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June 2018 Newsletter
Hello All! You’ll notice a theme emerging this month. In between a bookend of two items focused on white people issues, there is a serious look at connected justice reform issues we should all be aware of (and taking part in), however we can. I hope you’ll take a look at each of them!
 
If you were interested in the Everyday Feminism webinar, but you couldn’t make the time, you’re still able to get on-demand access to the recorded video of So You Have White Guilt. Now What? I’d also like to alert you to a recent blog post that was submitted to my Witnessing Whiteness blog by guest blogger Cassie Steel titled, White Guilt and Spiritual Healing.
 
But the FIRST STEP Act faces an uphill battle. Criminal justice reform advocates say any meaningful bill must include sentencing reform, and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agree…And reform maybe should look like LA Jail Reform. If you reside in LA County, please be sure you’ve signed the petition.

This is an extremely powerful 5 minute video that reveals the inhumanity of our money bail system and how it fuels mass incarceration. I thought I knew how this worked, but I didn’t. This is an important tool to educate others who also think they know, but really don’t. --- “Bail is the punishment whether or not you are guilt of a crime.”

The previous link explained how DA’s set out-of-reach bail amounts, which pressure people of color to take plea deals. So, how about electing different DA’s with progressive ideals? Sign up to be part of the movement at Real Justice PAC. “The objective of Real Justice PAC is to win races with a bottoms up approach and a triple bottom line.”
This is not just one small group working in isolation. It’s a movement. Check out the recent LA Times story:
“In most district attorney elections, the campaign playbook is clear: Win over the local cops and talk tough on crime. But in California this year, the strategy is being turned on its head. Wealthy donors are spending millions of dollars to back would-be prosecutors who want to reduce incarceration, crack down on police misconduct and revamp a bail system they contend unfairly imprisons poor people before trial.”
And speaking of things I didn’t know before last week…Thanks go to Samantha Bee for making me aware that ICE wasn’t even around before 2003. She’s calling for an abolition of ICE, and this 7-minute segment makes it clear how much sense that makes. Born out of a reaction to 9-11 and under the Department of Homeland Security, ICE sees immigrants as fundamentally dangerous. Inhumane in its approach and only 15 years old, I think we can do without it.
And after all these links about what happens to people of color once they’re caught up in our criminal justice system, how about taking a look at how often people get targeted when it’s totally undeserved. What can be done? This article suggests that there ought to be a cost to white people who call 911 on black folks for going about their daily lives.
As it turns out, a lot. Read Elizabeth Denevi’s recent blog post on the conversation’s she’s having in her monthly white affinity group meetings with elementary school-aged children. Short and sweet, this post will convince you that age 9 isn’t too young for schools to start these programs.
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