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Report: Blacks Seven-Times More Likely than Whites to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
July 18, 2019
“From their very first interaction with the police, to being arrested, booked, charged, convicted, and sentenced, Black people are discriminated against and disproportionately criminalized at every stage of the criminal justice system,” according to the Innocence Project report, #BlackBehindBars: Sparking a conversation on the Black wrongful conviction experience in the U.S. ... read more »
Will Reparations Become Democrats’ Campaign Theme?
February 28, 2019
“America has an ugly history of racism,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said after addressing Democrats at an annual state dinner in New Hampshire, according to The Boston Globe. “We need to confront it head-on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change.” ... read more »
The Walking Dead: Public Policy is Problematic for People of Color
February 7, 2019
“Once you get a felony conviction, your life is practically ruined based off of the current laws on the books in many states,” said nationally-recognized civil rights attorney Benjamin L. Crump. “It is as if you are walking dead, but they just haven’t given you the death certificate.” ... read more »
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Sen. Cory Booker Announces 2020 Run for the White House 
February 7, 2019
“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind, where parents can put food on the table. Where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood. Where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins. Where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” said Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, during a video announcing his bid for President of the United States. ... read more »
Senator Harris Statement on FIRST STEP Act
December 20, 2018
“For years, we’ve been offered a false choice on criminal justice policy." ... read more »
Holly J. Mitchell takes Senate Oath of Office, Pledges to Keep Fighting for Constituents
December 6, 2018
She is the first African American to chair the powerful Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and ran unopposed last month to win reelection to a second four-year term. ... read more »
Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America
November 29, 2018
For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. ... read more »
Gov. Brown Signs Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer’s Bill That Will Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline 
September 20, 2018
Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer’s (D - South Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 2944, legislation that creates a permanent contribution-based funding source to end the school-to-prison pipeline.  ... read more »
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Lamont Carey says, ‘Keep Your Hustle, but Change Your Product’ 
August 23, 2018
Lamont Carey helps former criminals change their future and see value in their skills and experiences.   ... read more »
Michael Brown’s mom seeks reinvestigation, City Council seat
August 16, 2018
Lezley McSpadden said earlier in the day that she'd launched an online petition seeking a new investigation into her 18-year-old son's death, a case that sparked months of protests and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement nationally. McSpadden also announced that she planned to run for a seat on the Ferguson City Council in April. ... read more »
Injustice Against Blacks Far Too Long Ignored
March 1, 2018
Black men, according to the Federal Bureau of Justice statistics, have nearly a one-third chance of being incarcerated at some point in their lives.  ... read more »
DSA-LA Host Free Brake Light Clinic to Combat Police Violence
February 5, 2018
Feb. 10 Amid growing concerns about California’s punishing, often abusive criminal justice system, members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will host a clinic to replace broken brake lights for area residents free of charge. ... read more »
Bail Reform Is About Criminal Justice and Economic Justice
September 28, 2017
There are many injustices in our nation’s criminal justice system. But one of the greatest injustices occurs before the accused are even convicted of a crime. It’s the application of our money bail system, and it works like this.  ... read more »
Smithsonian Channel’s “The Lost Tapes: LA Riots” Captures the Essence of the L.A. Uprising 
May 2, 2017
“The Lost Tapes: LA Riots” showed all the important events leading up to the 1992 uprising, from the protests for the firing of then chief Daryl Gates, to the shooting of Latasha Harlins. ... read more »
(Part 8) DA Jackie Lacey gives advice to future generation and speaks on legacy
March 23, 2017
"In this country, 80 percent of the lawyers are white." said DA Jackie Lacey. "The law profession is even less diverse than the medical profession." ... read more / watch video »
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