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Trump Promises “Platinum Plan” for Black Americans
October 8, 2020
 In an attempt to win Black voters that have been elusive for the Republican Party for many cycles, President Donald Trump announced a "Platinum Plan," of Black Economic Empowerment. Trump unveiled the plan during an Atlanta rally with less than six weeks left until Election Day on November 3rd. Currently, President Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden in leading in the polls in many key states in the presidential contest.  ... read more »
Trump Delivers 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum Keynote at HBCU Benedict College
November 1, 2019
Hosted by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a nonprofit founded by a bipartisan group of African American leaders from across the country who advocate for criminal justice reform, the event includes a host of Democratic presidential hopefuls, local officials, and other stakeholders. ... read more »
How Kamala Harris Plans to fix the criminal justice system
September 12, 2019
Criminal justice reform remains a pressing concern for American citizens regardless of political affiliations. A recent study conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Justice Action Network, found that support for reform spans all sides of the political spectrum—with 68 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Independents and 80 percent of Democrats supporting criminal justice system reform. With an issue so urgent to the nation, 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are being called upon to explain how they will fix the system in which more than 2.3 million people are incarcerated and where African-American citizens are disproportionately and excessively imprisoned and criminalized. Democratic candidate Kamala Harris is speaking out with a solution to overhaul the severely flawed institution if she becomes president. ... read more »
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SPECIAL REPORT: Mass Incarceration of Women and Minorities a New Crisis
May 9, 2019
Courtesy The Marshall Project/PBS Although the number of people in prisons and jails in America has slightly declined, numbers released on Thursday, April 25, by the ... ... read more »
Go To Jail???!!!!Not My Children!!!!
May 3, 2018
We have millions of workforce energy stored in prisons, jails. ... read more »
REVISITING MICHELLE ALEXANDER’S THE NEW JIM CROW
March 29, 2018
Michelle Alexander’s seminal effort, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” (2010) captured the nation’s attention.  Continuing media coverage and   public discourse beyond prison walls, particularly in the Black community, attested to the book’s wide appeal and Alexander is hailed, like no other, for illuminating the devastating impact of mass incarceration. ... read more »
MASS INCARCERATION: THE NEW JIM CROW REVISITED
July 6, 2017
In 2012, a Los Angeles Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence indicated former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca was negligent and largely insulated by his staff from the problem of excessive use of force against inmates in county jails. Baca resigned in 2014. On May 17, 2017 he was sentenced to three years in federal prison for obstructing an FBI investigation of abuses in county jails. ... read more »
Senate approves Judicial Discretion for Sentence Enhancements
May 25, 2017
The California Senate approved SB 620 on a vote of 22-14 to allow a court to use judicial discretion when applying a sentence enhancement for using or discharging a firearm. ... read more »
(Part 3) DA Jackie Lacey speaks on being fair
March 20, 2017
"I'm very much aware of the national dialogue on the disparities in the criminal justice system, biases that exist against people of color, particularly African American men," -DA Jackie Lacey ... read more / watch video »
Ava DuVernay, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Melina Abdullah & More Talk “13th”
February 10, 2017
Must see panel discussion surrounding Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary, "13th" which explores the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and America's perilous transition from slavery to mass incaceration. Panelists included filmmaker Ava DuVernay, rapper, social activist and business owner Nipsey Hussle, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and educator Melina Abdullah, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill, Esq., and award-winning civil rights attorney, host and moderator for the evening, Areva Martin. Sponsored by Blackwood Alliance and The California Endowment, panelists and the artist community gathered at the historic Nate Holden Theatre in Los Angeles. ... read more / watch video »
An MLK Day Wish: A New Narrative
January 12, 2017
When Dr. King declared that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, he was invoking the moral high ground of an inclusive framework for the civil rights movement in America. ... read more »
Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music
December 28, 2016
Socially conscious elements of American blues, jazz, rock, soul, R&B and hip-hop have cycled in and out ... read more »
The Layers of A Black Man
November 30, 2016
Cal State Northridge students examine and present the activism, triumphs and challenges of black men. ... read more »
African American Mayors Association Urges President Obama to Prioritize Clemency During the Remainder of His Term
November 23, 2016
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Mayor of Baltimore and the head of the African American Mayors Association clemency initiative, issued the following statement in light of AAMA submitting a letter to the President highlighting a priority list of clemency applications ... read more »
Intellectual Honesty about Race and Criminal Justice Reform
July 27, 2016
In the wake of the most recent fatal tragedies in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, there are renewed fervent calls for improving relations between police officers and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. ... read more »
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