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The size of a person's bank account shouldn't determine whether or not they're put in a cage.

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The time to #EndMoneyBail is now! Take two minutes to write your reps & tell them to pass the Pretrial Fairness Act!

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A majority of people incarcerated pretrial in Illinois are in jail only because of the size of their bank accounts.

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14 Jan
Death penalty isn't only way the state kills. Meet Jon Lancaster. Father. Grandfather. Suffered severe mental illness. Yet still caged in solitary. Covered in urine. Feces. Shot w/ pepper balls & pepper spray. Restrained for days. They let him “slowly die in plain sight." More: Image
Danielle Dunn, Jonathan’s sister, called repeatedly to request medical treatment for Jonathan. She called the morning of his death to inquire again & request medical treatment. She was told he was fine. Within a few hours, she received the call from an officer that he had died. Image
Jon was locked up for 7 years. For “robbery” for stealing $150 from a 7/11. Took only 2 months from the time Jon was sent to solitary for him to die. January 2019: Transferred to a punitive facility in far northern Michigan. Alger Correctional. Dead by March. Jon & his family: Image
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I always argue against calls for new harsh laws to punish even for those we despise--white, privileged, racist fascists among them. Because people who will be most affected by greater harshness are rarely if ever white, privileged, racist fascists. More:
Public defenders across the country see how the vast array of criminal laws, procedures, & practices that already exist-unique in their harshness & scope around the globe-play out in real life. Oppression, mass caging, prosecution, surveillance, policing of Black & Brown people.
So many laws get passed either in the wake of outlier high profile crimes or using outlier high profile crimes as justification. Nearly without exception these laws predominately affect non-outliers. Devastate Black and Brown communities. Undermine faith and trust in the system.
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“Giving prosecutors more authority & leverage to punish those who are despised—white racist fascists, for example—will inevitably result in more poor nonwhite people being prosecuted.” White crime often leads to harsher punishment for Black & Brown people.themarshallproject.org/2021/01/14/whi…
"Even hate crime legislation specifically intended to help prosecute crimes motivated by white supremacy & other forms of bigotry, can have a disparate negative impact on minority groups. In 2019 Black people (roughly 13% of population) were accused of nearly 24% of hate crimes."
"Half-century ago, the Mafia was seen as a pervasive, violent threat. Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act or RICO the most sweeping federal criminal law ever enacted. At the time, lawmakers weren’t talking about going after Black groups." Well?
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12 Jan
🚨🚨HAPPENING RIGHT NOW: Hope in Illinois. Within a day (possibly hour), lawmakers vote on a law to overhaul the entire pretrial justice system. Reducing jail populations. Keeping families together. Take 2 minutes to sign this letter. Help us make history:bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
Thinking about Cassandra. Called a Chicago jail 132 times to try to save her husband from COVID. She was ignored. No mask. Soap. Crowded. He died. Now 1000+ more jailed. She’s fighting for the pretrial fairness act so no one else goes through it. Her words:
Thinking about Flo. Caged for two months because he couldn’t afford $7500. Worried about his family & the horrific conditions on the inside. “I think everyone should have a fair shot to fight their cases.” Sign your support here: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
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8 Jan
“Pentagon prohibited D.C from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting w/ protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment w/ local law enforcement or using Guard surveillance & air assets w/o the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off.”washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
“Guard units arrived roughly 2.5 hours after the chief of the Capitol Police made the emergency request, even though a Quick Reaction Force had been put on standby outside the city limits.”
“The Defense Department was able to restrict the D.C. Guard because the military force answers to the president rather than the mayor, as the District is not a state.” Another reason for D.C Statehood.
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Watch this video. Knee on neck. Just days ago in NYC. Just like what happened to George Floyd. Lucky he didn’t die. His public defender at Legal Aid Society now calling on @QueensDAKatz to dismiss charges & NYPD to terminate cops. Full powerful statement:
Sircarlyle Arnold's defender Olayemi Olurin (@msolurin): "This video is merely a microcosm of the racist policing that Black & Latinx New Yorkers suffer on a regular basis. These officers' first impulse was to employ an illegal, life-threatening, knee-on-neck hold on Mr. Arnold." ImageImage
"Not only should the case against Mr. Arnold be immediately dismissed in the interest of justice, but NYPD must expeditiously terminate the officers involved, & DA Katz--upholding her promise to hold accountable officers who commit serious acts of misconduct--must bring charges."
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