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Category: Law & Justice

The Dream Lives: Sights and Sounds of San Jose's "March on Washington" Commemoration

Photographer Charisse Domingo captures the images and voices of the hundreds who gathered in San Jose on August 24, 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. A diverse assembly of youth, elders, and families from all backgrounds marched in unity and hope, evidencing King's dream is alive and present in San Jose fifty years later.

Echoes of ‘60s March: Sixties-Style Civil Disobedience Drives New Era of Activism

"The most captivating activists of today are not looking at the ‘60s as a history book, they are looking at it as a playbook."

Police Newsletter Promotes "Letter of Apology" Tactic to Beat Claims of Coercion

In the July edition of the Vanguard, a magazine that identifies itself as the “official publication of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association,” is a step by step guide on how and why police should get a letter of apology during interviews in order to impact how cases are later adjudicated in the courts. The piece offers "techniques used by sales professionals," explains why "defense attorneys hate" to see the letters, and how they can be "one more nail in the coffin of your case."

Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and the Value of Human Life in America

Commentator Shamako Noble discusses the Martin decision and the recently released movie "Fruitvale" in the backdrop of race, hip hop, and social movement in America.

Zimmerman Verdict Exposes Systemic Racism in Jury Selection

Former public defender Aram James has seen the inner-workings of the courtroom for decades, and has long accused the system being inherently flawed. The ZImmerman verdict, he writes, is emblematic of systemic issues such as racial bias in jury selection that must be addressed if justice is ever to be achieved for black life like Trayvon Martin.

David Madrid Discusses Solutions to San Jose Violence on NBC's "Comunidad Del Valle"

Block to Block Radio host and longtime youth program developer David Madrid dives into the issues, challenges, and possible solutions to San Jose violence. He is joined by Robert Rios and show host Damian Trujillo.

Joseph Rodriguez Workshops: Covering the Children of Re-Entry

On June 27-28th, 2013 acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez gave photo/multimedia workshops to New America Media youth and local university students on how to share the stories of families of re-entry in California. The trainings are part of a larger project supported by the Open Society Foundation.

Privacy Is Lost, And We Are All To Blame

If Americans are wary of being constantly monitored, we, too, are guilty of divulging our secrets -- we make spying on us easy, writes commentator Andrew Lam.

To Whom It May Concern: Community Forum on Policy to Restrict Mail to Jails

Recently, Santa Clara County jail officials proposed a policy to stop inmates from receiving letters. A wide cross-section of county residents – families of the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, faith leaders, re-entry service providers, civil rights and legal advocates – met with the officials to share their perspectives as to why letters are critical to maintain for inmates, their loved ones, and the community as a whole.

1377 Years of "Time Saved" from Incarceration Due to Family Organizing

The term "Time Served" is used in courts across the country to show the amount of time someone has been incarceration. The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, through family organizing, beats charges and reduces sentences. In turn, they turn "Time Served" into "Time Saved." In this new running blog (www.time-saved.org), we tally the amount of time saved through this organizing model. As of June 2013, we have reached 1377 years and nine months of time saved. Click the image to see the stories behind the numbers, and stay tuned for more to come...
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