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MOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY! WHILE THE SO CALLED PATRIOTS GOT HELP FROM AFRICANS AND INDIANS AND TO FIGHT OFF BRITISH TYRANNY AND UNFAIR AND INJUST RULE AND TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION NO SOONER THAN EMANCIPATED THEMSELVES FOR THEIR OWN FREEDOM. THE FIRST THING DONE WAS TO ENSLAVE AND DESTROY,EXPLOIT,VIOLATE AND BRUTALIZE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HELPED THEM ATTAIN THEIR FREEDOM. FROM IT’S INCEPTION THE LAWS CONCEIVED WERE WRITTEN WITH A BIASED AND BIGOTED PHILOSOPHY TO ESTABLISH PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE WHITE SUPREMACIST AGENDA FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH RACISM AS THE ENGINE,AND THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AS THE WHEELS THE VEHICLE OF INJUSTICE HAS RUN OVER THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES FOR OVER 400 YEARS LEAVING A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION IN IT’S WAKE WHILE PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM TURN A BLIND EYE TO US AND OUR PLIGHT. MEANING THAT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS DEFUNCT AND INCAPABLE OF BEING FAIR WHILE STANDING ON A FOUNDATION OF RACISM! THE LAWS OR BEING USED TO OPPRESS PEOPLE OF COLOR EVERYDAY AND MINORITIES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE LAW-MAKING PROCESS BECAUSE OF FALLACY AND INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICES INVOLVED IN MAKING THE LAWS TO TARGET CERTAIN GROUPS FOR MASS INCARCERATION AND EXPLOITATION WHICH VIOLATES AND IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO THE PURPOSE OF THE LAWS IN THE FIRST PLACE! MANY BLACK MEN WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE BEEN UNJUSTIFIABLY INCARCERATED AND NOT TILL THE DEVELOPMENT OF D.N.A EVIDENCE THAT THEIR INNOCENCE HAS BEEN PROVEN! ALSO WE MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE POLICE FORCE WAS INFILTRATED BY MANY MEMBERS OF THE KLU KLUX KLAN TO INTIMIDATE,HARRASS,IMPEDE AND OPPRESS AFRICAN-AMERICANS TRYING TO VOTE! AND EVEN WITH A AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY AGENDA’S AT AN ALL TIME HIGH SO THE QUESTION HERE IS HOW CAN THE LAWS BE JUST IF THE LAWMAKERS ARE FOCUSED ON PREMOTING INJUSTICE!
1) How the mentally ill are abused in our “justice” system by uneducated “professionals” at all levels,
2) How some local law enforcement personnel profile certain “types” of people, particularly ex-inmates, and their harrassment of those people,
3) Ridiculous Child Support laws and blatantly biased and ignorant Family Court judges that humilitate men and destroy their lives and any chance of a relationship with their children,
4) The school-to-prison pipeline, particularly in areas where the majority of families are poor and of color,
5) The insane Asset Forfeiture/DWI/Child Support/MVD/Magistrate Court Money-Making Machine,
6) The incestuous Domestic Violence Advocacy/D.A.‘s Office/Magistrate Court/County Jail/Probation Money Making Merry-Go-Round,
7) The punitive probation system with highly untrained and sometimes mentally unstable P.O.’s,
8) A man taken to jail and charged with DV with no evidence except a woman’s word, after which she admitted she only did because she was “angry”, but too late to prevent #6,
9) How the for-profit prison system – from phone charges to food to basic needs – fills the county coffers and corporation bank accounts from the pockets of the poor and degrades the lives of everyone involved,
10) A man falsely accused of rape by an undocumented woman, and how it is a common practice – that groups of undocumented women plan how they’re going to pick an drunk guy at a party to target – because the “state” is the accuser and they get to stay in the country until the legal proceedings are over,
11) Laws that make it nearly impossible for a man falsely accused of rape to get any kind of justice, and that was even before the hysteria about “rape culture” that is sweeping the country at the moment, and finally,
12) How it was there the whole time but I was blinded to it and completely brainwashed by the media and our current culture.
Our “criminal justice” system is an abomination. There are mostly good people in it….public defenders and criminal defense attorneys come quickly to mind….but most of the others are also trying to do good work. I do not blame the humans, it is just that the entire system has been corrupted and politicized and turned into something that has nothing to do with “public safety and rehabilitation” and everything to do with “punitive population control and profit”. My dream is to do a documentary series on each of these topics to expose the general public to the sides of the issues that they never hear and never knew existed….just like I used to. But I will do whatever I can to expose this Mass Injustice System.
Blessings to all!
I was recently arrested; in fact it was on my birthday, the 27th of October 2012. I turned 44.
Granted I have had my run ins with the law, mostly related to alcohol, so I donât drink much. But it was the morning of my birthday (Saturday morning) and though I had things to do in the dawn, I thought it would be nice to have a drink before bed, and as I live right in downtown Boise, Idaho, I walked to a few nearby pubs.
I later had an encounter with the police on the way home, one that I will surely rue.
During the stop and frisk, these police officers found a pipe and some pot in the chamber. Off to the jail I go. $300 per charge each was needed to make bail, being four of them, the previous charges as well as public intox and resisting. I am a college student (yes at 44). I have a VERY limited income. I make extra money by fixing computers and other electronic equipment, so as not to have to use any student funding or aid for my personal necessities, leaving my loans for rent and classes and books.
These charges, being misdemeanors, are punishable in Idaho with up to 6 months in jail for each charge, 1 yearâs probation and fines up to $2500. I havenât a dime now. Itâs going to be a ruff couple of months.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar/Manic Depression at the age of 11. It has progressed, as most types of this illness do, to clinical depression needing medication to keep in check. This disease has impeded much of my ability to live up to my potential and to have a ânormalâ life. I have had many types of prescription drugs over the years, written by well intending doctors, wanting only to help relieve my obvious pain and help increase my productivity and quality of life. Some medications worked, for a while, and then stopped. Some meds had awful side effects (some included death, right on the list next to may cause depression. How about that? An anti depressant, that would cause depression as a side effect). Many I couldnât take, physically or emotionally. Some would leave me lethargic, others would hype me out, never a good thing either way.
I used cannabis for the first time in the 8th grade. Yes, it made me stoned and giggly. It was quite the experience. Latter, on the second use, I was able to appreciate what it was doing to/for me. I was more focused, centered. My thoughts werenât racing and I was calm in a way I had never felt before. I was able to reflect on things around me, and organize my thoughts and I was able to see how I fit in to the world around me. It was amazing. I feltâ¦normal.
I paid for that ânormalcyâ and on more than one occasion.
On my 13th birthday I came home, stoned. I had missed a surprise birthday party in my behalf. My father was furious. I got the belt, and then he called the police. I got the lecture. I got grounded for a month, no jail. (I think the cop knew I had taken a beating, and that arresting me would just be insult to injury, quite literally.)
Funny how life comes full circle; The cops really laid on a beating this time (I got charged with resisting, go figure). 4 days later I am still sore.
If I am convicted of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, I lose my ability to get financial aid for college (need two more years to graduate). I risk not getting a decent job, plus everything that being punished by the law will entail.
With no money for a lawyer, I will be left to the public defenderâs office or representing myself.
I have had to take some considerable thought with what I am about to tell you next. It comes as no easy thing, nor have I taken its considerable consequences too lightly.
I will plea âNot guiltyâ and trust a jury to decide my fate. I can only hope that my argument will bare weight upon their conscious, if I am able to tell my story of the darkness and discomfort of depression. To tell how I have gone through all types of medications, and even nothing at all. Iâve used diet, exercise, the holistic approach as well as the medical. I have gone to all ends to find relief, and I am convinced, beyond any doubts, cannabis gives me relief and helps me to live a productive and active life. This isnât anecdotal. For me, this is a fact.
Facts being facts, most likely I will be convicted, as Jurist Prudence isnât something the courts like, nor openly allow. But I will have my say before the court, before sentencing. And I will speak my truth clearly and precisely. I will not acquiesce, nor be forced into thinking that I am doing wrong by self medicating with a natural plant. They may call me a criminal, but I will never take that moniker for myself. I am a freedom fighter, and my own man. Nothing stands between me and the divine. I will lay down my life (though I would hope to not have to for a very long time to come) for what I believe in, for the sake of others.
If I am jailed, I will not eat their food. I will not drink their water. I will not participate, even to the point of remaining static and non-threatening, but not fallowing any commands. I will not play along, though I will play nice, explaining to all that I interact with, that I do this for them as well, I will not play their game. I will do as my heroes have done, I will be passive, but resistant. This is my pledge.
Outside of my family and a few friends, and all of you, that read and share this letter, no one will know what I do. My hope and prayer, and my reason for writing this essay, is that my actions donât go unnoticed or fall by the dim hum of the wayside, and I will have only my four gray walls and my suffering as a companion for my thoughts, as I have little doubt that my actions will do naught but make my life more miserable, by standing up to the powers that be. Such is been the fate of many a good soul, who believes in the cause more than the need for their own freedom, or life. I have neither issue nor qualm taking up my banner and walking upon that road less taken, that path that leads to freedom. I would be my honor to repay the debt left to me, by all those others, which fought and gave their all, for what they believe in.
My eternal thanks to those that paved the way before me, and my thanks to you, for reading my word, and perhaps that will help carry me through this journey of which I am about to embark upon.
the blog is: http://walkingintosunlight.tumblr.com/
There is no justice in any of it.