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  • Analyzing industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment.
  • Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case
  • Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case

“It is unconscionable that a giant corporation can conceal information about deadly safety defects for a decade, be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people as a result and escape any criminal liability based only on a corporate fine and a promise not to do wrong again in the future. It is equally unconscionable that none of the executives inside General Motors responsible for this disaster are going to be held criminally accountable, as now appears to be the case.” --Public Citizen’s Rob Weissman

Editor, Corporate Crime Reporter

toobig1.jpgSeptember 17th, 2015 | General Motors will pay $900 million, enter into a deferred prosecution agreement and accept a monitor for three years as part of a settlement of allegations that it failed to disclosed a faulty engine switch in GM automobiles that resulted in 124 deaths.

That’s according to the deferred prosecution agreement, and a lengthy statement of facts detailing GM’s criminal wrongdoing.

Corporate Crime Reporter is a legal print newsletter. 

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Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction

A review of Why Not Jail? ~  Rena Steinzor 

The Center for Progressive Reform

WhyNotJailCover.jpgThe U.S. Department of Justice is under fire for failing to prosecute banks that caused the 2008 economic meltdown because they are too big to jail. Prosecutors have long neglected to hold corporate executives accountable for chronic mistakes that kill and injure workers and customers. This book, the first of its kind, analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. From the Texas City refinery explosion to the Upper Big Branch mine collapse to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and extending to incidents of food and drug contamination that have killed or injured hundreds, the root causes of these preventable disasters include crimes of commission and omission. Although federal prosecutors have made a start on holding low-level managers liable, far more aggressive prosecution is appropriate as a matter of law, policy, and justice. In accessible and jargon-free language, CPR President Rena Steinzor recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels.

The Center for Progressive Reform is a nonprofit research and educational organization with a network of Member Scholars working to protect health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary. The organization's 50+ Member Scholars -- working academics at institutions of higher learning across the United States -- provide research, analysis and commentary on a range of issues related to the environment, health and safety.

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization

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  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

NationAction, the Nation

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ferguson_police_military_AP_img.jpgA member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, MO on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

August 12, 2015 | What can I do?

Sign the petition to join Stop Urban Shield, a coalition of anti-militarist and community organizations, in demanding that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors cancel their present contract with Urban Shield and decline all collaborations in the future. Urban Shield is a conference and exposition for police departments across the country and around the world featuring SWAT training, national and transnational police networking, and weaponry marketing. Companies from around the world use the conference to hawk the kind of military-grade equipment that shocked much of the country when it was used in Ferguson, Missouri. While this equipment is often sign-btn.pngsold to the public as a tool for high-stakes situations such as active shooters, we know that it is used for drug raids, to issue search warrants, and against peaceful protesters. Urban Shield is coordinated by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), a key program in the extreme militarization of police departments we’ve seen in Ferguson, Baltimore, and communities—particularly black communities—nationwide.

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Related:

Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools, Produced by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY); hosted by American Friends Service Committee.

  • A live online organizing workshop in three 1-hour parts
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

How about treating sex offenders like humans?

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  • Many Minnesotans wonder if, finally, it’s safe to dream that a loved one will be released from the embattled Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
  • Retribution and revenge do not promote public safety.
  • John Oliver Gives America The Medically Accurate Sex Education It Needs

Gail Rosenblum, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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ows_143956785965553.jpg?w=525Of nearly 700 clients, only three have been released from the 21-year-old Minnesota Sex Offender Program at Moose Lake. Richard Tsong-Taatarii Star Tribune File

August 15, 2015 | Dee knows that Gov. Mark Dayton can’t make time to see her son, who’s now in his 30s and has been housed since 2012 in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) at Moose Lake. So she sent the governor a photograph.

In it, her son wears a dark suit and light pink shirt. His full head of brown hair sweeps to the left with a slight curl. He wears a red tie and a jubilant smile.

Gail Rosenblum is a Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune columnist.

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John Oliver Gives America The Medically Accurate Sex Education It Needs, Caitlin Cruz, Talking Points Memo.

  • Sex education is only mandated in 22 states, with only 13 states requiring the curriculum to be medically accurate, according to Oliver's research.
  • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs

 

Prosecutor: UC officer 'purposefully killed' Samuel DuBose

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  • "I feel sorry for his family. I feel sorry for the community, too," (Hamilton County - Cincinnati - Prosecutor Joe)Deters said. "This should not happen. Ever."
  • 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality

Sharon Coolidge, Kevin Grasha and Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer

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635737795597411931-DuBosePresser2.jpgAudrey DuBose, Samuel DuBose's mother, is comforted by her daughter, Terina Allen, as other family address the media after Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters charged University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.  Cara Owsley

July 30, 2015 | A University of Cincinnati police officer went to jail on a murder charge Wednesday after his own body camera video showed him shooting an unarmed motorist in the head during a traffic stop.

Ray Tensing is the first officer in Cincinnati to face murder charges for killing someone in the line of duty.

The video proved to be crucial evidence to the grand jurors who indicted Tensing, and it stunned city officials, prosecutors and the relatives of shooting victim Samuel DuBose.

Sharon Coolidge, Kevin Grasha and Dan Horn: Reporters, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Related:

15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality, Zak Cheney-Rice, Mic.com

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How, besides protesting, can we actually make sure no more black people are killed, beaten or tortured by the police? And how can we promote justice and equity in law enforcement more generally? The Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem.

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