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Empty descPress Release Town Hall Meeting International National Network In Action “Black Lives Matter: Is Fresno becoming Ferguson?" Date: Tuesday 23, 2016 Time: 6 pm Contact: Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr (559) 790-4277 Location: New Light For New Life Church Of God 1106 W. Woodward Fresno, Ca 93706 Web Site: http://xyfloyd.wixsite.com/nnia Video: Black student being choked by Fresno Police Motorcycle Traffic Officers: https://www.youtube.com/watch? Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr. founder of the National Network In Action has united pastors, concerned citizens, community leaders and statewide activists to continue to push the Black Lives Matter movement in Fresno, Ca. Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr international civil rights leader and Justice Rene-Anthony Medina a local activist both have been arrested by Fresno Police Department for Black Lives Matter activity. Justice Medina will be present to speak at the town hall meeting. This is an extremely important town hall meeting to include the recent police brutality against an African American male who was jaywalking on the first day of High School going to campus. He was slammed to the ground and choked by a Fresno Police Motorcycle Traffic Officers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xKu8SVb-DE. Speakers will testify about how they are being targeted, harassed, profiled and abused by local police. There will be local victims and concerned citizens who will give testimony on how local law enforcement have fatally murdered their love one's unjustly. Rev. Harris will continue to organize the people in Fresno to stand for justice and equality for all people.ription
A new investigation by the US Department of Justice found that privately owned, for-profit prisons are way more likely to instigate lockdowns, abuse solitary confinement, and generate medical complaints, than other prisons in the system. The Resident discusses. Like The Resident on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheResident
In California on Thursday authorities arrested nearly 300 people in a human trafficking sweep. Los Angeles law enforcement identified 10 victims who official report had been forced into prostitution. " Police stated 8 of the 10 who were rescued in what officiasl are calling "Operation Summer Rescue" were minors. Despite numerous sweeps throughout the year Tim Stack from the LAPD told the LA Times that trafficking continues to persist. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center reports that California has the highest rate of reported trafficking in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/d... http://www.wochit.com
Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accusing a small Arkansas city of running what they said amounted to a modern day debtors prison. A local court imposed inordinate fees on the poor and jailed them if they did not pay. The groups include the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Civil Liberties Union. They say the city of Sherwood, with a population of about 30,000 people, generated some $12 million over the past five years through the system. The lawsuit claims it's illegal and targets African-American residents. A lawyer for the city and a municipal court judge, named as a defendant, did not respond to requests for comment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/d... http://www.wochit.com
New York - For the many veterans of the human rights struggles, past and present, who were in the room, it was more than a book signing acknowledging the paperback publication of Robert Hillary King’s autobiography, “From the Bottom of the Heap.” It was a tribute to the Angola 3.
The heavily tattooed state prison inmate had been held in the locked, one-man cell not as a serial killer or homicidal maniac but as a soldier in a race-based predatory prison gang. Joshua, who is serving three years for assault and asked that his full name not be used for fear of retribution, crossed a line of no return when he told authorities he wanted out of the prison gang. [...] it was the first step in entering a voluntary Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison program that officials say has slashed the number of gang members in segregated custody by 61 percent over the past decade. Texas began locking away gang members in administrative segregation in 1985 as a way to take back control of a prison system that was among the most violent in the nation. Letting gang members roam the prisons was seen as too dangerous for other inmates and guards because the gangs were predatory, organized and violent. Today, inmates are still automatically transferred to administrative segregation – also known as ad-seg, the hole or solitary confinement – if they are identified as a member of one of seven known gangs operating in the prisons. Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project, said indefinite solitary confinement does infinite harm. The Texas prison system's Gang Renouncement and Disassociation program developed as a way to get inmates out of the gangs and onto a better path. The Texas system also recently introduced a Segregation Diversion Program, which allows gang members returning to prison a chance to renounce their membership and be re-educated from the start. More than 30 states across the U.S. now have programs to give inmates a way to work their way out of segregated custody, said David Pyrooz, a University of Colorado Boulder criminologist who has studied gangs and the Texas prison system. Sitting in a classroom for the gang renouncement program at a maximum security prison recently, Joshua said that he hopes to be free of the gang life by the time he finishes serving his sentence.
Racial inequality is worsening in the United Kingdom with young black people and ethnic minorities suffering "institutional racism" and "unfairness" in the fields of education, employment and the criminal justice system. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also said in its latest report that race was the motive in 82 percent of hate crimes recorded in England and Wales with the two nations witnessing an "unprecedented spike" since Britain voted to leave the European Union on 23 June. Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from London.
VICE’s Justice series examines the winners and losers of the for-profit criminal justice system. Imprisoning people for being poor has technically been illegal in this country for two hundred years, but it is still a reality. Municipalities with small, low-income populations and correspondingly low tax bases regularly pay their salaries, and pad their budgets by issuing “quality of life” and traffic fines to people for minor offenses—and sending them to jail if they can’t pay. VICE examines the ways these local governments have turned broken-windows policing into profit, and meets the people who are fighting back. WATCH NEXT: Inside America's For-Profit Bail System - http://bit.ly/2bvBkus Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE
Australia must establish independent bodies to investigate child abuse in its detention facilities across the country, Amnesty International said today after it obtained more than 1,000 pages of government documents revealing abuses in two more centres.
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