Trump, GOP Stack the Supreme Court, Federal Judiciary

As we went to press, the Republican-controlled Senate ratified Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, a hard right religious reactionary who has opposed the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade abortion rights, ruled repeatedly in favor of cops and prison guards in abuse cases, and testified that global warming is a controversial political issue. She was one of the lawyers who worked on Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision that ended the Florida vote count and allowed Bush to steal the 2000 [...]

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin by Hadar Aviram https://www.hadaraviram.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-california-court-of-appeal-orders-50-population-reduction-at-san-quentin/ [Excerpts] We won In re Von Staich, the habeas corpus case challenging CDCR’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at San Quentin. Justice Kline wrote: “We agree that respondents–the Warden and CDCR–have acted with deliberate indifference and relief is warranted.” Here is an analysis of the opinion. Justice Kline begins by stating the magnitude of the San Quentin catastrophe. Even against the horrific history of disease and contagion in prisons–including three separate [...]

THE HIDDEN CRISIS IN AMERICA’S JAILS—DYING INSIDE

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/ “A lot of people are dying, and they've never been sentenced, and that's obviously a huge problem.” A Reuters investigation has documented thousands of in-custody death in jails, in most cases prior to trial and conviction. This should be a huge national scandal and a high-priority topic in the election, but it isn't. Here's the Justice Dept. memo in which AG Jeff Sessions ordered Trump's DOJ to stop seeking jail reform consent decrees: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1109621/download Watch the disturbing, graphic video… https://queso.prod.reuters.tv/rest/v2/queso/static/id/RCV8UH2/mp4 Rare scrutiny shows that deaths in [...]

People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

Propositions on the CA Ballot; Measure on LA County Ballot

Propositions on the CA ballot based on info at https://calmatters.org/election-2020-guide/   PROPOSITION 14: Have California continue funding stem cell research, by borrowing up to $5.5 billion. Prop. 14 would generate the money to keep open the state’s own stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and expand its research capacity. That would include dedicating $1.5 billion for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy, and other brain and central nervous system diseases. The rest of the money would go for other research, medical training, building new research facilities [...]

Jeff-toon: The Threat of a Second Term for 45

If Trump steals the election, the USA will become more of a tragedy than it already has been under his corrupt horrible misrule.

How to Make Sure You Can Vote in 2020 and that Your Vote Gets Counted

How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts In 2020 by Steven Rosenfeld https://www.nationalmemo.com/how-to-make-sure-your-vote-counts-in-2020 This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute (IMI). The 2020 general election is not just historic because of the stakes. The shift to voting from home with mailed-out ballots is unprecedented. Any new process can be confusing. But voting is a methodical process, even if some of the steps seem unnecessary or were designed to suppress participation. Three Steps    The voting process has three stages. First [...]

The Oxnard Civil “Gang” Injunction is Officially Dead

The Oxnard Civil “Gang” Injunction is Officially Dead A Victory for the People and the Constitution By Armando Vazquez In a news release on Tuesday, July 21, 2021 it was reported that the “Oxnard Police Department Will Work With District Attorney’s Office to Vacate Civil Gang Injunctions” Since 2004, Chiques Organizing for Rights and Equality (CORE), has been organizing and fighting in the community and the courts for the total rescission of the two unconstitutional Oxnard Civil “Gang” Injunctions. Our CORE fight has been foundationally based on [...]

Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

Issues and Individuals in March 3 Primary

Criminal Justice System On Trial in March 3 Ballot      Whether you think the criminal justice system is broken, or you believe it's doing what it was designed to do by targeting poor people and people of color, that system is on the March 3 primary election ballot in many ways. The presidential primary, along partisan lines, offers stark choices among candidates and visions. The other races in CA are all essentially non-partisan -- anyone can vote for any candidate on the ballot for each position, and [...]

Challenging the Death Penalty for the Holidays

It would be nice if the legal system slowed down for the holidays, however James Daley's stay of execution is set to expire on December 30th. Please join thousands of individuals who have already signed the Death Penalty Action petition to urge Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to grant a full clemency hearing to James Daley. Unfortunately, the judge who granted Daley's stay in November has ruled that the state's case against Daley was, "Not strong, but it was sufficient." And yet, this recent cover story for New [...]

Grand Jury = State Terrorism

Grand Jury System = State Terrorism By Chelsea Manning httpss://www.aaronswartzday.org/chelsea-manning-asd-2019/ (As read on Saturday, November 9 at the Aaron Swartz Day Event, in San Francisco.) I wish I could be there in person, but I appreciate this opportunity to summarize for you my letter to the court that ordered me to be confined, explaining why grand juries are so dangerous. I am not alone in objecting to the grand jury as a dangerous relic that has evolved in ways that increase its power without increasing its protections. [...]

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