It is not censorship when a company chooses not to endorse or distribute your messages....people are not compelled to support or endorse your speech on or using property they own
It is fair to ask why we have decided to make corporately owned platforms, in essence, the 'public square,' but that does not change the fact that these are corporately owned platforms....Twitter has every right (it is in the TIS) to comment or ban me (or anyone else)
If you went to Starbucks, and they had a bulletin board people were invited to use, and you chose to post a racist is not first-amendment protected censorship for Starbucks to take it down...if you put up a lie, they can contest what you said
I also suspect it pisses people off mostly because they know what they are posting is nonsense, and are angry they are not being allowed to uncritically post propaganda (when they had been using exactly that method to expand their own reach)
While publishers have different protections, if a publisher chooses not to publish your letter to the editor, or to editorially comment, to do so is not in violation of your first amendment rights
Section 230 mostly has little to do with any of this, and the people pushing repeal know it. What Section 230 does is protect platform companies from being sued for what YOU post on their platform....removing those protections would result in MORE not less suppression of speech

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19 Dec

I am not sure who needs to hear this....but economic expectations for people coming back from incarceration are INSANE

1. When I got out, I had $10,000 in court costs, fines & fees, charges per day from when I was in jail awaiting transfer to prison etc.
2. In addition, when I was incarcerated, the State of Michigan found out I had money in a bank account and took it as part of paying the price of my incarceration (well over $1,000)
3. After I was released, I was forced to wear an electronic monitor for nearly two years....I am still paying the cost of that was over $6,000
Read 20 tweets
18 Dec

A huge thank you to everyone in the Michigan Legislature....all 20 bills created out of Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration have now passed and are headed to @GovWhitmer for her signature

An amazing accomplishment #mileg

As a result of this work...

People will not be incarcerated because of drivers license suspensions unrelated to dangerous driving, this is one of the largest drivers of incarceration in Michigan

Officers will be able to give citations in lieu of arrest in many of not most misdemeanor situations....something I testified about in front of the task force myself.

Many jail mandatory minimums were eliminated
Read 13 tweets
17 Dec

The WSJ story on Dr. Jill Biden was a troll (trolling for clicks)

The National Review story on Dr. Jill Biden is a troll

They say something offensive and outrageous to get attention, retweets, and to attain virality, it is literally the business model
When you give the story oxygen, when you make it a thing, when you actually retweet the are helping them make money and gain attention.

They do this on purpose
This also explains why all media - right and left - in a sense - work together....Right wing media says something we find offensive - left wing media goes crazy...left wing media says something the right finds offensive....right wing media goes crazy

It is co-productive
Read 6 tweets
16 Dec
Michigan's legislature just passed a registry bill which over 100 experts and directly impacted people testified against (1 pro).

There is NO evidence this bill will make Michigan safer, the Michigan AG opposed it, and there is a LOT of evidence it will make us less safe #mileg
Why did Michigan's legislature respond to a court decision finding that Michigan's SORA was unconstitutional by actually making SORA worse??

You would have to ask them, but what they did was not evidence-based reform #mileg
Even worse, all the people who voted for this idiotic bill inevitably say it is to "keep Michiganders safe"

Whenever I ask any of them to share any evidence registries keep Michigan (or any state safe)...


But they sure will say it over and over again
Read 7 tweets
2 Nov
Do you know someone who has been incarcerated who has come back and done something great?

I know people who have raised money for amazing causes, run for office, started organizations that provide necessary services EVERY DAY

Share a story of hope and success
Way too often, all we here is stories of failure...

I know formerly incarcerated CEO's, visionaries, burgeoning real estate moguls, and employees

Share a story of hope and success
My friend @TarraSimmons5 is running for election in #Washington, my friend @Richard_Bronson is starting his second business @CommissaryClub, @ShakaSenghor is a best selling author and entrepreneur

Share a story of hope and success
Read 24 tweets
31 Oct
If you care about public safety...

If people cannot return from incarceration and find housing and employment....If they cannot connect with their community and families....

What exactly do you expect they will do?

The ability to return connected is a public safety imperative
Why do we consider to expect people to embrace a society that shuns them, that often relegates them to homelessness and unemployment, that often doesn't allow them a voice in their own government, and that makes connection nearly impossible

NIMBY is counterproductive
In Oklahoma right now, law enforcement is running a scare tactics campaign to scare voters into refusing SQ 805

The question is NOT if there will be recidivism, there is recidivism now...the question SHOULD BE will there be more recidivism BEFORE or AFTER reform is passed.
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