Thursday, March 22, 2012

LET'S TALK: juvenile prevention, forgiveness, justice, healing

ATTENTION: BILL, TERRI and others following the juvenile crime issues:

We've got apparently contradictory issues which may be related to our unique work here at the JOH:

1) The worrisome abuse and crimes of whites on blacks (including that of the young) which may be allowed to go unaddressed or without the perpetrators held accountable. There is at least one petition out addressing this at Care2 started by parents of one affected son...

2) Then there is the recent work to make it unlawful for juvenile offenders to be held indefinitely in prison (LWOP) and related items regarding the trend toward revenge and giving no forgiveness, hope and incentives. Bill and/or others "in the know" on this one may be able to fill us in soon after the DC hearing. (There are several items out on this via Washington Post and others.) ARE THERE ACTIONS/PETITIONS on the current bill in the House?

3) What about a discussion BOTH here at "The Journey of Hope Blog" and FB?
Bill, how was the event and what may be current for us to get out regarding both what you know TO DATE and some highlights of what you've experienced with Paula Cooper?

4) I want to also commend BOTH Bill and Debbie Kearns who on FB shared a very fluent, civil little conversation re. the apparently contradictory of our JOV stance -- that is -- to be patient, understanding, loving and forgiving to the VICTIM's FAMILY MEMBERS who may not easily, quickly or at all move from the horrific events of their suffering into a dedicated stance of forgiveness. SAME TIME: how might we best continue to effectively move onward towad a loving, forgiving position on the prevention of crimes/ the protection of society from people out of control as well as disallowing executions, LWOP for juveniles and the provision of a better justice system.

(plz forgive this quick writing -- yet even with little time for this -- these are crucial issues indeed & so time sensitive.


CN said... the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, please sign our petition asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Sanford Police Department's history of failing to prosecute violent crimes against African-Americans.The Department of Justice has announced that its Civil Rights Division, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will investigate Trayvon Martin's death. This is a positive step.

However, the Sanford Police Department has a history of failing to successfully prosecute crimes when the victim is African-American and the alleged assailant is not.

This happened not only in the case of Trayvon Martin, but also in 2005 and 2010. In both of those earlier cases, the white son of a Sanford police officer was involved.

In addition to the Department of Justice's investigation into Trayvon Martin's death, a simultaneous investigation of the Sanford Police Department itself needs to be undertaken. Even the city commissioners of Sanford, Florida have now voted that they have no confidence in the police chief.Please, sign our petition asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Sanford Police Department's pattern of failing to prosecute violent crimes against African-Americans.

Keep fighting, Meteor Blades, Daily Kos

CN said...

Hear a program recently on youth and prison as well as LWOP issues on National Public Radio NPR -- the archives will probably help.

CN said...

Here's another news update -- this time a death penalty study done in North Carolina...

Plz be sure to check our handy column to the right to stay abreast of DP News you may not otherwise see.

Also go to archives to check links including:

Bill's Diary Entries (incl. Angela's great work)

Charity's ELLA & other posts & updates re. campaign to raise funds for the San Antonio Journey in October!!!

Find links to the Journey FB wall & to reports on our last few Journeys (to Uganda, Alabama, Texas & other places) in the archives

Last but not all: Find posts on the NC Racial Justice Act debate; controversies of various topics, book & film reports; profiles of various JOH participants; international updates; state after state reports on the DP issues & debates...

Even while FB is going strong -- don't forget to make comments on this blog as well to KEEP us strong on ALL levels...

Thanx for coming by & for the work you're doing for justice & reconciliation!