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Thursday, 18 December 2014

George Stinney Jr Exonerated 70 Years After His Death

Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his murder conviction. On Wednesday morning, Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the decision against George Stinney Jr., a black teen who was convicted of beating two young white girls to death in the small town of Alcolu in 1944. Civil rights advocates have spent years trying to get the case reopened, arguing that Stinney's confession was coerced. At the time of his arrest, Stinney weighed just 95 pounds. Officials said Stinney had admitted beating the girls, 11 and 8 years old, with a railroad spike. In a 2009 affidavit, Stinney's sister said she had been with him on the day of the murders and he could not have committed them. Stinney was put on trial and then executed within three months of the killings. His trial lasted three hours, and a jury of 12 white men took 10 minutes to find him guilty. He is often cited as the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century. At the time of the crime, 14 was the legal age of criminal responsibility in the state. http://www.allblackmedia.com

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  1. George Stinney
  2. George Junius Stinney, Jr. was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. Wikipedia
  3. BornOctober 21, 1929, South Carolina, United States


  •  It took a jury 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/18/the-rush-job-conviction-of-14-year-old-george-stinney-exonerated-70-years-after-execution/?tid=hpModule_9d3add6c-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e
  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014

    Change Gon' Come





    RYSE believes that young people’s stories and lived experiences should be the drivers and measures of justice and change. Street Literature, an award winning video featuring RYSE youth and directed by young filmmaker Gemikia Henderson, speaks to our belief and investment in the power of narrative and counter-narrative, illuminating the collective pain, hurt, and judgment felt by young people of color in the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and Israel Hernandez. Its follow up, Change Con’ Come, illuminates both the struggles and dedication of young people to make changes in their own lives, despite and in light of the injustice they face, so that they, their families, and the young people coming up after them can live, love, and flourish.

    “As a community member, it’s important to show we have the ability to change society’s perception of us. As a director, I feel it’s important to show what young people see everyday. In this way, my work addresses the question, ‘How can you be down for change if you don't know what needs to be changed?' Change Gon' Come addresses how we plan to change within ourselves to help change others.” -Gemikia Henderson

    Monday, 15 December 2014

    Manteca's Homeless Hate Laws • Part 1 • BRAVE NEW FILMS

    The city of Manteca has outlawed all makeshift housing and homeless encampments. With no plans to build a permanent homeless shelter, these laws put peoples lives in jeopardy as colder weather moves in. SIGN THE PETITION: http://bravenewfilms.org/endhomelesshate SUBSCRIBE:http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...
    SOLUTIONS: http://overcrime.org

    Criminalizing homelessness does nothing to solve the problem -and is far more expensive than alternatives that have worked in other cities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJf1o...

    Raw video of city council passing the Homeless Hate Laws. 
    WATCH: http://manteca-ca.granicus.com/MediaP...
    The Manteca City Council starts their meeting with a prayer, pose for a "Homeless & Runaway Awareness Month" photo op, then pass Homeless Hate Laws that effectively make it illegal to be homeless in Manteca. 

    Immediately afterwards, the Manteca city council approved $10,300 for the chief of police to buy two money-counting machines to count the money seized during asset forfeitures. When asked if any of the funds would be used to help the homeless, the police chief replied no -funds from asset forfeiture are earmarked to buy an armored vehicle. Manteca does NOT need ANOTHER armored vehicle.

    The next month, they made it illegal to rummage through garbage for food or recyclables.

    Even before these ordinances were passed, homeless residents face hatred and brutality from Manteca police. Earlier this year, Manteca Police officer Ben Cromwell savagely beat a homeless veteran -after waking him at gunpoint:
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=07a_14...

    This video clearly shows the officer initiate an unnecessary attack -brutalizing the disoriented veteran for several minutes and leaving behind a pool of blood.

    Manteca just approved $1,160,00 to build a community center to house the local VFW -but there are essentially no services to help most homeless people (including homeless veterans). The services that are offered up as "help" aren't even IN Manteca: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.o...

    Manteca's plan to solve homelessness is nothing more than an attempt to round all homeless people up and ship them out to the next town -passing the buck to other cities that have their own housing challenges.

    Contact City Council and tell them to consider alternatives:

    Stephen "Steve" DeBrum - Future Mayor of #Manteca
    sdebrum@mantecagov.com
    (209) 456-8017

    Willie W. Weatherford - Current Mayor (retiring)
    wweatherford@mantecagov.com
    (209) 456-8017

    John W. Harris - Councilman
    vhernandez@mantecagov.com
    (209) 456-8017

    Debby Moorhead - Councilwoman
    dmoorhead@mantecagov.com
    (209) 456-8017

    http://www.bravenewfilms.org/overcrim...

    READ MORE: Think Progress http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014...

    Discussing "alternatives to incarceration" for women





    Three Boston, Massachusetts-based criminal justice experts weigh in on “alternatives to incarceration.” These are programs meant to keep people in the community in lieu of jail or prison time while they complete certain mandates, such as substance abuse or mental health counseling, anger management, parenting classes or other educational classes, and sometimes receive assistance with job training or placement. But is the specific phrase “alternatives to incarceration” the best choice?

    --Dr. Susan Sered argues that incarceration is neither necessary nor useful for most women in jails and prisons. She is in favor of policies that minimize incarceration, but she says she is concerned that most "alternatives to incarceration" buy into the idea that the women involved are in fact criminals who require reform and supervision rather than jobs, housing and respect. Dr. Sered's September 2014 book "Can't Catch a Break" documents the lives of 40 women and their post-incarceration lives.

    --Professor Wallace Holohan runs the Prisoners' Rights Clinic at Northeastern University, and he has more than 30 years experience in law. The clinic provides to people incarcerated in Massachusetts free legal assistance regarding disciplinary charges, parole applications and parole revocation. He believes in "alternatives to incarceration" that provide schooling, vocational training, and counseling for women and men.

    --Probation Officer Yvonne Nelson from Dorchester District Court has worked with probationers for 19 years. She said she believes the US over-incarcerates and that "alternatives to incarceration" help give the courts more options in order to help people stay connected with their communities.

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    #SaveILF Urgent Call - mass action to save the Independent Living Fund on Tue Jan 6th 1.30pm at the House of Commons


    #SaveILF Urgent Call - mass action to save the Independent Living Fund on Tue Jan 6th 1.30pm at the House of Commons

    Following the loss of our court case against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) we need as many disabled people and their supporters to join us for a mass visit to parliament. We need you to be there and be seen.

    At the moment only the Green Party have said they willkeep the ILF open, Labour have shockingly refused to commit to do this. That is in spite of them paying lip service to the ideal of independent living when in reality all they offer is empty rhetoric.

    We must stop disabled people being pushed back into the margins of society, we will not go back into the institutions, our place is in the community alongside our family and friends and neighbours and we are fighting to stay.

    Join us for a DPAC- style lobby of parliament on January 6th 2015. Let’s kick of next year’s Revenge Tour campaigning by making sure we let politicians know we are still here and are neither going away nor allowing ourselves to become prisoners in institutions or our own homes.

    We will meet in the central hall just through security and suggest people arrive for 1.30pm to allow time to get through security. Contact us on mail@dpac.uk.net if you want to meet up beforehand, have any specific access needs or need help towards travel costs.

    ‘Cos we’re not taking no for an answer'!




    http://dpac.uk.net/2014/12/urgent-call-out-for-mass-action-to-saveilf/

    Sunday, 14 December 2014

    Coalition Government Welfare Reform - from anger to resistance #‎PaulaPeters #ILF

    From anger to resistance - my story. This is a video made by one of my friends on facebook Paula Peters and her husband Rob. Please watch, and please share, thank you. Paula's twitter: @paulapeters2