alliance for justice

While Trump has been getting attention for his push to build a stupid wall on the border with Mexico. The American taxpayers have been subsidizing Israel allowing them to build an apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian owned land at our own expense and making life difficult for Palestinians.

Regardless if it’s Trump’s stupid wall or Israel’s apartheid wall. No wall should ever be build. Only bridges for mutual respect and friendship be build which makes far more sense than any stupid walls.

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codex:  a child of the streets, Shepard learned to live by her wits and guts, surviving in the hidden underbelly of the megatropolises of humanity’s home world.

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And you will be one day exactly what you are 

Just keep your head held high, 

kiss your fist and touch the sky.

anonymous asked:

What do you believe our justice system is for?

My brother is a police officer who joined the force to make a difference in his community. Our current justice system is filled with many individuals who stand for fairness, service, and protection of the most vulnerable among us.

Unfortunately, the aggregate impact of our current justice system does not paint the same picture.

Our current system perpetuates racism by targeting communities of color at a disproportionate rate and with disproportionate harshness. It fails communities because it does not deter others from committing harm. It also fails those who work in the system because their trauma and exposure to violence become an occupational hazard leading to higher than average health challenges and higher suicide rates.

What’s worse, our justice system is touted in the name of crime survivors, many of whom are not asked what they need in the wake of harm. In the first-ever, nationally representative survey of crime victims, an Alliance for Safety and Justice report found that victims preferred investments in prevention and youth programing over investments in prison by a margin of 7 to 1.

We must listen to the needs of survivors and create a system grounded in healing, harm reduction, prevention, and accountability through restorative practices.

I believe when we listen to survivors, we learn that true justice is healing.

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ByLambda Legal
OCTOBER 12, 2016

Co-authored by Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, and Richard Saenz, Staff Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct program strategist.

As courts confront challenges to prostitution laws that pile fines and criminal records on people who get paid for consensual sex, we’re making our position clear: we see no constitutionally adequate basis to criminalize sex solely because one consenting adult pays another.

In one such case, Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project v. Gascón, pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal recently filed a friend-of-the court brief challenging a decision that failed to examine the facts of whether a California prostitution law actually promotes public health. Representing our own organization, as well as AIDS United, APLA Health, The Center for HIV Law and Policy, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Positively Trans, Positive Women’s Network-USA, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Brad Sears (Executive Director of The Williams Institute), Sero Project, and the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, we laid out the real-world evidence that criminalizing sex work actually undermines public health.

When the government criminalizes sex work, people involved in the sex trade fear law enforcement, arrests and penalties. Criminalization deters people frequently targeted by police (often poor, often people of color, often transgender women) from carrying and using condoms, a cheap and effective method of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections–because those condoms may be used as evidence of intent to commit a crime. And that result, as a prominent prosecutor admitted years ago, is “a public health disaster.” Yet more than three decades into the HIV epidemic, this is the public health impact our criminal laws have wrought—often affecting people for whom sex work makes the difference between having food and shelter or going hungry and homeless.

Sex workers are more likely to be targeted for violence, and less likely to get help if they are attacked, because telling the facts of what occurred will likely reveal their engagement in criminalized conduct. They are also less likely to go to doctors and clinics or to be forthcoming about their activities when the work they do can lead to being charged with a crime. For all of these reasons, criminalizing sex worsens public health–for both sellers and buyers–rather than protecting or improving it.

These impacts can make workers vulnerable to the force and coercion that are the hallmarks of trafficking. In turn, people who are trafficked have reduced control over their work and their choices, leading to worsened health, including added vulnerability to HIV and disease progression.

To be clear, human trafficking is not sex work, and confusing the two leads to legal and public health chaos when we try to find our way to sound results. Clearing out the clamor: the key is consent. People who are coerced or forced into sex or domestic labor (the most common form of human trafficking) are not sex workers—they are trafficking victims. Nothing about our position blocks prosecuting their tormentors.

At the heart of Lambda Legal’s most groundbreaking victories and continuing mission is self-determination, including bodily autonomy. When the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing same-sex relationships and gay identity in Lawrence v. Texas, it rightly rejected assertions against us that “public health” justified sodomy laws. The movement for reproductive justice, from which we draw key legal precedents, similarly fights for facts over fiction when government tries to limit the right to contraception, abortion, or other similar personal decision-making. Lawrence explained that the constitutional right to liberty protects all of us when we make our own decisions about adult, consensual sexual intimacy. In cases such as Lawrence and a long and venerable line of reproductive justice cases the Court has recognized values of dignity, privacy, and autonomy extending to each of us in our sexual choices, independent of whether encounters involve love or marriage and unimpeded by moral disapproval. Across connected movements, we are all in this together, in so many ways.

And so we have rejected facile assumptions about public health and sex work. We did so in supporting Amnesty International’s deeply researched platform rejecting criminalization of sex work, and soon after in critiquing the Rentboy.com prosecution. Throughout, we have driven home the truth about the devastating harms of arrests, fines, sentences, criminal records, injuries and violence that criminalizing sex work generates against LGBT people and many others. We will continue to do so in our legal and policy advocacy and in coalition with other organizations in support of our mutual goals: health, safety, and choice and self-determination about our relationships, our work and our bodies.

Money complicates sex. But a commercial exchange shouldn’t negate these constitutional rights. And frankly, sometimes relationships are transactional. For just a few common examples, consider prenuptial agreements, surrogacy, and hook-up websites; the fact that money is involved does not obliterate constitutional protections for marriage, parenting or sexual intimacy. All of these truths animate Lambda Legal’s position that the government may not constitutionally criminalize consensual adult sex solely because it is bought and sold.

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Day 9 of 12 Days of Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

The Imperial Forces – under orders from cruel Darth Vader – hold Princess Leia hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

Starring:

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa

Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO

Kenny Baker as R2-D2

Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca

David Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader