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SOA Watch Convergence at the US/Mexico Border from October 7-10

We are excited to announce that the Puente Human Rights Movement, an amazing grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, is organizing the Convergence kick off vigil with us on Friday, October 7th.

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  17, 2016 | After discussions with Puente, we decided to start the convergence weekend with the vigil at the Eloy Detention Center at 5pm, and to include the welcome and opening into the program there, instead of having it in Nogales. The Eloy Detention Center is located about half-way between Phoenix and Tuscon. A separate opening event is going to take place on the Mexico side of Nogales, Sonora.
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Schedule of Events below and check the webpage for updates.

march on the US/Mexico border on Saturday morning at 8:30am, followed by the rally with music and speakers at the border wall will be the first convergence event that is going to take place on the U.S. side of Nogales.

We've set up a facebook community page for people to post rideshare informationFor travel considerations for Nogales, Arizona, which requires passing a Border Patrol checkpoint, or traveling to Tucson, Arizona, which is reasonably accessible to undocumented folks, please see the full Travel Considerations and Know Your Rights Resource page.

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Innocent? Don't talk to the police.

Don’t talk to the police—except to tell them, respectfully, that you will not answer any questions and that you would like a lawyer.

James Duane, Los Angeles (CA) Times Kash Register begins to cry after realizing he'll be freed after spending 34 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, in Los Angeles in Superior Court in Nov. 2013. (Los Angeles Times)

August 26, 2016 | Someday soon, when you least expect it, a police officer may receive mistaken information from a confused eyewitness or a liar, or circum­stantial evidence that helps persuade him that you might be guilty of a very serious crime. When confronted with police officers and other government agents who suddenly arrive with a bunch of questions, most innocent people mistakenly think to themselves, “Why not talk? I haven’t done anything. I have nothing to hide. What could pos­sibly go wrong?”


Well, among other things, you could end up confessing to a crime you didn’t commit. The problem of false confessions is not an urban legend. It is a documented fact. Indeed, research suggests that the innocent may be more susceptible than the culpable to deceptive police interrogation tactics, because they tragically assume that somehow “truth and justice will prevail” later even if they falsely admit their guilt. Nobody knows for sure how often innocent people make false confessions, but as Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski recently observed, “Innocent interrogation subjects confess with surprising frequency.”

James Duane is a professor at Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Va. This essay is adapted from his book “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent,” forthcoming from Little A in September.

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Book review |‘ Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ ~ Bryan Stevenson, Rob Warden, Washington (DC) Post

  • Criminal justice in America sometimes seems more criminal than just — replete with error, malfeasance, racism and cruel, if not unusual, punishment, coupled with stubborn resistance to reform and a failure to learn from even its most glaring mistakes. And nowhere, let us pray, are matters worse than in the hard Heart of Dixie, a.k.a. Alabama, the adopted stomping ground of Bryan Stevenson, champion of the damned.
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | Ebook PDF Free Download
  • Prison Without Punishment

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: Obama Is ‘Afraid’ Of The CIA And The NSA

McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

MintPress News Desk, Mint Press News

Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. 10, 2016 | A former CIA analyst believes the CIA and National Security Agency have become so powerful that the president is afraid to act against them when they break the law.

Ray McGovern retired from the CIA in 1990, following nearly 30 years of service to the agency. He was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal, which is given to agents who offer “especially commendable service” to the agency.

Outraged over the CIA’s open use of torture, he returned the medal in 2006 and became an antiwar activist. He was arrested in 2011 for a silent protest against a speech by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

MintPress News is an independent watchdog journalism organization that provides issue-based original reporting, in-depth investigations, and thoughtful analysis of the most pressing topics facing our nation.

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