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PRISONERS UNITED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY JAILS WIN 5 CORE DEMANDS & SACRIFICE 3 DAYS OF CUSTODY MEALS FOR THE HUNGRY

This is vile and this sheriff is the true criminal…I am honestly at a loss for words, all the information is below and on the original posts page, which I strongly encourage you to read and share….
This is vital and should be on international news… But if you watch “Fox News” or “CNN” chances are you won’t see this… They are for-profit media, controlled by greed, money and the government… Please check the below link for the full information…and please, share….

Silicon Valley De-Bug thanks Prisoners United on every floor in the Main Jail and housing units M-5 and M-8 in Elmwood D.O.C. for courageously sacrificing all their custody meals to be donated to the homeless and hungry at Emmanuel House Salvation Army.

We also appreciate all efforts made between jail administrators, community organizations and the jail population to come to an agreement to meet the 5 core demands to end meaningless classification reviews, indefinite solitary confinement, group punishment, cruel and unusual punishment during out of cell time, and rigid visitation policies.

FACTS THAT REFUTE SHERIFF SMITH’S COMMENT:

  • Over 70% of the Santa Clara County jail population is pretrial – meaning they have not been convicted of a crime.
  • Being in jail does not automatically mean someone is a gang member, according to the JFA Institute Jail Classification System Evaluation audit prepared by James Austin in 2016, there is only 21 verified prison gang members in Santa Clara County.
  • Prisoners United of Silicon Valley is the collective voice of the entire Santa Clara County jail population including all classification/security levels, color tops, racial groups (Black, White, Asian, Latino, Pacific Islander etc.) and creeds and is not lead by one man alone.
  • Salvation Army is a tremendous community resource for those in need, including programs for those who have been convicted of a crime.
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FURTHER DETAILS/CLARIFICATIONS:

Santa Clara County jail administrators came to an agreement to meet the 5 core demands to end meaningless classification reviews, indefinite solitary confinement, group punishment, cruel and unusual punishment during out of cell time, and rigid visitation policies. However, the administration stated it will take 3 weeks for the new classification system to kick in.

According to the agreement, the classification system will have face-to-face hearings, opportunity for prisoners to call witnesses to speak in their defense, the use of things such as education and rehabilitation certificates to have influence on their hearings, and the opportunity to contest anything.

The administration also agreed to suspend all in-custody inputs until the new system is in place. i

Prisoners in the jails should also be able to see what is in their file.

Captains Grumbos and Taylor finalized agreements with some of the prisoners inside.

The challenge of only having 35 classification officers is still a question. 

10/26/17 MEDIA UPDATE

Due to the understanding that there was an agreement made to avoid a hunger strike, Prisoner United in the 6C sureno unit, who were just recently rehoused to unsanitary cells in 6A in the Main Jail, ordered from commissary this past Sunday/Monday.

Due to Sheriff Smith’s comment, Prisoners United reverted their efforts to refusing all custody meals to see to it that their food is in fact donated to the homeless and hungry at Salvation Army who serve gang impacted, those recovering from drug and alcohol recovery and formally incarcerated.

Just last night when Prisoners United in 6A (formally 6C) received their commissary orders, prisoners protested and courageously left food items from their order, with some of their orders as large as $100, outside their cells to ensure that their commissary food is donated to the homeless and hungry at Emmanuel House Salvation Army, and prevent food waste.

Prisoners United in sureno units 6A Main Jail and M4B in Elmwood will continue to go on strike until they can sit down with jail administrators to guarantee inclusion that their Protective Custody status will be removed from their classification file in the new classification system set to be active in the next following weeks.

i “…another form of conduct that is reported by staff on inmates [are] called the Custody Input Reports or CIRs. These are used to record both positive and negative conduct behavior. Unfortunately, the CIRs are not part of the Custody Bureau’s database and cannot be analyzed for the entire jail population. However, as shown later in the report, these data were manually collected for the pilot test on the inmates who had been in custody for at least 60 days.” from Aug 2016 Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff Custody Bureau Jail Classification System Evaluation

Custody Inputs are basically an additional punitive tool that that does not fall under a rule violation/infraction or charge. The prisoner is given no notification, so the prisoner never knows what Custody Inputs are being put in their file. The administration agreed to give notice of every Custody Input in 3 weeks and to currently suspend all custody inputs so that it will not hold someone back from down-classing. Custody Inputs can also be used in the courts and follows you in prison. There should be no custody input. If its not an infraction or charge, then it should not be used as a tool of punitive action.

PRESS: JOSE (408) 661-2604 jose@siliconvalleydebug.org FAMILIES: BENEE (408) 529-5971 benee@siliconvalleydebug.org 10/25/17 Though a hunger strike in Santa Clara County jails could have been avoided after jail administrators agreed to meet the core demands during the week of October 16, 2017 — Prisoners United on every floor of the Main Jail and M-5 and M-8 lockdown […]

via PRISONERS UNITED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY JAILS WIN 5 CORE DEMANDS & SACRIFICE 3 DAYS OF CUSTODY MEALS FOR THE HUNGRY — Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

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Find Your Local Rally for October 22nd, the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Happening TODAY

” This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system. On October 22nd, WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK! ” – The October 22 Coalition

October 22 was been an important day for me for many, many years. It is the day of national police brutality protest. I’ve been taking part of this for at least a decade, missing a few years here and there yes but I never am away in spirit, usually always there in person, but sometimes sadly have had to miss. But I digress. I know protesting isn’t going to solve this issue.

However, I do think today is a day of duty to make sure everyone knows how angry we are, and that we are not going away. This protest has been going on since the late 1990s, and with more and more cities joining in, I hope everyone has a productive but also a safe day. Watch yourself and please know your rights for what they are worth. Protesting rights can be found here. [For what it is worth…Again, please be safe…]

Also tomorrow there is another important event going on in New York City. A court case over yet another murder by the police begins and as many people as possible are needed to support the family and cause. More information below, followed by a list of cities and your local events. First though, let’s take care of the two places I call home, but I’m gonna do it in reverse order, Newark first..

Newark, NJ, being one of those cities, as the poster below suggests. Today, October 22, at 3 pm in Newark, NJ, newark nj

“WE STAND UNITED IN DEFENSE OF OUR NEW CIVILIAN REVIEW BD AND WILL RALLY @ THE LINCOLN MONUMENT @ 3PM ” < Newark, NJ

And NEW YORK! STARTS AT 12pm TODAY!

As for my FIRST home, NYC, today at noon the rally begins at the steps of the Brooklyn Borough Hall. 

The page also included the following so I might as well: Take the 2/3 to Clark Street or Borough Hall, 4/5 to Borough Hall, A/C/F to Jay Street-Metrotech, R to Court Street.
March to Barclays Center for second rally follow. [Event Page HERE.]

And before the list of the rest of the cities, please note there is an important event is happening tomorrow, the 23rd. Please show up and show our numbers are not going down… We need the community now to unite more than ever…

“…in an upcoming court case against NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs, who murdered Delrawn Small on July 4th of last year. The trail will start on 10/23 and is expected to last for 2-3 weeks. For morning attendance, arrive before 9 am to get through security/lines. Afternoon sessions begin after lunch around 2pm. Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.

Location: Brooklyn Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, 2nd floorCeremonial Courtroom” Each day will probably recess sometime between 4-5pm.Txt (646) 302-8959 for any question you may have.

All Trains to Brooklyn Borough Hall “

You can access tomorrows event information by clicking here, which will take you to, like most of these event pages will take you to, the related Facebook group page, opening in a new tab.

I truly, truly hope we over flood the courts. I’m curious, how many of you can recall Delrawn Small’s killing? Especially those outside New York… Okay so later today I’ll either be putting up a post in Delrawn’s memory, or making a video; one of the two… After seeing how few people remember or know of this, it reminds me back when I was working in 2004…no one knew. And the few that did…

Anyway… For the rest of America, here ya go. If your city isn’t below, click here for the October 22 website and see what’s up; if nothing is going on, consider starting your own…Speak out, we need VOICES. We need action, honestly, but that’s another story…

>>> CALIFORNIA <<<

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
3:30PM Gather at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness at altar for some Fresno Stolen Lives, followed by a march stopping at the jail, the sheriff’s office, the Fresno Unified School District, and ending at Eaton Plaza (corner of N and Mariposa) for annual vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/117399395624119
~ October 22 Coalition-Fresno 559-250-2434 or 559-942-0708 (Irene) / IWAPGH@aol.com
~ Fresno Brown Berets – Autonomous Chapter https://www.facebook.com/Fresno-Brown-Berets-Autonomous-Cha…
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Gather at LA CAN 838 East 6th Street
2:00PM March to Mariachi Plaza with a stop in front of the Metropolitan Immigration Detention Center, with rally and performances to follow
Sunset vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/1898849893768880/
~ October 22 Coalition-Los Angeles October22.LA@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/October22ndCoalitionLA/
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Other contacts:
~ Justice for Michael Nida II nidasrydas@gmail.com / http://www.michaelnida.com/home.php / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Michael-Nida-II/171901759570991
~ Revolution Club 323-331-1769 / revclub_la@yahoo.com / Social Media @revclub_la
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MERCED, CALIFORNIA
12:00PM Court House Square Park at W 21st Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/168699800377509
~ Autonomous Brown Berets de Merced https://www.facebook.com/MercedBrownBerets
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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
7:00PM Rally at Florin & 65th Street
Email Sac@ANSWERcoalition.org to endorse
https://www.facebook.com/events/126137701376097
~ ANSWER Coalition https://www.facebook.com/AnswerCoalition/
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
1:00PM-3:00PM March from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6401 Skyline Drive, to the San Diego Police Dept Southeast Station
https://www.facebook.com/events/115361632550189
~ San Diego Coalition for Racial Justice and Activist San Diego 619-871-9354 / info@activistsandiego.org / http://www.activistsandiego.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/ActivistSD
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5:00PM Set up and poster-making at City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
5:30PM Know Your Rights and information distribution
6:00PM Opening Blessing by Grupo Danza Azteca Quetzalhuitzilin, Rally, Performances, and Candlight March to OLB Action on the I-15 Overpass
https://www.facebook.com/events/212940602471561
~ United Against Police Terror – San Diego uaptsd@gmail.com / http://uaptsd.org / https://twitter.com/UAPTSD / https://www.facebook.com/uaptsd
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
3:00PM For families directly impacted by police terrorism, monthly gathering at 5600 3rd Street in the Common Room
https://www.facebook.com/events/1735702040059785
~ Open Circle – Families United for Justice idriss.lives@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/OpenCircleFamiliesUnitedForJustice
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~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Bay Area 510-984-3648 / stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com
~ Clarion Alley Mural Project https://www.facebook.com/ClarionAlleyMuralProject.org
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SANTA CLARA, CA
8:00PM Prayer Vigil for National Stop Police Brutality Day at Mission Church Plaza at Santa Clara University
https://www.scu.edu/events/…
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11:00AM-1:30PM Protest at the entrance to the SF 49ers Levi’s Stadium at
5201 Great America Parkway before the 49ers (Colin Kaepernick’s former team) vs Cowboys game at Levi’s Stadium
https://www.facebook.com/events/364942163918577
~ Refuse Fascism Bay Area 510-253-5551 / norcal@refusefascism.org / https://www.facebook.com/RefuseFascismBayArea
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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
5PM Remembering Andy & Honoring His Legacy at Andy’s Unity Park, 3399 Moorland Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/1792953674115996/
~ Justice for Andy Lopez 707-331-7389 (Ana Salgado) / https://www.facebook.com/andylopeznojusticenopeace
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>>> COLORADO <<<

DURANGO, COLORADO
6:30PM-7:30PM Rally/Vigil at Fort Lewis College Clock Tower, 1000 Rim Drive in solidarity with political prisoner Herman Bell
https://www.facebook.com/events/284575065359547
~ Durango Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/durangosavethekids
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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
10:00AM Writing names of Stolen Lives on the plaza in front of the LSC at Colorado State University
https://www.facebook.com/events/287875555042771
~ Ethnic Studies in Action https://www.facebook.com/ethnicstudiesinaction
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>>> FLORIDA <<<

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
6:30PM Silent March from St. Augustine Old City Gates, down St. George Street, ending at the Plaza de la Constitution. SayTheirNames: Unity March Against the Repression of a Generation
https://www.facebook.com/events/121842015193096
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
3:00PM at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 South Monroe Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/863928963775280
~ Tallahassee SDS https://www.facebook.com/tallysds/
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>>> GEORGIA <<<

ATLANTA, GA
National Stop Police Brutality Weekend (October 19-22)
https://www.facebook.com/events/177545596122657
On October 22:
3:00PM Rally at the CNN Center, 190 Marietta St NW
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929495543980711/
~ https://www.facebook.com/NationalStopPoliceBrutalityWeekend
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>>> ILLINOIS <<<

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
10:30AM Take a Knee – meet at the northeast corner of Michigan & Roosevelt at Grant Park for action in front of Soldier Field
https://www.facebook.com/events/139553756681479
~ October 22 Coalition-Chicago https://www.facebook.com/October22Chicago and Revolution Club Chicago https://www.facebook.com/revclubchi
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~ Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago https://www.facebook.com/SMINChicago
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>>> MINNESOTA <<<

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Saturday, October 21
*NOTE NEW LOCATION* 5:30PM-7:30PM Remembering Minnesota Stolen Lives protest 4200 Cedar Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/152191358712703
~ Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) 612-874-7867 / http://www.cuapb.org / https://www.facebook.com/cuapb.org

Sunday, October 22
5:30PM – 7:30PM Community Dinner at 4200 Cedar Ave S
Ramona Africa Speaks on Police Brutality
https://www.facebook.com/events/741579972710323
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TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
11:00AM Take a Knee at US Bank Stadium (in front of Chicago Avenue)
https://www.facebook.com/events/872655839577989
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>>> MISSOURI <<<

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
3:00PM Rally and workshops at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, on Tucker side
https://www.facebook.com/events/352083671883384
~ Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression 314-332-1COB / capcr_cob@hotmail.com / http://capcr-stl.org / https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealLocalControlAndEffectiveCivilianReview
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4:30PM Protest at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept at 1915 Olive Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/120753261953323
~ Expect US https://www.facebook.com/FrontLineA1
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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
12:00PM Solidarity with St. Louis at Battlefield and Glenstone
https://www.facebook.com/events/484178605302171
~ Radical Activists in Demand https://www.facebook.com/RadicalActivistsInDemand
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>>> NEW JERSEY <<<

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
3:00PM March and Rally assemble at intersection of Springfield Avenue & West Market Street (by the Lincoln Monument)
https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos/photos/a.564231943645003.1073741894.297655323636001/1444181035650085/?type=3&theater
~ People’s Organization for Progress 973-801-0001 / info@njpop.org / https://www.facebook.com/poppicturesandvideos
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>>> NEW MEXICO <<<

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
1:00PM Gather at 4th Street and Marquette at Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, followed by march to rally at Federal Court House on Lomas and 4th Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/2031152737114275
~ Albuquerque Save the Kids https://www.facebook.com/AlbuquerqueSaveTheKids
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5:00PM Candlelight Vigil and moment of silence for Stolen Lives at 400 Roma Street
Organized by families of Stolen Lives – contact https://www.facebook.com/mary.jobe.92
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>>> NEW YORK <<<

BUFFALO, NEW YORK
4:00PM Screening of 13th at Raqs Solidarity – A Community Space, 322 Amherst Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/211150129424948
~ Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition https://buffaloantiracismcoalition.wordpress.com / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloARC
~ Buffalo Save the Kids http://www.savethekidsgroup.org / https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloSTK
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
12:00PM Rally at steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, followed by march to Barclay Center for second rally
https://www.facebook.com/events/121900851824869
Families of people killed by police should contact Juanita Young at 646-294-8344
~ October 22 Coalition-New York 866-235-7814 (toll-free voicemail and fax) / http://nyc.october22.org / https://www.facebook.com/pages/October-22-Coalition-to-Stop-Police-Brutality-New-York/87429681537
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Other contacts:
~ Hoods 4 Justice https://www.facebook.com/Nyhoods4Justice/
~ Urban Art Beat http://urbanartbeat.org / https://www.facebook.com/urbanartbeatinc/
~ BlackMatters blackmattersus@gmail.com / https://blackmattersus.com// https://www.facebook.com/blackmattersus.mvmnt/
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>>> NORTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
~ https://www.facebook.com/GsO22-157996174964/
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>>> OHIO <<<

CLEVELAND, OHIO
~ October 22 Coalition-Cleveland ClevelandO22@aol.com
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COLUMBUS, OHIO
Friday, October 20
7:30PM-10:30PM Black Queer and Intersectional Columbus Art Against Police Brutality, 485 E Livingston Avenue
To donate or sell art contact Kris Keilhorn at iamlittlegoattt@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1915297872061715
~ Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/blackqueercolumbus
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>>> OKLAHOMA <<<

TULSA, OKLAHOMA
3:00PM Protest at Tulsa County Courthouse at 500 S Denver Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/events/151818382093181
~ Aware Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/awaretulsa / http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
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>>> OREGON <<<

PORTLAND, OREGON
~ Don’t Shoot Portland https://www.facebook.com/DontShootPDX
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>>> PENNSYLVANIA<<<

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
October 21-24: Disrupt IACP
https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/ and https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/…/october-21st-march-aboliti…/
Saturday, October 21st
10:00AM Gather to march from Thomas Paine Plaza
https://www.facebook.com/events/1538669419573848/
Sunday, October 22nd
12:00PM-2PM Teach-in outside Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/1756634317970858/
~ Philly Anarchist Black Cross phillyabc@riseup.net / https://www.facebook.com/Philly-ABC-114909635873633 / https://phillyabc.wordpress.com/
~ Philly for REAL Justice 267-544-7671 / phillyforrealjustice@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/PhillyforREALjustice / http://phillyrealjustice.tumblr.com/
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>>> SOUTH CAROLINA <<<

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
2:00PM-4:00PM Greenville Malcolm X Center-WMXP/95.5FM Upstate Black Lives Matter – come tell your story
~ October 22 Upstate, SC Coalition to Stop Police Brutality 864-901-8627 / october22upstatesc@gmail.com or enjericho@gmail.com
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>>> TEXAS <<<

HOUSTON, TEXAS
2:00PM Rally at Guadalupe Plaza Park at 2311 Runnels Street, march to follow
https://www.facebook.com/events/463650544022086
~ Brown Berets de TejAztlan Houston brownberetstejaztlan@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/BrownBeretsDeHouston/
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2:00PM Rally and mock funeral at Texas Southern University, starting at TSU Library, across from Cuney Homes, followed by march to where Alva Braziel was murdered
Call to get involved: 832-385-9212 or 713-505-8280
https://www.facebook.com/events/134706030506607
~ Justice for Alva https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Alva-641108196079959/ and Move Against Tyranny, Corruption and Hate
challengeandendcorruption@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/moveagainsttyrannycorrutionandhate
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~ October 22 Coalition-Houston stopmassincarcerationhtown@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/o22houston
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>>> UTAH <<<

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
6:00PM Panel Discussion: “Beyond the Footage: Understanding Police Violence” at the Beehive Social Club, 666 S. State Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/178503852722566
~ Utah Against Police Brutality https://www.facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality
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>>> WASHINGTON <<<

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
~ https://www.facebook.com/O22Seattle/
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TACOMA, WASHINGTON
2:00PM Moving viewing, story-telling and discussion at Tacoma Community College in Building 17
https://www.facebook.com/events/1466773936734392
~ The People’s Assembly thepeoplesassembly253@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly253/

Racist* Sacramento Police Release Body Camera Video Of Confrontation With Pregnant Black Woman —

Takes a punk, coward of a so called man to toss any woman around like this cop does. And the thing is, it seems so normal. A Black, pregnant female was attacked and the cops body cameras got it. But will anything happen? If you think yes for a second, you have no place here.

This is just another branch or form of the KKK, “Neo-Nazi” whatever the hell you wanna go by; you are all racist terrorists who have been in places of so called power since this country began; and here we go again. The daily occurrence…. This is but one case… Sadly murder should be enough but no. Brutalities of all sorts the white racists who protest and who do not protest, inflict injury far too frequently.

If you aren’t angry, awake and preparing for SELF DEFENSE (which is NO crime!) then…you truly…truly got ya eyes closed.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Newly released Sacramento Police body camera video shows a tense exchange between officers with guns drawn and a pregnant woman. Police released that video after the woman filed an internal affairs complaint, alleging she was pushed to the ground by the officers. One of the videos shows a body camera on an…

via Sacramento Police Release Body Camera Video Of Confrontation With Pregnant Woman — CBS Sacramento

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Legal Resource for “Illegal” Immigrants & Facts on “Illegal” Immigration

As we watch America too quickly descending backwards in both progress and 5c3784d0a0e4e44a463c9aa51af4f684morality under the tyranny of Trump/Pence, we must never forget the turmoil of those being thrown out of America. Too many Hispanic people live in fear night and day of being harassed, arrested or deported, and too many people -based on those I personally know- are aware of the legal rights they have,  “illegal” or not. Thus, I am posting a link for all people facing threat of arrest, detainment or deportation under the new, sickening tyrant rule of Trump/Pence.

The following link(s), which directs you to a section of the National Immigration Law Center, is a PDF file giving the rights each individual holds when it comes to questioning, detainment or deportation. It also refers people to a link where you can ensure loved ones know your location, stating:

  • Make sure your loved ones know how to find you if you are detained by ICE. They can use ICE’s online detainee locator (https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do) to find an adult who is in immigration custody. Or they can call the local ICE office (https://www.ice.gov/contact/ero). Make sure they have your alien registration number written down, if you have one.

Additionally, because one of these rights is the right to not speak, there is a card to print out and carry with you in the event an officer attempts to question or arrest you. Some of which has been copied and pasted below:

Hand this card to the officer, and remain silent.

The card explains that you are exercising your right to refuse to answer any questions until you have talked with a lawyer.

Please be informed that I am choosing to exercise my right to remain silent and my right to refuse to answer your questions. If I am detained, I request to contact an attorney immediately. I am also exercising my right to refuse to sign anything until I consult with my attorney. Thank you.

While this may not be enough or even offer much for anyone living in fear, I hope if you’ve found this it will offer at least a tiny bit of comfort. Click here for the link.

Now for a word to those who think they they are justified in supporting Trump’s racist, inhumane attack on ‘illegal’ immigrants (are none of you aware that if you are of European descent you, too, are an immigrant- this country was invaded by immigrants). Let’s go over a summary of you cruel beliefs and lies, as well as what the truth to those lies regarding “illegal” immigrants really are.no immigration ban.png

If you believe in the deportation and illegal immigration that is going on, you support the following facts as well. To do so and not be bothered is not only heartless but also shows your privilege -which most of you deny-, your false feelings of superiority, your ignorance (or most likely your stupidity), and your inhumane depravity.

Supporting immigration bans and deportations means you are supporting the following… From words to actions…all of it is a disgrace to humanity.

First, starting with labels… To define human beings as legal or illegal is sick enough in my opinion, but to then support and also be okay with their detainment and deportation despite what it means to their safety or their very lives?  

Oh and let’s not forget the fact that you also are supporting ripping people from their mothers, fathers, grandparents, wives, husbands, their children. And the impact on these people, including the innocent children, never strikes your alleged pro-life beliefs of being savage or gods forbid, wrong.

People are suffering in numbers virtually uncountable; in ways most people cannot even conceive. The fear they face even just sending their children to school or going to work no one can understand unless they are living it which you obviously are not being a supporter.

Worse yet, the very arrest and detainment process in itself is not even done to the standard being considered creditable, much less considerate or humane. Trump officials have been caught in the illegal act of “bullying” police departments into doing work ICE “legally” cannot do, such as entering a person’s residence without a warrant. Some police departments surprisingly have brought these attempts to national attention and declined taking part in their actions publicly, but not all have been so kind.

We can see more cruelty in the arrest and detainment process by looking at just one story of a woman in Texas. This proves no place is safe, not even medical care is taken into consideration, nor does safety come even after a person has been admitted to a hospital. They made this last month when ICE invaded the hospital room of a woman with a brain tumor, tying her ankles and wrists before dragging her to a ‘detention center’, cutting off her ability to contact the outside world -this included doctors and family.

All of this from self righteous “people” who support this for one of the following (emphasized by Trump’s lies)…

…immigrants from China and Vietnam and India more broadly, Trump in April of this year said our “jobs are being stolen … like candy from a baby.” In August 2015, Rasmussen—a conservative-leaning polling groupfound that 51% of respondents believe “illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens.”

Research has found the reality of “illegal immigrants”“illegal immigrants” in America to be the exact opposite of Trump’s claims. This is but a small portion of many studies you can easily locate for yourself by some easy research.

Immigrant workers are actively lured to the United States largely by big business employers who don’t want to pay decent wages. But American families also rely on cheap goods and services to maintain a sense of material status. Also, after decades of wage stagnation where we’re all working more and more hours to make ends meet, U.S.-born workers rely on low-wage nannies and housekeepers and other service workers to pick up the slack of family life. According to data cited by the Wall Street Journal, every 1 new immigrant creates 1.2 new jobs for local workers. 

Also,

“…considering that comprehensive immigration reform—legislation both parties once supported—would boost employment, investment and productivity and grow the tax base, the jobs case against undocumented immigrants is increasingly hard to make.”

Next, somehow these people have began to claim –incorrectly– immigrants are a drain to public benefits. Trump, like most anti’s, depend only on fake, fabricated or deceptive facts known as alternative facts; never do they have a respectable source to cite.

As Time so accurately puts it:

Citing a study by an anti-immigrant organization, Trump said: “illegal immigrant households receive far more in welfare benefits” than native citizens.That assertion has been disputed by the conservative Cato Institute, which actually found that they are less likely to use welfare benefits than citizens—both in terms of frequency and dollar amount.

How can that statement ever be true when it has been made illegal for undocumented immigrants to obtain public benefits. They do not qualify for food stamps, Medicaid or any of the other public benefits despite the fact that they pay approximately  $13 billion in payroll taxes annually (that’s a net gain, by the way).

They help to fund the public benefits they cannot receive yet the very same people complaining about this false issue could or can or even do receive public benefits of all sort.

To take it one step further, if people took a look at the 1996 welfare law, they would learn that not even legal immigrants don’t have access to public benefits until they’ve been in America for more than five years.

As for Social Security, Trump and his deceitful supporters would have us believe that illegal immigrants also don’t pay money towards these benefits but take advantage of it, nevertheless.

The reality is very different.

Illegal immigrants, again, are not even eligible to collect Social Security (SSA) benefits. Despite that, they still are responsible for paying $100 billion in Social Security. According to a statement by the SSA to CNNMoney regarding illegal immigrants and social security benefits:

“They are paying an estimated $15 billion a year into Social Security with no intention of ever collecting benefits,” Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the SSA told CNNMoney. “Without the estimated 3.1 million undocumented immigrants paying into the system, Social Security would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover payouts starting in 2009,” he said. 

Stephen Goss went on to say how vital these workers are in maintaining as well as improving, quote,

“…the effects of the decline in U.S.-born workers paying into the system.”

FURTHER, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects  by 2037 that the system won’t any longer be able to pay rightful benefits promised to “American citizens”.

These allegations of “illegal” immigrants being the reason for unemployment, accusing them of stealing, abusing or whatever other hateful alternative “facts” can be verified if people are willing to do some research and reading. I’ve addressed a few above, but for more facts or simple information, don’t use your same biased resources but instead use an independent resource so you can become aware of
what you are saying, before you speak.

I hope those of you who were unaware will now head off to research the real facts, not the racist, biased ones planted in their minds via Fox News or Donald Trump.

With too many people and families in America facing –unrightfully so,- being ripped apart from their families, taken back to a violent or dangerous situation or country, just to name a few circumstances going on now with the “bans” and raids on people for no reason, I’d think knowing what you believe and support as your politics would be made the ever more important, for those who care for the consideration and care of other human lives.

Under Trump, Police Will Only Grow Worse

And to prove that, let’s look at just one example as to how. There are legal and other policy changes nationwide I’ve been following and will report on very soon. As for this post, I have to repost and go but this is important…I will expand on it from national and other aspects left out later when able.—

In the Trump era, are politicians and police becoming emboldened at cracking down on the First Amendment and those who criticize their policies?

In Memphis, it seems so.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis police have published a black list of political opponents who are not free to move about public spaces in the city.

The list of more than 80 persons includes political activists and persons who have spoken out about public policy or issues involving city government.  Many of them do good works with young people in the community.  Others appear for unclear reasons.

We are calling it the “A-List.”

The list even includes Mary Stewart, whose unarmed 19-year-old son was killed by police in 2015.  Also on the list: a preacher who married a gay couple; leaders of a peace and justice non-profit; Black Lives Matter proponents; persons who have been arrested for filming and observing the police; an independent journalist, and environmental activists.

This, while the city and the Memphis Police Department are operating under a 1978 Department of Justice consent decree against political spying.  MPD also has a policy against gathering “political intelligence,” and it has a policy against stopping people from filming the police and “express(ing) criticism” of police.

In a statement, the mayor’s spokesperson said the list includes persons who pose a “potential security risk” and who must be escorted by police when they are in City Hall.  However, there is no indication that any of the politically targeted persons has ever committed, been arrested for or proposed any violent acts, nor does the city make any such assertion of a threat of violence.

Those named on the list are weighing their legal options.

Link to the “A-List:” www.documentcloud.org/…

Link to 1978 DOJ Consent Decree: cdn.fbsbx.com/…

Link to MPD Policy and Procedures Manual DR 138: fnolan.com/…

Memphian Fergus Nolan, who was arrested for filming a police vehicle May 30, 2016, while he and others were supporting a greenspace action, discovered the A-List when police pulled him out of a City Council meeting on Feb. 7.  MPD Lt. Albert Bonner looked in a binder and told Nolan he must be escorted by police whenever he set foot in City Hall.

On his way into the Jan. 17, 2017, City Council meeting, police…

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If This Information Doesn’t Scare You or Wake You Up..  

Recent radioactive waste, deadly toxins in the Hudson, Miami, St Louis contaminating our water and god knows what else; yet it’s all kept quiet… That alone should wake you up or get your attention. 

“…startling investigation by the Associated Press found radioactive tritium leaking from three-quarters of all commercial nuclear power sites in the United States.”

The scary part is this is not even the tip of issue. Fox News, CNN, MSNBC; they are not news channels they are opinion based networks and they compete the others with hopes of better ratings. They are putting a show on for you while force feeding the sleeping lies. 

The CIA and government control for-profit media. Anyone who doubts this I encourage to do some research, or ask me and I’ll send you a copy of documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

I was going to write about this tomorrow but this is a big issue, things like this,

  “The workers reportedly inhaled radioactive fumes – the same issue facing the 19 previously hospitalized workers,…”

That site now has 22 workers hospitalized. That’s one location. Open your mind… Why the media blackout?

I need a few hours sleep, I don’t recall the last time I slept lol so I have a little more work to do for a piece onthe horrific    homeless epidemic and some other articles to complete and then post tomorrow…amongst other things 😑🤓 so I am going to copy the full article below and put the original link at the end. 

This is an issue that should be of fairly great concern, I think… 

Remember: The media is controlled by the government; they don’t want this all over the news…so it isn’t; that is the red flag which makes it even more vital information and news if you ask me. 

Article follows…

Scriba, NY — US Coast Gaurd officials have cordoned off a portion of Lake Ontario this week, after aerial spotters found a visible “sheen” that is coming from a nuclear power plant in upstate New York.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew first noticed the sheen on Sunday. Shortly after, a boat crew from the Oswego station tested the sheen and a “temporary safety zone” was put in place.

The Free Thought Project spoke to the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Command Center on Tuesday and confirmed that the zone was still closed off, and there is no information as to when it will reopen.

The oil sheen is said to be coming from the vent for the hydrogen seal system of the Fitzpatrick plant is in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Entergy Corporation, which operates the plant, found the source of the oil on the roof of a turbine building, said Neil Sheehan, a public affairs officer for the NRC.

“It appears about 20 to 30 gallons that leaked were then drained through the plant’s discharge drain system to the lake,” said NRC public affairs officer Neil Sheehan.“The company has placed oil-absorbent pads on the turbine building roof and has also stopped all circulating water pumps to eliminate any further discharges.”

Despite the miles-long spill coming from their nuclear power plant, Entergy is claiming that the sheen has not impacted the operation of the plant.

It appears that this Fitzpatrick leak is likely the least worrisome of current leaks popping up around the country.

Although the media spotlight is rarely shined upon America’s aging nuclear infrastructure, U.S. nuclear power plants are decaying rapidly, precipitating numerous nuclear environmental disasters across the country. 

To give you an idea of the scope of the crisis facing America’s aging nuclear infrastructure, a startling investigation by the Associated Press found radioactive tritium leaking from three-quarters of all commercial nuclear power sites in the United States.

As the Free Thought Project reported last month, a major nuclear disaster is unfolding in Washington state at what is known as the Hanford nuclear site. There have been reports that the Hanford has been leaking massive amounts of radioactive material for over two weeks.

Only a week after 19 workers were sent for medical evaluation after waste tank they were moving was found to be leaking, 3 more workers have reportedly been injured at the site. The workers reportedly inhaled radioactive fumes – the same issue facing the 19 previously hospitalized workers, according to reports, bringing the total number of workers injured at the site up to 22.

On top of the Hanford disaster, in recent months, a fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is closing in on a nuclear waste dump, according to a Missouri emergency plan recently distributed by St. Louis County officials. The landfill fire has been burning for over five years, and they have been unable to contain it thus far.

There are clouds of smoke that have been billowing from the site, making the air in parts of St. Louis heavily contaminated. 

In 2013, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued Republic Services, the company responsible for the landfill, charging the company with neglecting the site and harming the local environment.

Last year, city officials became concerned that the fire may reach the nearby Lake Landfill, which is littered with decades worth of nuclear waste from government projects and weapons manufacturing. Remnants from the Manhattan Project and the Cold War have been stuffed there for generations. The site has been under the control of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1990, but they failed to make any significant effort to clean up the waste.

In December of last year, the EPA announced that it would install a physical barrier in an effort to isolate the nuclear waste. But the timeline given by the EPA said it could take up to a year to complete. 

Residents aren’t comforted by that timetable, and think the government, despite years of warning, has done too little to stave off a possible environmental disaster. They are right.

To add to the legitimacy of the residents’ worries about the government’s timeline, the ground has yet to be broken, the fire is still smoldering, and the EPA just finalized, on Thursday, an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (Settlement) requiring Bridgeton Landfill, LLC to start work on the isolation barrier system at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site.

Aside from the threat of the U.S. military’s decades-old nuclear waste erupting into flames in the near future, there are also two nuclear reactors inside the United States, which have been leaking for months.

In In Florida, a recent study commissioned by Miami-Dade County concluded that the area’s four-decades-old nuclear power plants at Turkey Point are leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.

This has raised alarm among county officials and environmentalists that the plant, which sits on the coastline, is polluting the bay’s surface waters and its fragile ecosystem, reports the NY Times. In the past two years, bay waters near the plant have had a large saltwater plume that is slowly moving toward wells several miles away that supply drinking water to millions of residents in Miami and the Florida Keys.

Samples taken during the study show everything from the deadly radioactive isotope, tritium, to elevated levels of salt, ammonia, and phosphorous. So far, according to the scientists conducting the study, the levels of tritium are too low to harm people. 

 However, in December, and January, the levels were far higher than they should be in nearby ocean water which is a telling sign of a much larger underlying problem.

“We now know exactly where the pollution is coming from, and we have a tracer that shows it’s in the national park,” said Laura Reynolds. Reynolds is an environmental consultant who is working with the Tropical Audubon Society and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which intend to file the lawsuit, according to the Times. “We are worried about the marine life there and the future of Biscayne Bay.”

Fifteen hundred miles north of the leaking reactors in Florida is the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. Since the beginning of this year, there’s been an uncontrollable radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant that continues leaking into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River, raising the specter of a Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

The Indian Point nuclear plant is located on the Hudson River and serves the electrical needs of an estimated 2 million people. In January, while preparing a reactor for refueling, workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water containing the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing by as much as 65,000 percent.

The tritium leak is the ninth in just the past year, four of which were severe enough to shut down the reactors. But the most recent leak, however, according to an assessment by the New York Department of State as part of its Coastal Zone Management Assessment, contains a variety of radioactive elements such as strontium-90, cesium-137, cobalt-60, and nickel-63, and isn’t limited to tritium contamination.

As the utility companies and government agencies continue to downplay the severity of these situations, the residents who live the closest to these spots are already feeling the effects.

According to a recent report, Radiation and Public Health Project researchers compared the state and national cancer data from 1988-92 with three other five-year periods (1993-97, 1998-02, and 2003-07). The results, published in 2009, show the cancer rates going from 11 percent below the national average to 7 percent above in that timespan. Unexpected increases were detected in 19 out of 20 major types of cancer. Thyroid cancer registered the biggest increase, going from 13 percent below the national average to 51 percent above.

While the U.S. war machine spends hundreds of billions of dollars per year waging war against humanity, Americans at home are dying from a crumbling nuclear infrastructure. The realization that multiple nuclear disasters are currently unfolding across the country, while the mainstream media remains silent, speaks to the fact that most media is owned by the same benefactors that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

The original article can be found here. Keep yourself and your loved ones, including pets, safe. They don’t care about any of us… This is some dangerous fire they playing with; and they’d leave us behind in it to burn without a second thought… Protect yourself and try stay healthy. ✊

February 23rd Nationwide Protests to Protect Individual Privacy From FBI and Government

We’re NOT protesting Apple, they are fighting back against this too. We’re protesting the government’s dangerous attempt to undermine our security by demanding a backdoor.- Below

The government is searching for an easy way to access and monitor all of us with iPhones. I’ve always been an Apple supporter; now more than ever for not simply selling us out and making a new OS with a backdoor for the FBI. They at least are resisting.

The AP states:

“Apple is fighting the court order issued in the case, arguing that the special software sought by the FBI could be used to break into millions of other iPhones. The FBI contends Apple is exaggerating the security risks of complying with the court order in a marketing ploy aimed at selling more iPhones.

Fight for the Future believes Apple’s concerns are warranted and is hoping the protests will persuade the Obama administration to take a stand against the way the FBI is trying to break into Farook’s iPhone, said Evan Greer, the group’s campaign director.”

 

Of course the Government thus far is supporting the FBI’s attack on the people and Apple. And the abusive, brutal and cruel NYPD has said the encryption Apple uses is, “A Gift From God to Criminals”….

That all by itself should be a huge red flag to all of us. Our privacy is at risk of being further invaded and violated. Join me and Apple at protesting the government! (See Links Below)

And from another article:

This is a huge.

“This is really dangerous. The FBI just got a judge to order Apple to build a software “backdoor” to help them hack into an iPhone. They’ve been wanting to do this for years, but now they’re exploiting the tragedy in San Bernardino, CA to push their agenda to weaken the security of all of our phones to enable more government surveillance.

Our basic safety and security is at stake! On Tuesday, February 23rd we will gather at Apple stores nationwide with two simple messages: “Don’t Break Our Phones!” and “Secure Phones Save Lives!”

We’re not protesting Apple, they are fighting back against this too. We’re protesting the government’s dangerous attempt to undermine our security by demanding a backdoor.

Scroll to the bottom of this event for a list of organized protests (coming soon), or simply show up at the most central Apple store in your town at 5:30pm. Check back soon for a simple tool that will allow you to turn your iPhone, tablet, or laptop into a protest sign you can bring to these events.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:

Breaking the security features of our iPhones won’t just hurt our privacy, it puts all of our safety at risk. Once a backdoor is built, it won’t just be used by governments or law enforcement. It will enable malicious hackers, foreign governments, terrorists, thieves and stalkers to use our data against us.

What the FBI is doing is dangerous, but it’s also illegal. Apple has a right to offer customers secure devices that protect our most sensitive information. According to the ACLU, forcing Apple to hack their own customers is unconstitutional and will undermine our privacy and safety without improving national security.

So far, Apple is vowing to fight this unlawful and reckless demand by the government, but we need to show them that they’re not standing alone. Join us at one of these important events to stand up for everyone’s safety.”

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