Article of Note: Parole Board Drags Its Feet on COMPAS

January 25th, 2016

Parole Board Drags Its Feet on COMPAS
New York Law Journal
http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202747554518?keywords=compas&publication=New+York+Law+Journal

January 21, 2016

New York State and the entire country are engaged in a serious public conversation on the meaning of justice and how it is applied in our communities, courts and prisons. Issues of particular importance to the legal community enter into that discussion, including sentencing reform, mandatory minimums, wrongful convictions and the ways in which racism shapes the application of justice. As lawyers with many decades of experience representing people caught up in the criminal justice system, we welcome that conversation. Whether in the media, including the New York Law Journal, in courtrooms, or in legislatures, there is a growing recognition that our justice system has too often been unfair and its punishments vengeful and draconian.

From this conversation has emerged a national consensus that we have relied too much on incarceration to solve social problems and enhance public safety. The incarceration of huge numbers of people has not lowered our crime rate. It has, however, separated families, contributed to the impoverishment of entire communities, and returned literally millions of people to the community burdened with statutory and social obstacles to successful lives. Read the rest of this entry »

California Event: Support Leonard Peltier!

January 25th, 2016

Honoring Leonard Peltier & Ending Solitary Confinement

Saturday, February 6 at 6 PM in PST

School of Arts & Culture @MHP in San Jose, California

Statement from Oscar Lopez Rivera on Puerto Rican political prisoner Ana Belen Montes

January 18th, 2016

Oscar Lopez Rivera is one of the Puerto Rican independence fighter who has served longest in US prisons. A massive campaign has been being waged for him throughout the US, Puerto Rico and around the world.

Now Oscar Lopez Rivera has issued a statement about Puerto Rican political prisoner Ana Belen Montes, who is serving one of the harshest sentences of total isolation in US federal prison at Carswell (compare to Leonard Peltier or the Angola 3 for an example of similarly barbaric punishment). (See article “Ana Belen Montes: Buried Alive” if you haven’t already read about her from this list).

Oscar stated:

“Various friends and companeros have asked how I would feel about having Ana Belen Montes’ name alongside mine in the campaign for my freedom. It woud be a great honor for me. I think that every Puerto Rican who loves justice and freedom should be proud of Ana Belen. What she did was more than heroic. She what every person who believes in peace, justice and liberty and in the right of every nation to govern itself in the best way possible and without intervention or threats from anyone would have done. She did what she did because she knew that the government of the United States was intent on destroying the Cuban government and imposing on the Cuban people a system designed by Washington, one more attempt at regime change. The objectives of the US government were criminal and if she hadn’t acted as she did she would have been supporting those actions. We should all be proud of her, support her and demand her release from prison.”

January 8th – Oscar Lopez Rivera Birthday Party!

January 3rd, 2016

Friday January 8th, 2016, @ 7 pm-10 pm

1199/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Labor Center 310 W. 43rd St. 7th Floor
(Take the A,C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q To 42nd St. Times Square/Port Authority)

Join us Friday January 8th, 2016, as we celebrate Oscar Lopez Rivera’s 73rd birthday!

For the past 34 years, Oscar has spent his birthday (January 6th) in prison without his family or friends!  Why is he in jail?  For being a revolutionary who fought for the independence of Puerto Rico from U.S. colonialism.

Join us we celebrate life, work, and legacy of this extraordinary man!
100% of the proceeds will go to Oscar’s commissary fund!

Poetry by: Rafael Landron, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, and Mariposa

Special Invited Guests:
Representatives of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations
Representative of The Venezuelan Consulate

Lynne Stewart, former Political Prisoner

Daniel McGowan, former Political Prisoner

Nelson Denis, author of “War against all Puerto Ricans”

Estela Vasquez, 1199/SEIU

Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

Laura Whitehorn, former Political Prisoner

Francisco “Cisco” Torres, of the San Francisco 8

Artisans: Botanicafe and Jesus Mangual/Taino Cemí

Food, Music, Poetry, Birthday cards for Oscar and Fun! Donation: $5-$10 (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

Sponsors: The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign; Las 34 Mujeres NYC por Oscar; Call to Action on Puerto Rico; Frente Socialista NYC; PIP-NYC; NYC Jericho; Malcolm X Commemorative Committee; SODC; NYC Free Peltier; NYC Anarchist Black Cross; Daniel McGowan, Former Political Prisoner; The Campaign to Bring Mumia home; Freedom Socialist Party; Radical Women; International Action Center; Resistance in Brooklyn; Free Mumia Coalition NYC; New Abolitionist Movement; Lynne Stewart Organization; NY Fee Leonard Peltier.  List still in formation.

Petition for Herman Bell – Please Sign!

December 24th, 2015

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/677/086/596/in-support-of-parole-for-herman-bell-79c0262/

To Chairwoman, Board of Parole, New York State, Tina M. Stanford
Grant parole to New York State prisoner Herman Bell

We are asking that Herman Bell be granted release on parole at his February
2016 hearing

Herman Bell has been in state custody since 1973 and has been denied
release on parole 6 times since he first became eligible in 2004.

Every time Herman has been denied, it has been for the same reason-that
releasing him would undermine the law and deprecate the seriousness of the
crime. Herman has taken responsibility and expressed regret for the
shooting of the police officer and has served 4 decades in prison for this
offense. He is by all accounts, a much different person than he was in 1971
and further incarceration serves no purpose other than vengeance. We
believe Herman has done everything he can to make amends for his crime and
we ask that he be granted parole at his 7th parole hearing in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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