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Poverty has left me unable to open my own front door

Poverty has left me unable to open my own front door | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Jack Monroe: When I gave evidence about my time on the breadline to the parliamentary inquiry on hunger and food poverty, I was unprepared for the trauma of reliving it
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SPECIAL GUEST Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene

SPECIAL GUEST Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene will be speaking with us on / EDUCATING OUR YOUTH FOR THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY / Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene (formerly Booker T. Coleman) graduated from New York University in 1977, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics, with a minor in Caribbean Studies. He acquired his first Master degree in 1987 at Hunter College in New York City, majoring in history. He acquired his second Masters degree in 1988, at City College in New York, with a major in Education Administration and Supervision. / Dr Kaba is looking forward to taking questions / CALL # (347) 308-8131 - press #1 to speak
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Gordan Campbell: JAC Says: End Solitary Confinement; No Supermax at Rikers

Gordan Campbell: JAC Says: End Solitary Confinement; No Supermax at Rikers | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
END TORTURE IN NYC JAILS – PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS     INCARCERATED PEOPLE CAN’T BREATHE!  
NYC jails need to end the use of solitary confinement – not create new punitive units. But that is exactly want Department of Correction wants to do.
A GRAND JURY is not deciding on this proposal – the NYC Board of Correction is. WE have a chance to STOP it and DEMAND real changes to bring about humane treatment. But we need your help.
The Department of Correction uses SOLITARY CONFINEMENT to push any violation of jail rules. Now DOC wants the Board of Correction to create a new form of restrictive housing units by LOWERING the minimum standards for the treatment of incarcerated people. If the proposal passes, “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units” (ESHU) will be another way for DOC to isolate incarcerated people. There will be no protection for vulnerable populations (those living with mental health challenges, physical or developmental challenges, youth, etc.) in ESHU and no way for those placed there to make it out. They will lose their right to law library, religious services, contact visits, private correspondence and more.
 The one and only public meeting to discuss this proposal for punitive segregation is DECEMBER 19 at 9:00M AT THE CITY MUNICIPAL BUILDING (125 WORTH STREET), NEW YORK NY 10013.
 
 We need you, your friends, and your network to SPEAK OUT and DEMAND humane treatment of incarcerated people.  Sign this petition and help us make this go viral.
 
 UNLIKE A GRAND JURY, which is closed, this meeting and its outcome are public. Mayor de Blasio will have to answer for his part in forming this new unit. It is nothing more than a JAIL WITHIN A JAIL... CONTROLLED BY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS!
  The NYC Board of Correction must fulfill its role as an INDEPENDENT watchdog agency and RAISE the minimum standards so that the torture of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT is no longer permitted in NYC jails.
SIGN, POST AND TWEET THIS PETITION so that Mayor De Blasio gets the message
         SOLITARY CONFINEMENT & ESHU = “WE CAN’T BREATHE”
Support JAC’s Efforts!
 
 
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It Is Hard To Listen To This 6-Year-Old Girl Call 911 And Not Cry For Her

It Is Hard To Listen To This 6-Year-Old Girl Call 911 And Not Cry For Her | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
This is a call between a 6-year-old girl and a 911 dispatcher.  Before you even hear what she has to say, you can hear her cries for help.
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The system isn't broken, it's racist by design | SocialistWorker.org

The system isn't broken, it's racist by design | SocialistWorker.org | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Barack Obama talks about addressing racism in policing today, yet never utters phrases like "racial inequality" and "mass incarceration."
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Opinion: Prop 47 empties prisons but opens a can of worms

Opinion: Prop 47 empties prisons but opens a can of worms | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The state is not alone — we are seeing a seismic shift in how the United States handles punishment, especially with respect to misdemeanor decriminalization. Marijuana is the most famous example, but many states are eliminating jail time for other minor offenses, such as driving violations and public order crimes, and replacing them with so-called “nonjailable misdemeanors,” “nonarrestable” or “fine-only” offenses, and “civil infractions.” The “non-jailable misdemeanor” — popular in many states — is still a crime that triggers arrest, probation and fines, criminal records and other collateral consequences. Even the gold standard of decriminalization — the “non-arrestable” civil infraction — can derail a defendant’s employment, education and immigration status, while the failure to pay noncriminal fines can lead to contempt citations and incarceration. Voters and legislators might embrace decriminalization proposals in lieu of legalization in the mistaken belief that they are equivalent. Many hope also that decriminalization will ease the criminal justice system’s infamous racial skew because African American men are disproportionately jailed for minor offenses. For all these diverse reasons, misdemeanor decriminalization has strong support across the political spectrum: from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to the American Bar Association, the Cato Institute and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson. [...] because such offenses do not trigger the right to counsel, thousands of individuals are getting convicted — along with fines they might not be able to pay — without legal assistance or full information. [...] in most states, a decriminalized offense can still affect employment, housing eligibility, student loans and immigration. [...] under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, a civil, non-arrestable, decriminalized marijuana infraction from a local jurisdiction counts as a criminal offense triggering a longer federal sentence. In perhaps the greatest irony, courts around the country routinely use civil contempt to jail individuals for nonpayment even though decriminalized offenses are technically “nonjailable.” Because it eliminates lawyers and other forms of due process, decriminalization can barrel ahead without much resistance.
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After a $41 Million Settlement from NYC, the Central Park Five Also Want $52 Million from the State

After a $41 Million Settlement from NYC, the Central Park Five Also Want $52 Million from the State | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The Central Park Five--the five men who, in 1989 were imprisoned for a rape they didn't commit--seek $52 million from state court.
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Young and hungry in 2014 Britain

The sometimes "heavy-handed" use of benefit sanctions has been partly blamed for the rise of food banks. But what does that mean for the young people at the sharp end?
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Scrap CPS - Baby LK Report For December 6th 2014

Scrap CPS - Baby LK Report For December 6th 2014 For these stories and all the latest dirt on the child protective industry visit http://www.LegallyKidnapped...
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Change Reality Show, A Homeless Merry Christmas -

Change Reality Show, A Homeless Merry Christmas Thanks to those who helped us feed and clothe the homeless today! ‪#‎TSDLYB‬ Thanks to all who donated to thi...
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Four stabbed on Amtrak train from Chicago

Four stabbed on Amtrak train from Chicago | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Four people are hurt but the severity of their injuries is not yet known, according to police in Niles, Michigan. A suspect is in custody.
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If You’re Protesting Today, or Any Day, You Should Know Your Cellphone Rights

If You’re Protesting Today, or Any Day, You Should Know Your Cellphone Rights | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Regardless of what you’re protesting, if you head out to exercise your First Amendment rights, you will probably have a cellphone with you. You might be planning to take photos/videos with it or use it to contact people. But you might also have it just because you always have it....
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EDITORIAL: Juvenile reforms critical to state's future

EDITORIAL: Juvenile reforms critical to state's future | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
South Dakota is damaging its own future due to a misdirected method of incarcerating far too many youthful offenders, particularly those facing only misdemeanors or minor drug and alcohol charges.
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Bronx man convicted of attempted murder hopes documentary will shine light on justice system

Bronx man convicted of attempted murder hopes documentary will shine light on justice system | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned

Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Last year there were 91 exonerations. This year there have been 90 thus far. To date there have been 1482 exonerations overall, only 321 of them being DNA related. What is causing the staggering number of wrongful convictions?...
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Hungry for justice at Berkeley

Hungry for justice at Berkeley | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Black students blockaded one of the main dining facilities at UC Berkeley in an action in solidarity with the Ferguson protests.
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DWP telling single parents 'Leave your kids home alone' claims Darlington MP

DWP telling single parents 'Leave your kids home alone' claims Darlington MP | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
SINGLE parents participating in the Government's flagship back-to-work scheme are being told to leave children as young as nine at home unsupervised in order to attend, according to a North-East MP.
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WHY WE WON'T WAIT: RESISTING THE WAR VS. THE BLACK AND BROWN UNDERCLASS

WHY WE WON'T WAIT: RESISTING THE WAR VS. THE BLACK AND BROWN UNDERCLASS | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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Robert Wayne Holsey Faces Lethal Injection in Georgia

Robert Wayne Holsey Faces Lethal Injection in Georgia | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lawyers for Mr. Holsey argued that he was represented by a drunken lawyer, had an exceptionally harsh childhood and has a severe intellectual deficit.
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We won't stop until Black lives matter

We won't stop until Black lives matter | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Thousands came into the streets to protest the failure to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner--not only in New York, but around the country.
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George Mallinckrodt~Florida Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

George Mallinckrodt~Florida Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
We will discuss the inhumane treatment of mentally ill inmates in the Florida DOC. George Mallinckrodt worked in the Transitional Care Unit at The Dade Correctional Institution. He is an author and wrote the book "Getting Away With Murder." This book tells the horrible story of Darren Rainey who was scalded to death in the shower as a punishment. George no longer worked for the DOC when Mr. Rainey was murdered.
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American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom

American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
AMERICAN EXILE Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom December 2014 Executive Summary and Recommendations AMERICAN EXILE Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom Executive Summary and Recommendations At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly June 2012 Americ...
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Poverty in Cincinnati double the U.S. rate -

New Census data show poverty is getting worse across the Tri-State, and the situation is especially dire in the city of Cincinnati.
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Activists Fight to Stop New Youth Jail in Seattle - New America Media

Activists Fight to Stop New Youth Jail in Seattle - New America Media | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism. Founded in 1996 by Pacific News Service, New America Media promotes ethnic media by strengthening the editorial and economic viability of this increasingly influential segment of America's communications industry.
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