By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
At the end of last week the Justice Department revealed it intends to release 3,100 inmates from federal prisons nationwide. Most of the people are being released for good behavior and were non-violent drug offenders, but some of the people being released also served time for weapons charges, robbery, sex offenses, and national security-related crimes.
This move is part of Trump’s administration implementation of the “First Step Act”, which is part of a criminal justice reform bill, that President Donald Trump signed into law in December of 2018.
According to The Boston Globe:
The First Step Act is one of the signature pieces of legislation passed during the Trump administration with bipartisan support. It shortens sentences for some inmates — partly through a change in the credit they are given for good behavior — and increases job training and other programs. It also requires the new risk assessment system, which officials said Friday will allow inmates to complete in-prison programs and, for some, receive ‘‘earned time’’ credits to get out earlier.
Reportedly, the Trump administration will redirect $75 million in fiscal spending for 2019 to help fund the First Step Act and its programs.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
In a room at City Hall with extra security and full of social justice activists looking on, Ed Lee the mayor of San Francisco listened to a barrage of questions from the city’s board of supervisors, who were demanding new police reforms.
This comes after a study by the district attorney’s Blue Ribbon Panel, revealed major racial bias by SF police and lack of oversight within the department.
“The community is in pain. Protesters are demanding the removal of the chief,” Board President London Breed said to the mayor. “How do we bring The City together?”
As a result of the outcry for police reform in the city, due to incidents of police violence and brutality , including the shooting of unarmed Alex Nieto, a case that went on trial a couple months ago.
Ed Lee claimed he would would allocate over 17 million dollars to police reforms and violence prevention in his new two-year budget, which he is scheduled to submit to the board of supervisors by the first of June, for review.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MARCH IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR
THE FIRING OF SAN FRANCISCO POLICE CHIEF GREG SUHR.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
Angela Yvone Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Angela’s family lived in an area nicknamed “Dynamite Hill”, it was an a neighborhood where domestic white supremacist terrorist attacks against the rising black middle-class, who fought against segregation were frequent and more often than not, ignored by local law enforcement . In an article published on npr.org, on July 6, 2013, Birmingham historian Horace Huntley states:
“There were 40 plus bombings that took place in Birmingham between the late 40’s and mid 60’s, forty-some unsolved bombings.”
As a child, Davis would attend Carrie A. Tuggle elementary school, a school that was racially segregated. By her junior year in high school, Davis applied and was accepted into the American Friends Service Committee Program, a program that took black students from the segregated south and placed them in schools in the integrated north. Davis decided to attend Elisabeth Irwin high school in the Greenwich Village.
After high school, Davis would be awarded a scholarship to Brandeis University, in Massachusetts, where she was only one of three black freshman. After she graduated Brandeis University, she would attend the University of Frankfurt (in Frankfurt, Germany ) for graduate work in philosophy.
After returning to the United States to be a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Davis would earn a reputation on campus as being a civil rights activists and radical feminists. Davis was also a member of the Communist Party USA and was an associate of the Black Panther Party.
In 1969, then-Governor of California, Ronald Reagan would put pressure on the Board of Regents at the University of California to fire Davis because of her communist party ties.
In 1970 Davis was charged, but later acquitted of Federal charges of conspiracy, when armed-men took over a Marin County, California courtroom, which resulted in four people being killed, when alleged associates of hers , used weapons she bought earlier, to commit the hostile the takeover.
After her acquittal, Davis would visit Cuba, where she received a warm reception from the Afro-Cuban population, Davis reportedly said she believed Cuba to be racism free.
In July, 1979, Davis would visit Moscow, Soviet Union and would be presented the Lenin Peace Prize, from the communist government.
In recent years Davis has written several books, co-founded Critical resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement to abolish the prison industrial complex and has lectured at many top Universities, including San Francisco State University, Stanford University, Brown University, Rutgers University and many other Universities.
A 2014 INTERVIEW WITH ANGELA DAVIS ON DEMOCRACY NOW , SPEAKING ABOUT PRISON ABOLITION, THE WAR ON DRUGS AND WHY SOCIAL MOVEMENTS SHOULDN’T WAIT FOR OBAMA:
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