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Category: Law & Justice

Prop 57 Offers Hope, Opportunity to CA Youth

A note from the writer: As a formerly incarcerated woman and now a criminal justice reform activist, I was overwhelmed with emotion when I first read about Proposition 57. I immediately thought of my older brother, who at 17 was sentenced as an adult to life in prison. When I lost him to the system, I also lost a part of myself. My life was forever changed. It’s an experience that George Galvis, the executive director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), and Frankie Guzman, the Juvenile Justice Staff Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, know all too well. The pair formed part of a team that drafted the legislation and say it will overturn decades of CA policy that criminalize youth.

Why Does Incarceration = Dehumanization?

Reflecting upon a historic hunger strike of inmates in the Santa Clara County jail who were protesting conditions such as solitary confinement, public defender Sajid Khan writes, "Our country’s jail and incarceration infrastructure is fundamentally inhumane and flawed."

A Letter to Young Folks About Voting This November

From a recent conversation where young people where either too young to vote and following the election to a newly registered voter uncertain of whether to vote or not, Diane Solomon was inspired to reach out with a letter to young folks about their impact on the future of California at the voting booth.

Filipino American History Coming Full Circle

October is Filipino American History Month and Jaki Joanino reflects on what this time means to her and shares the legacies of Filipinos in the United States. She is part of the next generation carrying the torch in the continued fight for civil rights and social justice.

Inmates in Santa Clara County Jails Start Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Inmates in the Santa Clara County Jails who are part of the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement sent a letter to Sheriff Laurie Smith with a list of demands and a notice that in October the inmates will initiate a hunger strike to continue their “peaceful protest to end this torturous practice of Solitary Confinement and inhumane treatment until there is tangible and meaningful change for all prisoners – most whom are unconvicted pretrial detainees…” they stated.

I'm a U.S. Air Force Veteran and an Oakland Raider Fan Who Stands with Kaepernick

A Raider fan and US Air Force veteran writes about supporting Kaepernick something bigger than football: Human Rights.

Q&A: Dorsey Nunn on the Growing Power Base of the Formerly Incarcerated

Editor’s Note: The first national conference of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement was held in Oakland, Calif. on Sept 9-10. The movement works for the full restoration of civil and human rights for those who have been convicted by the criminal justice system. Dr. Joseph Marshall, host of Street Soldiers on 106 KMEL radio, recently welcomed conference organizer Dorsey Nunn, executive director of All of Us or None, to discuss the conference, his work on the Ban the Box campaign and the need to include the voices of the formerly incarcerated in the national conversation about ending mass incarceration.

Photos: San Jose in Solidarity with Standing Rock

On Tuesday, rallies were held across the country to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock, where more than 100 tribes and supporters are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation is south of what would be the oil pipeline's path and the pipeline is an environmental and cultural threat.

California Gang Database Exposed

After a blistering state audit of the CalGang database showing the law enforcement tool is riddled with mistakes and unsubstantiated claims, the state assembly passed a measure to create some oversight and accountability mechanisms. Author J.M. Valle writes it is an important step in a long road ahead to eliminate the criminalization of youth of color in California.

Like Colin Kaepernick, I Might Sit Down Too

A sports fan who both loves the United States as well as deplores its "ugly underbelly," Sajid Khan has often felt torn while sitting at Cal, Warriors, A's, and 49er games he attends. When the anthem starts, he has stood, but not sung, or placed his hand over his heart, as a way to strike a balance. But he writes, emboldened by Colin Kaepernick, he too might sit down.
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