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Astigmatism Afflicts our Nations Racial Vision

This article was originally published at: Green Papers: Diverse Views from a Green Perspective.  It was written by one of the Party's more brilliant legal thinkers, Asa Gordon, who I am proud to count as a political ally.  Since retiring from a career as an engineer at NASA, Asa and his family have lived in Washington DC where he remains active with the DC Statehood-Green Party, and has led the Party's efforts to enforce the mal-apportionment penalty provided by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (see background here, here, here, here and elsewhere).  

 

With his usual clear thinking, Asa in the piece below poses for us the following:

But the most devastating example of a contemporary bias in the “human practice” of our courts, which is intuitive to blacks but oblivious to a consensus of whites, is our court’s devaluing of black political testimony embodied in the judicial tolerance for the “practical construction” of State Voter ID laws. Our court justices have valued testimony pleading for redress from potential electoral fraud to address the ungrounded fears of a white electorate admittedly unsupported by any data, while the court has devalued testimony grounded in incontestable facts that Voter ID laws have a real, not a potential, disparate impact on a non-white electorate. If our courts have exercised such clearly astigmatic racial judgment in adjudicating our most precious political right in a democracy, the exercise of the franchise, is there in any wonder that our courts racially astigmatized political judgment has metastasized throughout our judicial system.

 

Demand GBI Investigation and Grand Jury Indictment of DeKalb County Killer Cop

Tell them that Black Lives Matter!  Greens are urged to demand a GBI investigation into murder of Kevin Davis by killer cops.  Call the  DeKalb County Police Department at 678-406-7929, DeKalb County Sherrif Jeffrey L. Mann at 404-298-8145 and the  DeKalb County District  Attorney's office at 404-371-2561.

NYT Editorial Board Says End Mass Incarceration Now

Given time we repeatedly find that Green Values are Majoritarian Values, that Green Policies are embraced by a majority of this nation.  

By now we are used to the most rigorous of research from our movement being ignored by policy makers.  Community organizations calling out our nation's penal policies as genocidal are routinely ignored.  Legal scholars with a history of employment with the ACLU who label US criminal justice policies as a "New Jim Crow" are ignored.  Let us hope that the same conclusions reached by a US Department of Justice funded study by the National Academy of Sciences will not meet a similar fate.  Let us hope that when the editorial board of the nation's 'newspaper of record' writes: "The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social, and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough;" that policy makers will at long last sit up and take notice.  


End Mass Incarceration Now

By 

MAY 24, 2014

 
 

For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up vast numbers of its citizens. If there is any remaining disagreement about the destructiveness of this experiment, it mirrors the so-called debate over climate change.

In both cases, overwhelming evidence shows a crisis that threatens society as a whole. In both cases, those who study the problem have called for immediate correction.

US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert

US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert
 
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:2PM
Interview with Karima Al-Amin Video of this interview by PressTV
 
 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Karima Al-Amin, wife and lawyer of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, from Atlanta, to discuss his imprisonment at the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: For viewers who may not be familiar with your husband’s situation, can you just start and fill us in on his case and exactly what happened and why he’s in prison?

Al-Amin: It’s very difficult to start at this point without mentioning a little bit about his background. In 1967 he was elected the chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was elected May, 1967.

By August 1967, the program...was instituted and initiated by the FBI, which was a program to assassinate, to neutralize the whole of what was considered the Black Power movement, or the human rights movement fighting against oppression.

As a result of that, he was jailed for making speeches, jailed for violating traveling to make speeches. That is his background. That was during the Civil Rights movement.

While he was incarcerated in 1971, he took his shahada and became Muslim. When he came out, he immediately started a Muslim community in Atlanta, Georgia. We were one masjid at that time and now we are more than 60 in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Black Hole

In 2005, over 81,000 inmates were held in restricted housing. Solitary confinement is the practice of keeping prisoners in individual cells for most, if not all, hours of the day. Learn about the history of this practice, as well as its cost and the affect it has on the prisoners.

During the Zell Miller administration, the Governor sought and the Georgia Assembly appropriated funds to build three five-hundred cell facilities at existing prisons designed exclusively for solitary confinement. The Georgia-38 and many others are being held in solitary confinement by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Officers of the Georgia Green Party have received correspondence from inmates in solitary who report that some held there have been in solitary confinement for as long as nineteen years.

Multiple hunger strikes have recently been staged by inmates held in solitary across the country, including by inmates held under such conditions at the Georgia Diagnostic Center in Jackson Georgia, home to Georgia's Death Row.

Follow the link to view an info-graphic which will provide background on this important issue.