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N.J. Father Who Impregnated Daughter Sees Himself As Prophet, Ex-Wife Testifies

N.J. Father Who Impregnated Daughter Sees Himself As Prophet, Ex-Wife Testifies | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Aswad Ayinde (pictured) , the New Jersey father who stands accused of raping and impregnating three of his five daughters when they were all minors, is currently facing his second of five jury tria...
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Cyntoia Brown: National legal groups join appeal to free woman sentenced to life at 16

Cyntoia Brown: National legal groups join appeal to free woman sentenced to life at 16 | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The case of Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life for murder at the age of 16, has attracted international attention.
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FULL UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINING 59 DEFENDANTS, SOLIDARITY UPDATE

FULL UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINING 59 DEFENDANTS, SOLIDARITY UPDATE By DefendJ20Resistance January 19, 2018 On January 18, 2018, the US Attorney’s office dismissed charges against 129 of the remaining 188 #J20 defendants. This was almost on the anniversary of MPD’s mass arrest of 230 people at the anticapitalist and antifascist march against Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. Following the mass arrest, all defendants were indicted on a multitude of felony and misdemeanor charges. Today, 59 people are still facing seven felony charges each, punishable by over 60 years in prison. While the government alleges that these people damaged property, planned the protests, or had knowledge of the black bloc tactic, we know that this case has always been about political repression and expanding the state’s ability to stifle resistance. The government is making a calculated choice to single out this group as they further their efforts to redefine basic political organizing as conspiracy and to set the terms of what is “acceptable” protest. Just as the anti-capitalist march was brutally attacked by police in the streets, the government is attacking dissent by leveraging the so-called “justice system” to break people’s spirits. In December, we celebrated the full aquittal of the first six defendants. While we continue to celebrate with the dismissal of charges against these 129 defendants, we do so knowing that this was only made possible by the bravery and hard work of both resistors and supporters. We see the narrowing of the defendant pool for what it is: a scare tactic and a renewed effort to try to secure as many convictions as possible. As the government continues in its attempt to repress political activity through conspiracy and rioting charges, we will remain steadfast in our support of these 59 defendants. The overwhelming majority of people arrested on January 20 immediately recognized this as a political prosecution from the start and quickly agreed to work together and coordinate our collective defense. It is this collective defense – along with the innumerable fundraisers, events, and work put in by supporters – that has gotten us this far. We will actively support each and every remaining defendant. The government will not break the solidarity among the remaining defendants in this case, nor will their repressive strategy stop resistance to fascism, capitalism, and the state. Every attempt to weaken us will only make us stronger. Our capacity to resist has only grown. This has been a long and harrowing year for the 194 people who committed to taking their cases to trial and will continue to be for those still facing charges. As J20 defendants, we have been bolstered by a massive support base and our ability to fight our charges without having to sit in jail for this past year. We know that most people captured by the state are not this lucky. The legal system is designed to punish arrestees long before they can get to trial, whittling down their emotional and financial resources to impair resistance and coerce concessions. The legal system is a weapon used to repress anyone that challenges white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism. This is the daily reality for black, brown, immigrant, indigenous and poor communites who challenge those systems both actively and by their very existence. We recognize the support of a social movement and the need for anti-prison efforts to reach every person facing charges and intimidation. The dismissal of charges for 129 defendants, and the prior acquittal of six others in December, shows both the power of solidarity in fighting against state repression and the privilege of media attention. Over 30 cities across Turtle Island are participating in a week of solidarity with J20 arrestees. Thank you to everyone who has shown us support; whether you hosted or donated to a fundraiser, boosted our case on social media, dropped a banner or held a demo, came to court looking sharp as hell, or sent your friends sweet words of love and solidarity–it all keeps us going. We are all in this together. Keep showing up for the 59 remaining defendants and for all who resist the state. Until everyone is free, Defend J20 Resistance -- Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 863.9977 https://freedomarchives.org/
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The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Matters

The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Matters | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it


Tracey Crouch will oversee the government's efforts to tackle

Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment,” Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, says in a statement.

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Workhouse Prison Museum

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Discover Workhouse Prison Museum in Lorton, Virginia: A small museum in a former prison tells the story of a dark but pivotal chapter in the women's suffrage movement.
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Exoneree Deskovic: Here's how Cuomo can reform NY's criminal justice system

He was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years. Now, Deskovic is a Pace U. law student. 'I lost so much to a flawed criminal justice system,' he says.
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Canada's use of lengthy solitary confinement in jails is unconstitutional – judge

Canada's use of lengthy solitary confinement in jails is unconstitutional – judge | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Campaigners hope the judgment will end the controversial practice under which some inmates have been kept alone for four years
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Cyntoia Brown: National legal groups join appeal to free woman sentenced to life at 16

The case of Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life for murder at the age of 16, has attracted international attention.
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Bill would stop old 10-year-old felonies from being used in state's three-strike laws

A bill filed in the Mississippi Legislature would prevent felonies more than 10 years old from being used to sentence a person as habitual offender.

A rock of cocaine or stealing a pickup can get a person sentenced to life in prison as a habitual offender if one of the prior convictions was for a crime of violence. Bills filed in the state Senate could change that. They would prohibit using a felony more than 10 years old to sentence a person as a habitual ...

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In search of political prisoners: A dialogue with Padraic Kenney | OUPblog

In search of political prisoners: A dialogue with Padraic Kenney | OUPblog | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
States around the world imprison people for their beliefs or politically-motivated actions. Oppositional movements of all stripes celebrate their comrades behind bars. Yet they are more than symbols of repression and human rights. Padraic Kenney discusses his new book, Dance in Chains: Political Imprisonment in the Modern World, which seeks to find universal answers to questions about the meaning and purpose of imprisonment.
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Black Lives Movement Pioneer Has a Story to Tell

Black Lives Movement Pioneer Has a Story to Tell | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Four questions for author and activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors.

Or when she was a high school freshman and her teenage brother Monte was arrested for a break-in and tortured, he claimed—starved, beaten, and placed in solitary confinement—by guards at the Los Angeles County Jail. Her new memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, is a searing coming-of-age ...

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Teenagers held in isolated cells for more than 250 days in Western Australia

Teenagers held in isolated cells for more than 250 days in Western Australia | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Amnesty International calls for unit in youth detention centre to close, saying treatment may breach international law
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Upstate jails contain thousands of prisoners too poor to bail themselves out

Upstate jails contain thousands of prisoners too poor to bail themselves out | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Gov. Cuomo moving to reform bail system.

Accused of stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old, Browder spent three years in Rikers Island jail — 400 days in solitary confinement — because he was unable to come up with $3,000 in bail money. He was 22 when he took his own life. “The blunt ugly reality is that, too often,

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Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions

Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, prisoners will stop all work to protest “slave labor,” price gouging, and unexplained deaths in custody.
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DPAC calls national day of action to demand universal credit is scrapped

DPAC calls national day of action to demand universal credit is scrapped | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Disabled activists are organising a national day of action to push for the government’s new universal credit benefit system to be scrapped. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) believes that the “pu…
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WA inspector to examine Banksia claims

WA inspector to examine Banksia claims | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Allegations some children at Western Australia's juvenile detention centre have been kept in solitary confinement for long periods will be investigated by the Inspector of Custodial Services.
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Ontario will end solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates

Ontario will end solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
TORONTO — Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province’s human rights commission.
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Striking Florida Prisoners Thrown in Solitary Confinement, Activists Say

Striking Florida Prisoners Thrown in Solitary Confinement, Activists Say | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
#OperationPUSH advocates say prisoners were planced on lockdown as early as two weeks ago.
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Mountjoy prisoners seek solitary confinement for protection

Mountjoy prisoners seek solitary confinement for protection | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Gang culture and easy availability of drugs continue to pose widespread problems

Up to one in four inmates in Mountjoy prison are in solitary confinement at any given time due to their fears of attack from gang members, a report has found. The Mountjoy Visiting Committee said in the absence of a solution to the gang problem in society as a whole, the situation of inmates requiring ...

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Protest at FL Dept. of Corrections turns physical, woman arrested

Protest at FL Dept. of Corrections turns physical, woman arrested | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A big protest at the Florida Department of Corrections turned physical as police stepped in.
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Western Australia's Corrective Services Boss Denies Teens Were Subjected To Solitary Confinement

Western Australia's Corrective Services Boss Denies Teens Were Subjected To Solitary Confinement | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
"We actually don't torture people in corrections in this state," Western Australia's corrective services commissioner said.
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Florida prisoners launch strike against slave labor

Florida prisoners launch strike against slave labor | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lake Butler Work Camp, Fla., Jan. 16 — There is one place in the U.S. where slavery is still constitutionally legal: in prisons. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passed in 1864, a…
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A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 3

A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 3 | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lamont Banks, Cliff Stewart, and Lisa Stewart of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans. Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Lamont, Cliff and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" and what happens when justice miscarries against our American citizens. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commit. Read full story: www.freetheirp6.org. For more information, about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, visit www.a-justcause.com. Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and Like our Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCoast2Coast, and https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCO, https://www.facebook.com/FreetheIRP6 Thank you for your support!
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Opinion | Sent home to a deadly nightmare by Trump’s America

Opinion | Sent home to a deadly nightmare by Trump’s America | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Trump's America sent a transgender asylum seeker back to a deadly nightmare.
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Florida’s Prison Laborers Are Going On Strike

Florida’s Prison Laborers Are Going On Strike | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Demanding fair pay for their work and an end to brutal conditions, the inmates are putting pressure on the Florida prison system’s bottom line.
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Dept seeks amicable solution to Barberton prison hunger strike

Dept seeks amicable solution to Barberton prison hunger strike | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The prisoners, who are serving life sentences, are refusing to eat as part of their protest over parole.
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