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152 Years Ago Today, Frederick Douglass Delivered an Historic Speech on the Meaning of the 4th of July

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

152 Years Ago Today, Frederick Douglass Delivered an Historic Speech on the Meaning of the 4th of July.

“…I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn…”

Please Send SB 190 Letter of Support by Tomorrow 6/15/17 – End Billing of Families for the Time their Child is in the System

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) is the last day to get a SB 190 support letter in before next Tuesday’s Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.  Please e-mail in an organizational letter by tomorrow at 5pm.  

E-mail us a copy of your letter at action@youth4justice.org so we can also make sure they are registered for the hearing next week.  

Sample letter:   
   

EVEN IF YOU ALREADY SENT A LETTER – WE NEED ANOTHER ONE

Below is a sample support letter for SB 190. To send a letter of support, copy the sample letter directly onto your organizational letterhead or use it as a model to create your own letter. Be sure to include the date, add a description of your organization and include a signature, name and title at the bottom.

Please e-mail a PDF file of your signed letter to action@youth4justice.org so we can make sure it gets in.  Please send us your letter to us byThursday, June 15th by 5pm

SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER SB 190 (MITCHELL, LARA)

Date

Honorable Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
Chair, Public Safety Committee
California State Assembly
Capitol Office, Room 2117
Sacramento, CA  95814

 

RE: Support for SB 190 (Mitchell, Lara) – Ending

LOS ANGELES: VOTE NO ON CHARTER AMENDMENT C TOMORROW, TUESDAY MAY 16!

Monday, May 15th, 2017
LOS ANGELES: VOTE NO ON CHARTER AMENDMENT C TOMORROW, TUESDAY MAY 16!!
 
Charter Amendment C – if passed – will change the Los Angeles City Charter to allow LAPD officers who the Chief has found to have engaged in misconduct – including corruption, excessive use of force, sexual harassment or assault, etc. – the opportunity to have their case reviewed by a three-member civilian review panel instead of the current Police Board of Rights that includes two LAPD commanders and one civilian.
 
This might sound good, but history show us something very different:
 
1. The so-called “civilians” are appointed by the LA Police Commission and are required to have at least seven years experience in arbitration, mediation or administrrative hearings. Most are judges or attorneys, and few – if any – come from the communities most impacted by harsh policing and police violence, let alone have themselves been treated badly by law enforcement.
 
2. Years of hearings with the current structure of two commanders and one “civilian” have shown that the civiilians hand down lighter discipline than LAPD commanders. That’s why the police union is pushing that officers be able to choose panels that are 100% “civilian” to review their