Posts tagged call in
Posts tagged call in
I was wrongly tried, convicted and sentenced to death on false testimony and evidence produced at my trial, although the evidence clearly showed that I was justified in acting in complete self-defense. While I was convicted of shooting a Houston police officer, at the time there was no possible way I could have known he was a police officer for the simple fact he was undercover and never disclosed his authority to me.
The facts of the case are as follows: I was in possession of a stoien car. That morning I had gone to a hotel to see a friend and one the way back from the room I was approached by a man in a very aggressive way. (It was later brought out that the officer initiated the confrontation after he ran the license plate on the car and found out it was stolen). The facts remain that he approached me in plain ciothes with no badge in sight, he gave no verbal identification of him being a police officer (both being requirements by police department protocol), he was in a plain vehicle and was using racial slurs as he approached me.
Read More at this link [WARNING for more talk of racist prison industrial complex, description of racist assault by cop, n-word]
The Abolition Movement protests all executions outside the Death House in Huntsville. The protest starts at 5:00 PM. A car caravan leaves Houston around 3:30 PM. If anyone is interested in going to Huntsville, please call Gloria at 713-503-2633.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:00pm
the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied his recent request for a stay (link) — i can’t totally parse the PDF but it sure seems like the obvious biased state bullshit.
Governor’s contact info:
- Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
- Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
- Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
- Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
call 711 to reach Relay Texas
- Washington office: (202) 638-3927
fax numbers: Texas: (512) 463-1849 ; Washington: (202) 628-1943
Clemency Section of Texas Parole Board contact info:
some online free faxing places:
- http://www.gotfreefax.com (up to 2 a day for free)
- http://faxzero.com (allegedly up to 2 a day for free but one of those sometimes causes an error)
- http://www.myfax.com/free (up to 2 a day for free)
On April 22, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was arrested at her Polk County high school for conducting a science experiment. The teen, who has no criminal history and maintained good grades, suddenly found herself trapped in Florida’s insidious school to prison pipeline; which has continually funneled mostly youth of color out of Florida’s schools and into the criminal justice system.
According to a report by Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice, over 57% of the state’s 96,515 youth incarcerated in 2012 were Black and Brown. In Kiera’s home of Polk County, Sheriff Grady Judd has presided over a system in which youth have continually been cycled through county jails in which severe abuses have been alleged including the use of pepper spray and the holding of juveniles in cages.
During the 2013 Florida Legislative Session, Dream Defenders worked with allies in the Florida Campaign for Juvenile Justice to reform Florida’s broken juvenile justice system. Despite repeated community visits to the state capital, briefings and press conferences by advocates and sponsoring legislators, the 2013 Legislative session closed with no action on critical bills such as SB 1374/HB 1039 which would have reformed Florida’s Zero Tolerance law at play in this case.
While Kiera navigates the legal ramifications of her unjust case Polk County Superintendent John Stewart has made the decision to place Kiera in an “alternative school” as he considers expulsion proceedings. Dream Defenders find these actions by Superintendent Stewart reprehensible. Dream Defenders demands that Stewart drop all expulsion proceedings against Kiera Wilmot and allow her to return to her enrollment at Bartow High School.
Dream Defenders calls upon all local, state and national allies to TAKE ACTION to ensure Kiera does not become another casualty of the school to prison pipeline.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Sign the petition to get Kiera back in school
- Spread these images by tweeting them, reblogging them and posting them on instagram.
- Contact Polk County Superintendent John Stewart by calling: (863) 534-0521
My name is _____________ and I am calling to express my concern about the expulsion proceedings against Kiera Wilmot. Florida has been among the national leaders in furthering a school to prison pipeline; with zero tolerance policies being used to lock up, expel and divert youth from their right to an education. Ms. Wilmot’s case is another example of the state and your office criminalizing and derailing the future of a girl of color. Your handling of her case has been irresponsible and reprehensible. Ms. Wilmot’s actions and intent simply do not warrant expulsion or placement in alternative schooling. I am calling on you to immediately drop all expulsion proceedings against Kiera Wilmot and allow her to return to her regular enrollment at Bartow High School.
In order to make an impact in this case we will need the support of thousands.
Please share this message with family and friends. Let’s ensure there is
Trans Women in San Diego Prison Stage Hunger Strike
Filed By Tobi Hill-Meyer
Two trans women incarcerated in the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County have been on hunger strike for over a week in an attempt to be allowed to share a cell together. Because they are trans, prison officials refuse to take them off single-cell status. Presumably, they have both been restricted to being in single cells to prevent them from having to share a cell with a man, however, it’s clear that this is not for their own protection when there are two of them and they want to share a cell together.
According to a statement released yesterday, the hunger strike began on Friday September 21st and they are asking their supporters to call in and help:
Call Warden Paramo the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility: (619) 661-6500
Demand that Eva Contreraz (C-45857) and Catarine LaPre (K-67313) be take off single-cell status and be allowed to share a cell. Demand that an end to the discriminatory housing policy against trans women in the correctional facility.
Isolation has commonly been a discriminatory practice prison’s have used against trans prisoners, and many confine trans prisoners to solitary confinement in order to avoid having to place them with either men or women. Often, such solitary confinement ends up being over extended periods of time or even throughout the duration of incarceration, despite many indications that extended solitary confinement can cause lasting psychological damage and may be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Being restricted to a single cell appears to be a different practice than solitary confinement. Nonetheless, it is a discriminatory practice where trans prisoners are subjected to additional punishment that other prisoners do not have to deal with.
Earlier this year the Prison Rape Elimination Act regulations put out by the Obama administration acknowledged the increased risk trans prisoners are at and put in place regulations to deal with the problem. Enforcing isolation for all trans prisoners against their will is not a recommended practice for reducing violence.
Update: The original posting did not include mention that both women are a part of a trans self-defense prison organization, Gender Anarky. It has been suggested that their affiliation with this political party may be part of the reason for this mistreatment. This hunger strike is both about the immediate issue of discriminatory treatment and to protest prisons in general. For more information about Gender Anarky you can visit their webpage.