FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING In 1970, a group of Native Americans attending a Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth walked out in protest. The Indians and their supporters gathered on a hill overlooking Plymouth Rock near a statue of Massasoit, the Wampanoag leader who had greeted the Mayflower passengers 350 years earlier. The protesters spoke about their long struggle to preserve their land and culture. The fourth Thursday in November was not a day for thanksgiving and feasting, they declared, but for grieving and fasting. As most Americans continued to observe the holiday in what had become the customary way — with football, parades, and family gatherings — the native people of Massachusetts began a new tradition: a "National Day of Mourning," held in lieu of Thanksgiving celebrations.
The traditional Thanksgiving story evokes, and is usually taught as, a benign and mutually beneficial relationship between the Pilgrims and their Indian contacts. Many Native Americans believe this happy fiction hides the truth of how they were dispossessed of their lands, their religion, and their traditional way of life when the English colonists came to Massachusetts.
Similarly, todays narrative of "thugs" attacking the police has proven to be a complete fiction. Unarmed children are being murdered and video surfaces later confirming the "thug", the victim was following every order given by the officer, before being murdered in cold blood. Source:http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=340
The Center for Prison Reform for Nonviolent Offenders (CPR) works at all levels to promote positive reform:
RAND research has considered the quality of health care provided in California's prisons, has analyzed the impact of correctional education on employment outcomes for prisoners, and is evaluating the world's first Social Impact Bond funding model for prison services.
PRISON and ASYLUM REFORM The men and women who led the reform movement wanted to expand the nation's ideals of liberty and equality to all Americans. They believed the nation should live up to the noble goals stated in the DOI and the Constitution.
The Prison Policy Initiative is at the forefront of the movement for criminal justice reform.
LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: Current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.
Fully Informed Jury Association - Their mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers, and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. Jurors must know that they have the option and the responsibility to render a verdict based on their conscience and on their sense of justice as well as on the merits of the law.
Cop Block - Film the police. Record the truth.
The Innocence Project - They work to exonerate the wrongfully convicted through post conviction DNA testing; and develop and implement reforms to prevent wrongful convictions. This Project only handles cases where post conviction DNA testing can yield conclusive proof of innocence.
Should We Trust Police Officers?
Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected. Related article: 46,000+ American citizens are currently serving time for crimes that they did not commit
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The Coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which documents cases of killings by law enforcement nationwide. The second edition of the Stolen Lives book documents over 2000 cases in the 1990s alone. Volunteers are needed to help with the research and editing of cases since then. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
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October 22-A National Day of Mourning
By Christopher R Rice
On October 22nd, we are all Americans, we stand as one people, one nation, without color, creed or division. We are one, we are America.
OCT. 22ND A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND CALM
This is a call for a day of prayer and calm. To mourn the dead. This is a non-violent protest. A day of remembrance, not a day for violence. For locations click HERE
1.) To participate we call on everyone everywhere to wear black to mourn the dead.
2.) Do not go to work, or to school or to church, as remembrance of the dead.
3.) No shopping. Do not spend one dime on October 22nd. No buses, no trains and no planes for one day to show our solidarity with those who have been murdered.
You can use this URL: http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/national-day-of-protest-against-police-brutality.html We must become our own media. There will be absolutely no main stream media attention given to this strike before it happens. Promote October 22nd. Become your own media: Use text messages to send the link, email to online contacts, post to your social media accounts, get the word out.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/O22NationalDayofProtest
On October 22nd, protest peacefully and lawfully. Find out the laws in your city/state and protest lawfully and legally.
Police killing innocent, unarmed citizens is an everyday occurrence. ON OCTOBER 22 SAY NO MORE!!
Our children face racial profiling, police harassment, police beatings, false arrest, and worse for nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you are disgusted, you need to act now.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
1.) Study: Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested by age 23
2.) 46,000+ American citizens are currently serving time for crimes that they did not commit according to the Innocence Project
3.) Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country
4.) Police brutality and the use of excessive force, including police beatings, unjustified shootings and the use of dangerous restraint techniques to subdue suspects are as American as apple pie. Nothing is being done to monitor or check persistent abusers, or to ensure that police tactics in certain common situations minimize the risk of unnecessary force and injury.
5.) 80,000 people are subjected to solitary confinement in US prisons, held in conditions that amount to torture.
6.) Five million are being treated like second-class citizens because they used to be in prison. People like Lynne Stewart, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and many others have had the system’s repressive apparatus unleashed on them for standing up to the injustice being done to people and exposing the system’s crimes.
7.) California (and many other states) budgets $1 billion more to prisons than higher education and leaves students hanging
8.) END SLAVERY type conditions in US prisons. America’s prisons constitute a multi-billion dollar industry. UNICOR, also known as the Federal Prison Industries, reported net sales from inmate-made products and services of $472 million in 2015, and this is only for federal institutions. Federal and state prisons combined are estimated to produce at least $2 billion in goods and services.
Inmates perform essential jobs like running recycling plants in Wisconsin, to fighting fires in California and Georgia. They also participate in a modern-day version of convict leasing, making uniforms for McDonald’s, running call centers for AT&T and even preparing artisanal cheeses sold at Whole Foods.
Although some states allow prisoners to get paid for their labor, the pay is often less than a dollar per hour, and sometimes absolutely nothing.
The question is: Are we going to stand up and loudly say NO MORE to these horrors, or will they be allowed to continue?
What can you say about a system that perpetrates this kind of injustice?
We must say in a loud voice: NO MORE police murder, NO MORE government repression, NO MORE to mass incarceration and all its consequences, and NO MORE to criminalizing the youth.
High school students and teachers need to mobilize their schools on O22!
College students and faculty members need to mobilize their campuses to act on O22!
Religious leaders need to address this injustice in their sermons, and lead their congregations to take to the streets on O22!
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO ACT ON OCTOBER 22!
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!