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Mariska Hargitay Endorses Hillary Clinton As The 'Law & Order' Candidate
“I stand with Hillary, enthusiastically and with all conviction."

Out of all of Hillary Clinton’s many celebrity endorsements, this one might just be the coolest.

Mariska Hargitay, better known in the “Law & Order: SVU” criminal justice system as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, endorsed the Democratic nominee for president in a powerful blog for Elle on Monday.

“I stand with Hillary, enthusiastically and with all conviction,” the actress wrote. “I can’t think of a more succinct rallying cry for the anti-violence movement than Hillary’s campaign slogan: Stronger together.”

Hargitay has long been a voice for sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors both on- and off-screen. She’s worked closely with the Obama administration, and specifically with Vice President Joe Biden, to bring attention to untested rape kits as well as resources and support for victims of abuse.

Given that Republican nominee Donald Trump has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault, Hargitay makes it clear that Clinton is the only candidate that will take these issues seriously.

“Whether it is arguing for change in how campuses address the epidemic of sexual assault, drawing attention to the use of rape as a weapon of war, or advocating for the criminal justice system to do all that it can to ensure victims of sexual assault have full access to all the tools at law enforcement’s disposal, including the mandatory testing of all rape kits, Hillary has a vision and a plan for action,” the actress wrote. “And after a lifetime dedicated to working for the rights of women and girls, her vision and her plan are informed, hard-won, and comprehensive.”  

The actress also poked fun (and easily shut down) Donald Trump’s promise to be the “law and order candidate” of the election with a charming sign-off at the end of her endorsement of Clinton.

“Stand with me as I stand with her, as we all stand together, as people, as women and men, united in our conviction that we can be the country that leads the world in bringing this violence to an end,” Hargitay wrote. “And yes, Hillary, in case you were wondering, this makes you the ‘Law & Order’ candidate.”

Clinton/Benson 2020? They’ve got our vote.

To read the rest of Hargitay’s post, head here.

The statistics won’t come as a shock to those aware of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a series of policies and practices that push students, especially those most at-risk, from classrooms to the criminal justice system at a young age. 

It’s time we change the conversation and the policy that leads to more incarceration, inequality and hopelessness for so many.

Join the Issue Time discussion on the school to prison pipeline. 

Ask our experts a question by Wednesday 10/5 and follow @the-movemnt for the answers this Friday 10/7!


21 Things You Can’t Do While Black?

I just gotta ask: exactly how cowardly ARE all of these racist, armed White men?

Literally, from “dehumanizing stares” from a 14yr old teen 

to loud music, to seeking help after an accident, to walking towards someone or even just walking away from someone…racists and gun creeps™ (particularly in Florida) all seem to be trigger happy & afraid of their own damn shadows

Here is the racial makeup of the jury

I can almost guarantee you that the Black jurors are in a state of disbelief that they are having to fight tooth & nail to explain to the other jurors that, no, there really was no good reason for Michael Dunn’s drive by shooting and, no, loud music actually isn’t a life threatening situation. I really hope that they don’t tire out and give in like B-29 aka “Maddy” did

A hung jury will give the state a second shot at Dunn (although, twice now, in two Stand Your Ground cases, Angela Corey and her prosecution team have flatly refused to openly address what’s at the very heart of this case: abject racism. Dancing around Dunn’s proven hatred of Black people is beyond problematic. It’s infuriatingly frustrating, and it may cause a miscarriage of justice just as it did in the Zimmerman trial…but avoiding attacking Dunn as a racist is actually no different–at all–than how waayyy too many non-Black Americans tend to treat racism IRL: by not talking about it and pretending it isn’t at play. I’m no lawyer, but if Angela Corey and the state of Florida can prosecute & imprison Marissa Alexander for firing a warning shot into a wall without actually injuring anyone, then they also could have charged Michael Dunn with a hate crime)

Existing while Black should not be a legally sanctioned reason to be murdered in cold blood and this needs to stop 

I hope Jordan Davis and his family get the justice they all deserve 

Closing thought: don’t avoid jury duty

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Black People Killed by Police 2015 (Updated Nov 23rd):

—-(as of Nov 20th)—-
Michael Lee Marshall, 50, CO
Steve Dormil, 27, FL
Randy Allen Smith, 34, FL
Marcus Deon Meridy, 44, MI
Cornelius Brown, 25, FL
Jeray Chatham, 30, TX
Yohans Leon, 28, FL
Demetrius Shelley Bryant, 21, SC
Chandra Weaver, 48, MO
Jamar O'Neal Clark, 24, MN
Richard Perkins, 39, CA
Stephen L. Tooson, 45, AL
Ryan Quinn Martin, 32, MD
Delvin Tyrell Simmons, 20, SC
—-(as of Nov 6th)—-
John Allen, 57, TX
James Covington Jr., 62, DC
Bennie Lee Tignor, 56, AL
Yvens Seide, 33, FL
Deaunte Lamar Bell, 25, OH
Jerry Michael Graham Jr., 34, FL
Tyrie Cuyler, 25, GA
Anthony Ashford, 29, CA
Kevin T. Brunson, 45, MD
Marquesha McMillan, 21, DC
Dominic Hutchinson, 30, CA
Rolly Thomas, 34, FL
Charles A. Pettit, Jr., 18, OK
Adriene Jamarr Ludd, 36, CA
Lawrence Green, 38, LA
Dion Lamont Ramirez, 53, CA
Corey Jones, 31, FL
Paterson Brown Jr., 18, VA
Dequan L. Williams, 28, PA
Kaleb Alexander, 25, OH
Jason Day, 40, OK
Bernard Brandon Powers, 23, SC
Jeffery McCallum, 31, IL
Christopher LaShon Kimble Jr., 22, OH
Brandon Johnson, 28, WV
Junior Prosper, 31, FL
James Anderson, 33, IL
Ernesto Medina López, 42, FL
Keith Harrison McLeod, 19, MD
Jeremy McDole, 28, DE
Bobby R. Anderson, 27, LA
Tyrone Bass, 21 , LA
Vincent E. Scott, 49, KS
Carl Devince King, 52, NC
Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, KY
Clifford Butler, Jr., 67, OK
Brandon Foy, 29, IN
Tyrone L. Holman, 37, MO
Angelo Delano Perry, 35, VA
India Kager, 28, VA
La'vante Trevon Biggs, 21, NC
Cedric Maurice Williams, 33, WV
James Carney III, 48, OH
Felix Kumi, 61, NY
James Marcus Brown III, 25, NV
Bertrand Syjuan Davis, 43, TX
Curtis Smith, 34, PA
Thaddeus Faison, 39, NY
Deviere Ernel Ransom, 24, MI
Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, MO
Frederick Roy, 35, TX
Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, CA
Allen Matthew Baker III, 23, CA
Asshams Pharoah Manley, 30, MD
Garland Tyree, 38, NY
Reginald Marshall, 27, OH
Redel Kentel Jones, 30, CA
Nathaniel Wilks, 27, CA
Andre Green, 15, IN
Tsombe Jashon Clark, 25, NC
Shamir Terrel Palmer, 24, SC
Derrick Lee Hunt, 28, CA
Charles Bertram, 22, TX
Christian Taylor, 19, TX
Troy Robinson, 32, GA
Keshawn D. Hargrove, 20, VA
Darius D. Graves, 31, IL
Filimoni Raiyawa, 57, CA
Khari Westly, 33, LA
Bryan Keith Day, 36, NV
Sandra Bland, 28, TX
Donatae L. Martin. 34, OH
Andre Dontrell Williams, 26, OK
Devon Guisherd, 26, PA
Samuel Dubose, 43, OH
Darrius Stewart, 19, TN
Albert Joseph Davis, 23, FL
Edward Foster III, 35, FL
Chacarion Avant, 20, FL
Salvado Ellswood, 36, FL
Freddie Blue, 20, GA
George Mann, 35, GA
Anthony Dewayne Ware, 35, AL
Jonathan Sanders, 39, MS
Jason M. Hendley, 29, CA
Maximo Rabasa, 52, FL
Robert Elando Manlone, 42, OK
Kawanza Jamaal Beaty, 23, VA
Victo Larosa III, 23, FL
Kevin Lamont Judson, 24, OR
Alfontish Cockerham, 23, IL
Spencer Lee McCain, 41, MD
Damien A. Harrell, 26, VA
Tyrone Harris, 20, PA
Zamiel Kivon Crawford, 21, AL
Kevin Bajoie, 32, LA
Trepierre Hummons, 21, OH
Jermaine Benjamin, 42, FL
Deng Manyoun, 35, KY
arles Allen Ziegler, 40, FL
Fritz Severe, 46, FL
Isiah Hampton, 19, NY
QuanDavier Hicks, 22, OH
Ross Anthony, 25, TX
Demouria Hogg, 30, CA
Andrew Ellerbe, 33, PA
Sherman Byrd, 24, PA
Usaama Rahim 26 Massachusetts
Richard Davis 50 New York
Kevin Allen 36 New Jersey
James Strong 32 Colorado
Kenneth Dothard 40 Georgia
Dalton Branch 51 New York
Anthony Briggs 26 Alabama
Caso Jackson 25 Michigan
Javoris Washington 29 Florida
Jerome Thomas Caldwell 32 South Carolina
Markus Clark 26 Florida
Marcus D. Wheeler 26 Nebraska
Anthony Quinn Gomez Jr. 29 Pennsylvania
D'Angelo Reyes Stallworth 28 Florida
Kelvin Antonie Goldston 30 Texas
Lionel Young 34 Maryland
Dedrick Marshall 48 Louisiana
Nephi Arriguin 21 California
Brendon Glenn 29 California
Jason Champion 41 New Jersey
Nuwnah Laroche 34 New Jersey
Elton Simpson 30 Texas
Alexia Christian 25 Georgia
Jeffery O. Adkins 53 Virginia
Terrance Kellom 20 Michigan
Todd Dye 20 Colorado
Samuel Harrell 30 New York
William L. Chapman II 18 Virginia
Daniel Wolfe 35 New Jersey
Freddie Gray 25 Maryland
Norman Cooper 33 Texas
Thaddeus McCarroll 23 Missouri
Darrell Lawrence Brown 31 Maryland
Frank Ernest Shephard III 41 Texas
Tevin Barkley 22 Florida
Colby Robinson  26 Texas
Karl Taylor 52 New York
Don Oneal Smith Jr. 29 Indiana
Dexter Bethea 42 Georgia
Desmond Willis 25 Louisiana
Paul Anthony Anderson 31 California
Justus Howell 17 Illinois
Walter Scott 50 South Carolina
Darrin A. Langford 32 Illinois
Donald “Dontay” Ivy 39 New York
Eric Courtney Harris 44 Oklahoma
Robert Washington 37 California
Phillip White 32 New Jersey
Ricky Shawatza Hall 27 Maryland
Dominick R. Wise 30 Virginia
Jamalis Hall 39 Florida
Angelo West 41 Massachusetts
Meagan Hockaday 26 California
Jeremy Lorenza Kelly 27 South Carolina
Walter Brown III 29 Virginia
Nicholas Thomas 23 Georgia
Denzel Brown 21 New York
Richard White 63 Louisiana
Brandon Jones 18 Ohio
Kendre Omari Alston 16 Florida
Askari Roberts 35 Georgia
Jonathan Ryan Paul 42 Texas
Terry Garnett Jr. 37 Maryland
Jamie Croom 31 Louisiana
Theodore Johnson 64 Ohio
Terrance Moxley 29 Ohio
Cedrick Lamont Bishop 30 Florida
Anthony Hill 27 Georgia
Monique Jenee Deckard 43 California
Andrew Anthony Williams 48 Florida
Naeschylus Vinzant 37 Colorado
Bernard Moore 62 Georgia
Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. 19 Wisconsin
Tyrone Ryerson Lawrence 45 Wisconsin
Shaquille C. Barrow 20 Illinois
Fednel Rhinvil 25 Maryland
Charley Leundeu Keunang, “Africa” 43 California
Thomas Allen Jr. 34 Missouri
Darrell “Hubbard” Gatewood 47 Oklahoma
Ian Sherrod 40 North Carolina
Cornelius J. Parker 28 Missouri
Glenn C. Lewis 37 Oklahoma
Calvon A. Reid 39 Florida
A’Donte Washington 16 Alabama
Terry Price 41 Oklahoma
Stanley Lamar Grant 38 Alabama
Janisha Fonville 20 North Carolina
Lavall Hall 25 Florida
Phillip Watkins 23 California
Anthony Bess 49 Tennessee
Desmond Luster, Sr. 45 Texas
Natasha McKenna 37 Virginia
James Howard Allen 74 North Carolina
Herbert Hill 26 Oklahoma
Markell Atkins 36 Tennessee
Yvette Henderson 38 California
Ledarius Williams 23 Missouri
Dewayne Deshawn Ward Jr. 29 California
Edward Donnell Bright, Sr. 56 Maryland
Jermonte Fletcher 33 Ohio
Darin Hutchins 26 Maryland
Tiano Meton 25 Texas
Demaris Turner 29 Florida
Isaac Holmes 19 Missouri
Dewayne Carr 42 Arizona
Terence D. Walker 21 Oklahoma
Rodney Walker 23 Oklahoma
Kavonda Earl Payton 39 Colorado
Mario A. Jordan 34 Virginia
Donte Sowell 27 Indiana
Marcus Ryan Golden 24 Minnesota
Artago Damon Howard 36 Arkansas
Andre Larone Murphy Sr. 42 Nebraska
Ronald Sneed 31 Texas
Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed 41 Ohio
Brian Pickett 26 California
Leslie Sapp III 47 Pennsylvania
Matthew Ajibade 22 Georgia

Black People Killed by Police in 2014

Jerry Nowlin 39 Oklahoma
Travis Faison 24 North Carolina
Michael D. Sulton 23 Mississippi
Calvin Peters 49 New York
Dennis Grisgby 35 Texas
Thurrell Jowers 22 Mississippi
Brandon Tate-Brown 26 Pennsylvania
Xavier McDonald 16 Tennessee
Antonio Martin 18 Missouri
Carlos Davenport 51 Kansas
Gregory Marcus Gray 33 District of Columbia
Carlton Wayne Smith 20 Texas
Terrence Gilbert 25 Illinois
Aura Rosser 40 Michigan
Quentin Smith 23 Florida
Charles Emmett Logan 68 Minnesota
David Andre Scott 28 Florida
Jerame C. Reid 36 New Jersey
Kevin Davis 44 Georgia
David Yearby 27 New Jersey
Eric Tyrone Forbes 28 Florida
Christopher Bernard Doss 41 Texas
Christopher M. Anderson 27 Illinois
William Mark Jones 50 North Carolina
Rauphael Thomas 29 Ohio
Tanisha N. Anderson 37 Ohio
Rumain Brisbon 34 Arizona
Lincoln Price 24 Oklahoma
John T. Wilson, III 22 Nevada
Cinque DJahspora 20 Tennessee
Darnell Dayron Stafford 31 New Jersey
Cecil Chaney Tinker-Smith 37 Washington
Akai Gurley 28 New York
Keara Crowder 29 Tennessee
Myron DeÕShawn May 39 Florida
Leonardo Marquette Little 33 Florida
Tamir E. Rice 12 Ohio
Eric Ricks 30 Texas
Lashano J. Gilbert 31 Connecticut
Qusean Whitten 18 Ohio
Latandra Ellington 36 Florida
Elisha Glass 20 Ohio
OÕShaine Evans 26 California
Tracy A. Wade 39 Kentucky
Miguel Benton 19 Georgia
Balantine Mbegbu 65 Arizona
Iretha Lilly 37 Texas
Vonderrit Myers Jr. 18 Missouri
Aljarreau Cross 29 Nevada
Adam Ardett Madison 28 Alabama
Ronnie D. McNary 44 Ohio
Alphonse Edward Perkins 50 California
Terrell Lucas 22 Indiana
Zale Thompson 32 New York
Shawn DeCortez Brown, II 20 New Jersey
Darrien Nathaniel Hunt 22 Utah
Kaldrick Donald 24 Florida
Christopher Mason McCray 17 North Carolina
Kendrick Brown 35 Ohio
Elijah Jackson 33 Tennessee
Naim Owens 22 New York
Ricky Deangelo Hinkle 47 Alabama
Carrey Brown 26 Washington
Kashad Ashford 23 New Jersey
Ceasar Adams 36 Louisiana
Michael Willis Jr. 42 Missouri
Charles Smith 29 Georgia
John Jolly Jr. 28 Kentucky
Cameron Tillman 14 Louisiana
Nolan Anderson 50 Louisiana
Oliver Jarrod Gregoire 26 Texas
Ronald Singleton 45 New York
Jeremy Lewis 33 Florida
Warren Robinson 16 Illinois
Darius Cole-Garrit 21 Illinois
Eugene Williams 38 Missouri
Marlon S. Woodstock 38 Florida
Arvel Douglas Williams 30 Maryland
Anthony Callaway 27 Georgia
Javonta Darden 20 Georgia
Ennis Labaux 37 Louisiana
Robert Baltimore 34 Louisiana
Anthony Lamar Brown 39 Florida
Dominique Charon Lewis 23 Michigan
Eugene N. Turner III 28 Mississippi
Cedric Stanley 35 Florida
Jacorey Calhoun 23 California
Briant Paula 26 Massachusetts
Michael Laray Dozer 26 California
Daniel Row 37 Ohio
John Crawford III 22 Ohio
Eddie Davis 67 Texas
Michael Brown, Jr. 18 Missouri
Corey Levert Tanner 24 Florida
Frederick R. Miller 38 Maryland
Ezell Ford 25 California
Dante Parker 36 California
Andre Maurice Jones 37 California
Luther Lathron Walker 38 California
Michelle Cusseaux 50 Arizona
David Ellis 29 Pennsylvania
Kajieme Powell 25 Missouri
Roshad McIntosh 18 Illinois
Cortez Washington 32 Nebraska
Vernicia Woodward 26 Georgia
Desean Pittman 20 Illinois
Jerry Dwight Brown 41 Florida
Jacqueline Nichols 64 Michigan
Icarus Randolph 26 Kansas
Christopher Jones 30 Missouri
Charles Goodridge 53 Texas
Tommy Jackson 39 Florida
Tyshawn Hancock 37 Ohio
Tommy Ray Yancy 32 California
Lawrence Campbell 27 New Jersey
Eric Garner 43 New York
Donovan Bayton 54 Maryland
Vamond Arqui Elmore 37 South Carolina
Jonathan L. Williams 25 Arizona
Harrison Carter 29 Florida
Charles Leon Johnson, II 29 Georgia
Briatay McDuffie 19 Maryland
Patrick Small 27 South Carolina
Frank McQueen 34 Pennsylvania
Thomas Dewitt Johnson 28 Florida
Lonnie Flemming 31 Tennessee
David Latham 35 Virginia
Michael Reams 47 California
Steven Thompson 26 Florida
Roylee Vell Dixon 48 Alabama
Broderick Johnson 21 Georgia
Frank Rhodes 61 Mississippi
John Schneider 24 Georgia
Jason Harrison 38 Texas
Devaron Ricardo Wilburn 21 North Carolina
Ismael Sadiq 30 Texas
Samuel Shields 49 Maryland
Denzell Curnell 19 South Carolina
Antoine Dominique Hunter 24 California
Juan May 45 Texas
Lavon King 20 New Jersey
Paul Ray Kemp Jr. 40 California
Samuel Johnson 45 California
Rodney Hodge 33 Texas
Dennis Hicks 29 Delaware
Quentin Byrd 21 Georgia
Londrell Johnson 31 Wisconsin
Nyocomus Garnett 35 Texas
Eddie Macon Jr. 39 Michigan
Pearlie Golden 93 Texas
Armand Martin 50 New Mexico
Jerome Dexter Christmas 44 Louisiana
Devante Kyshon Hinds 21 Alabama
Jonathan Lee Asuzu  Alabama
Joseph Givens 34 Ohio
Justin Griffin 25 Mississippi
George V. King 19 Maryland
James Renee White Jr. 21 California
Charles D. Broadway Jr.24 Kansas
Howard Wallace Bowe Jr. 34 Florida
Jovon Allen 21 Arkansas
Shiquan M. Krouser 27 New York
Damion Foster 37 Florida
Dominique Franklin, Jr 23 Illinois
Jermassioun Viondrey Rodgers 20 Florida
Michael Myers 62 Illinois
Quintico Goolsby 36 Indiana
Montez Dewayne Hambric 26 North Carolina
Duane Erick Strong 18 Florida
Jose Valerio 17 Louisiana
Terry Darnell Heath 45 Ohio
Sandy Jamel McCall 33 North Carolina
Etoine Baucum 44 New Jersey
Dustin Keith Glover 27 Texas
Jameel Kareem Ofurum Harrison 34 Maryland
Gregory Towns 24 Georgia
Daniel Christoph Yealu 29 California
Matthew Walker 55 Florida
Emmanuel Wooten  Mississippi
Joe Huff 86 Illinois
Adrian Williams 29 Pennsylvania
Dontre H. Hamilton 31 Wisconsin
Tyrone Davis 43 Mississippi
Emerson Clayton Jr. 21 Alabama
Treon “Tree” Johnson 27 Florida
Gabriella Monique Nevarez 22 California
Kenny Clinton Walker 23 California
Daniel Martin 47 Oklahoma
Douglas Cooper 18 Rhode Island
Winfield Carlton Fisher III 32 Maryland
Deosaran Maharaj 51 Florida
DeAndre Lloyd Starks 27 Oklahoma
Earnest Satterwhite 68 South Carolina
Anneson Joseph 28 Florida
Raason Shaw 20 Illinois
Anthony Bartley 21 Florida
Zikarious Jaquan Flint 20 Georgia
Alton Reaves 31 South Carolina
D'Andre Berghardt Jr. 20 Nevada
Stephon Averyhart 27 Missouri
Yvette Smith 45 Texas
Keith Atkinson 31 Alabama
Kenneth Christopher Lucas 38 Texas
Cornelius Turner 19 Wisconsin
McKenzie Cochran 25 Michigan
Kendall Alexander 34 Louisiana
Jordan Baker 26 Texas
Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. 30 Florida
Henry Jackson 19 Oklahoma
Jeffrey Ragland 50 New York
Marquise Jones 23 Texas
Paul Smith 58 California
Eldrin Loren Smart 31 Louisiana

1-This was put together on Nov 9th using information from This is my favorite source because it only takes names from confirmed news sources.
1.5-About half of reported civilian deaths by police officers do not include the race. There are most definitely more that we do not know of.
2-Police are not required to report the people they kill, so we know that there has to be more than this that is not reported. Currently the best government data we have on police killings is from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting but these killings are self-reported by law enforcement and participation in the database is voluntary – only about 750 agencies contribute to it, a fraction of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States.
3-This passes no judgment on guilt or innocence, just a full list. I am sure some of these names are actual criminals, but the world will never know other than taking the police’s word. Police are not the judge, jury and executioners and these people should be alive to face their crimes or prove their innocence in a court of law. (We have also learned from Walter Scott that police lie on the reports and plant evidence)
3.5-IF they were criminals, does not excuse the police from violating these people’s Fifth Amendment Rights. They were deprived of life without due process of law. Many of these people are shot in the back or unarmed (see below). The major problem is we have violent White criminals like Ted Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh, James Eagan Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, Dylann Storm Roof who are all terrorists who collectively killed hundreds of people and were apprehended without being shot. Meanwhile, black people are being shot for non-violent crimes like jaywalking, having a busted taillight and so on.
4-This does not include police brutality cases like Floyd Dent, Martese Johnson or so many more.
5-This not include people like Travon Martin or Jordan Davis, who were killed by “stand your ground” laws by civilians.
6-This also does not include people like Lennon Lacy and Otis Byrd in what looks like lynchings
7-I also did not include anything pre-2014 since that is when the whole “black lives matter” movement started. This is not a new occurrence.
8-yeah, yeah … not all cops. I am sure they have a hard job, but it does not excuse this list or especially how long it is. There were 127 total police deaths in 2014, including unrelated car accidents, heart attacks and even one 9/11 related illness. It is MUCH more dangerous to be black than a police officer.
9-Yes, there were plenty of white people killed by police. “All lives matter”, BUT black people are 4x more likely to be killed by police than whites. Only 16% of white people killed were unarmed while 47% of black people killed were unarmed. There are deep racial disparities that come from a system of oppression.

However, this list is important. Sure Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddy Gray get the headlines, but every name needs to be remembered.

Please see the updated list at


Stanley Wrice, 59, gave a thumbs up as he was released from the Pontiac Correctional Center after Cook County Judge Richard Walsh overturned his conviction this week saying officers lied about how they treated him.

Not alone: Wrice was sentenced to 100 yeas in prison in 1982 after he says two former officers beat him with a flashlight and a 20-inch piece of rubber the same weapons, lawyers say the two implicated cops used on others.

Mike Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison. When his order to report to jail never came, he turned his life around, started a family, and opened his own business. The jail discovered the error on his ‘release date’ 13 years later and imprisoned him for 10 months, but a judge let him go because he was a 'changed man’ and jail no longer served a purpose. Source Source 2

Tamir Rice’s mother joins call for a look at prosecutors nationwide

Samaria Rice is taking the role of leader seriously. Earlier this year, Rice helped lead the call to replace Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, who declined to bring criminal charges against the two police officers who shot her son. 

Now, she’s the face of a nationwide effort to look more closely at prosecutors in cities and counties across the country, 95% of whom are white and more than 70% of whom run unopposed. In the fight to curb police violence, prosecutors are uniquely positioned to hold officers accountable for their actions.

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The people of Ferguson have the absolute power to remove the ENTIRE city council and the mayor, and to do so within six months. They can then put into place a city council that will appoint a city manager who will fire the Chief of Police and replace that Chief with a Chief of Police who will replace the ENTIRE FORCE.

And they have more than enough numbers to make it all happen.

They just have to organize, register, and sign the petitions for recall.

The people have all the power in this. They just don’t realize it.


I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

Ten years ago, when I started my career as an assistant district attorney in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, I viewed the American criminal justice system as a vital institution that protected society from dangerous people. I once prosecuted a man for brutally attacking his wife with a flashlight, and another for sexually assaulting a waitress at a nightclub. I believed in the system for good reason.

But in between the important cases, I found myself spending most of my time prosecuting people of color for things we white kids did with impunity growing up in the suburbs. As our office handed down arrest records and probation terms for riding dirt bikes in the street, cutting through a neighbor’s yard, hosting loud parties, fighting, or smoking weed – shenanigans that had rarely earned my own classmates anything more than raised eyebrows and scoldings – I often wondered if there was a side of the justice system that we never saw in the suburbs. Last year, I got myself arrested in New York City and found out.

Read more. [Image: Bobby Constantino]

feminismandmedia  asked:

What exactly is the school to prison pipeline? What studies have proven the practices within this to be true?

The school-to-prison pipeline is the process by which some youth are at an elevated risk of contact with the criminal justice system due to the growing alliance between our systems of education and criminal justice. Beginning in the late 1990s, many urban school districts began to implement and enforce disciplinary policies, using a “zero tolerance” approach, that would use severe penalties, usually suspension and expulsion, for even minor violations of a school’s code of conduct. Around the same time, public school systems began incorporating a “universal carceral apparatus” into the schools by using metal detectors, surveillance cameras (e.g., in Chicago Public Schools video feeds go directly to the Chicago Police Department), embedded police officers with arrest authority, etc. to provide “safety and security.” However, it has become clear that strict zero-tolerance policies and a highly visible police presence do not contribute to learning environments, and many of these penalties are disproportionately punishing our most marginalized youth. As I argue in my book, Unequal City, not only are these contacts with police in the institutional setting of a school shaping young people’s perceptions about police and the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, they are also shaping their life trajectories. For some youth, particularly those who are the bottom of America’s racial/social strata, the contacts with police in school are simply the beginning of what are likely to be repeated contacts with the state and its representatives at deeper and deeper levels of severity.

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the specific practices of punishing students, particularly young people of color, in ways that put them in direct contact with jails and prisons. These practices include the overuse of suspensions and the inclusion of police officers in school, who can arrest students for school-based infractions.

Several reports have established the existence of the school-to-prison pipeline, including this report that analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and found that the pipeline starts as early as preschool.

One great resource if the ACLU’s guide on how it works. Similar resources include this Justice Policy report and UCLA’s Civil Rights Project. Here’s another one from the Advancement Project with helpful visuals.

The school to prison pipeline is a set of policies and practices in schools that push kids out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. It includes excessive use of detention and expulsion, and has law enforcement address student misbehavior that when I was growing up would have been handled by teachers and parents.

By bringing students into the criminal justice system, we also see the mirror effect of the criminal justice system coming into schools, which more and more resemble prisons rather than places of learning, with metal detectors, heavy surveillance, and other tools that make students feel like they are constantly being punished. The Sentencing Project and others have looked at the detrimental effects of these policies.

The “school to prison pipeline” refers collectively to practices that push students out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. Punitive practices like suspension, removal to an alternative school, and arrest are applied, too often for minor infractions like “disruption” or “defiance.”  When students experience these consequences, they miss out on educational time and it can be hard to catch up. Experiencing punitive discipline can also make students feel less attached to their school, a critical factor in school success and graduation. Often, punitive discipline takes the place of positive supports as a very short-term solution to behaviors that may result from a disability or from other physical or psychological stresses in a young person’s life. This can end up exacerbating challenging behaviors. Rather than working to keep young people educationally engaged, the school to prison pipeline pushes them out. It’s not very surprising then, that students who experience exclusionary discipline like suspensions are less likely to complete school and more likely to have future contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system. Sometimes, the criminal justice system end of the pipeline actually reaches into schools.  For example, some schools have police officers regularly patrolling the halls, and breaking a school rule can become a criminal violation.

Students of color and students with disabilities are more likely to be harmed by the school to prison pipeline.  There is a large body of research demonstrating disparities in school discipline.  The most recent data collection from the U.S. Department of Education found that, across the U.S., Black students were 3.8 times more likely to receive a suspension than were white students.  This included Black girls, who were 8% of students, but 14% of suspensions. American Indian or Alaska Native, Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and multiracial boys were also disproportionately suspended. Students with disabilities were more than twice as likely to be suspended.  One factor that contributes to the school to prison pipeline is implicit bias.  For example, one study found that Black students were more likely to be disciplined for less serious and subjective offenses (categories like “disrespect,” which depend upon personal perception) and that fewer disparities existed in categories of more serious and objectively defined offenses (something like alcohol possession).

'After an analysis of a random sample of hip hop songs released on platinum-selling albums between 2000 and 2010 [it was] concluded that the main law enforcement-related themes in hip-hop are not pleasure and pride in aggressive and criminal acts, but the unfairness of the criminal justice system and the powerlessness felt by those targeted by it. Lyrics about law enforcement...frequently portrayed cops as predators exercising an illegitimate power. Imprisonment, likewise, was blamed for weakening familial and community relationships and described a modern method of oppression.'



This year’s Economics Nobel Prize winner proved why prisons shouldn’t be privatized

Harvard economist Oliver Hart — one of two latest winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize for economics announced Monday — has known for a while that private prisons don’t work. In a 1996 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, he explained how privatization leads to overly-violent guards.

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