Juneteenth Is about freedom, snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. Not only were promises of land overturned, ‘simply acting free was grounds for white retaliation’

By Dale Kretz, Jacobin, 19 June 21 Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. t’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War,” mused Felix Haywood about that …

How to reduce the carceral state to a tenth of its current size. Meanwhile, police are taking more than burglars…

Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year. By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, November 23, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/23/cops-took-more-stuff-from-people-than-burglars-did-last-year/ Here’s an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week. Officers can take …

Breaching Barriers: The Fight for Indigenous Participation, Especially Unrecognized Tribes, in Environmental Decision-Making

Humboldt State University hosts Dr. Ryan Emanuel. Friday, April 24 @ 12:30 Pacific/1:30 Mountain/2:30 Central/3:30 Eastern https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/86310753629 [humboldtstate.zoom.us] Breaching Barriers: The Fight for Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making Ryan E. Emanuel, North Carolina State University Indigenous peoples often face barriers to participation in decision-making that affect their present and ancestral territories. In the United States, the extent to which Indigenous voices …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence after the Civil War, and True Justice now

Read the report by the Equal Justice Initiative, Oct 2020 EJI Releases New Report Documenting 2,000 More Lynchings of Black People by White Mobs Reconstruction in America shows how the promises of Emancipation were betrayed by racial violence and terrorism. EJI’s new report, Reconstruction in America, documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Tackling evictions, housing and the prison-to-homelessness pipeline: Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. Half move directly to shelters in some places

Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population, according to a Prison Policy Initiative report. In New York City alone, over 54% of individuals who are released from prison move directly into the shelter system.  Criminalized people live in a perpetual state of insecurity, Lucius Couloute, sociologist and assistant professor at Suffolk University, said in …

Marshall Fund Research on Prisons and Incarceration

May 21 Ahmaud Arbery and the Local Legacy of Lynching How the white vigilante killing of the unarmed, black jogger in Brunswick, Georgia, is both an echo of past violence and a modern call to action.By JENNIFER RAE TAYLOR and KAYLA VINSON Like many residents of Brunswick, Georgia, where the public landscape features no memorialization of local lynching history, Ahmaud Arbery likely died …

Prison without Punishment: Human Dignity is Inviolable

December 20, 2018 Out From the Holocaust Germany reckoned with its past to build a better justice system. America should too. By AMY L. SOLOMON It’s the overall culture that feels most foreign. Relationships with staff are respectful and collegial, not adversarial. People who are incarcerated are seen and treated as people—not inmates, convicts, or “other.” The underpinnings of the German prison …