Poetry Corner: #HaikusAgainstSolitary #HaikusForSolidarity

Haikus Against Solitary Confinement #HaikusForSolidarity curated by Delores Chalmers Keystone Decarceration Bloc – Presentation by e_parsons315 https://www.canva.com/design/DAFC4NcV5ZY/yHJlMg8ZL0SJydHkxNgB9w/view   A rose cannot bloom Bleeding hearts can not flower If kept in darkness   --Cas Miller, 15 years old, SCI Muncy, They/Them pronouns   I wrote these while thinking of my own isolation. In the county jail. my cell had no windows. I went two weeks without seeing the outside. It was the hardest [...]

Open Letter to Pres. Joe Biden from Political Prisoner Sean Swain

Dear President Biden:   I write to implore you not to nominate Gary C. Mohr as director of the Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Mohr is a radical, right-wing extremist who, as director of the Ohio prison system, instituted a domestic torture program to silence and neutralize his critics and political opponents. He committed crimes against humanity that are now challenged in international court, in Sean Swan versus the United States, InterAmerican Commission [...]

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend Excerpted from TelesurEnglish.net Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Gabriel Boric, 35, won a decisive run-off victory in alliance with the Chilean Communist Party against a right-wing opponent (whose father was a member of Hitler’s Nazi Party) in a changing Latin America, at times unstable. His victory comes after the triumphs earlier in 2021 of Pedro Castillo in Peru and Xiomara Castro in Honduras, [...]

Judge Orders Video Surveillance of CA Prison Guards

Federal Judge Orders Video Surveillance in 5 CA Prisons to stop abuse of imprisoned men & women with disabilities by Celeste Fremon https://witnessla.com/federal-judge-orders-video-surveillance-body-cams-in-5-ca-prisons-to-stop-abuse-of-men-women-with-disabilities/ On Thursday, March 11, Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken handed down a  blistering ruling that ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to institute a series of changes with which the judge hopes to put a stop to what she describes as a pattern of systemic abuse [...]

Eisenhower’s Warning on Military-Industrial Complex More Apt than Ever

Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team By Nicolas J. S. Davies   In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too.   Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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