New phone application that allows users to record law enforcement, to alert other Mobile Justice CA app users to nearby law enforcement encounters and to submit videos and incident reports automatically to the ACLU of California. Individuals who believe that they have witnessed a civil rights violation can complete an incident report and send it to the ACLU for review, along with their contact information, for follow-up.
The Department of Justice (DOJ):
1. Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:
- Make the Guidance enforceable
- Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
- Close the loophole for the border and national security
- Cover surveillance activities
- Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation
2. Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants
Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf
As President Obama continued a recent tradition of granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys just ahead of Thanksgiving, critics pointed out that he has shown less mercy toward human beings deserving of clemency. Despite the administration’s recent talk of reforming the criminal justice system, Obama has granted the fewest pardons of any modern president. During his presidency, Obama has pardoned 10 turkeys, while he has pardoned or commuted the sentences of only 39 people. According to an analysis last year by ProPublica, which studied applications for pardons processed by the Justice Department, Obama has granted clemency to just 2 percent of applicants. Of the 39 pardons Obama has granted, just 11 have been for people convicted of drug crimes. We are joined by Anthony Papa, an artist, writer and noted advocate against the war on drugs, who was himself imprisoned for many years until he was granted executive clemency. Papa is co-founder of the Mothers of the New York Disappeared and is the author of “15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom.”
OUR BELOVED BLACK PRESIDENT IS A PUPPET FOR THE WHITE POWER…. IT SEEMS HE HAS NO CARE FOR HIS OWN PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES FOR SMALL CRIMES. WHEN WILL WE TRULY HAVE A PRESIDENT FOR THE PEOPLE…?
A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”
Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow gives a depth look into this epidemic of blacks being targeted and imprisoned. Until this so-called justice system gets defaced, there is no justice for my people. We must educate each other and fight alongside if we want any change to this prison caste system.