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Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

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  • Family and community were shaken, but not surprised, by Thursday’s announcement. They are responding with action.
  • Related: Jamar Clark case - Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Jess Sundin, Fight Back! News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pavel%20Constantin%20%7C%20Corrupted%20Justice.jpgJune 3, 2016 | Anger at the police killing of Jamar Clark will fuel more protests, as demands for justice are renewed by the June 2 announcement that there will be no federal charges against the police who killed him last November. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger announced the results of a federal investigation in this case, speaking for 20 minutes at a closed-door press conference at the FBI headquarters in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.

He and Minneapolis FBI director Richard Thornton claimed that hundreds of hours of investigation failed to produce evidence that the killing of the unarmed African American 24-yea- old man was unlawful. This press conference, much like that of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s at the end of March, was dedicated to all the ways a defense attorney could work to exonerate the police who killed Clark 61 seconds after arriving on the scene.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
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Nothing About the 1994 Crime Bill Was Unintentional

  • In the ’90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.
  • The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest showing up at feel-good candidate events.
  • Related: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

Bruce Shapiro, the Nation

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April 11, 2016 |  “I know those young people were just trying to get good television,” said Hillary Clinton’s husband as he reflected on his earlier decision to go horns-first after Black Lives Matter protesters. Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush had said those words after being confronted by angry Iraq War veterans. Instead, the ex-president is Bill Clinton, and the protesters were young African Americans whose parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors still endure the consequences of his 1994 Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act.

The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest continually showing up at feel-good candidate events. Twenty-two years ago, William Jefferson Clinton instigated the bill; Hillary Clinton lobbied for it; Bernie Sanders, then in the House, voted for it, reluctantly, after denouncing its core provisions. In recent months, both Clintons have stepped away from the crime bill’s legacy, allowing that, in the former president’s words, “too many laws were overly broad instead of appropriately tailored.” Candidate Hillary now declares that “the era of mass incarceration must end,” without quite saying who inaugurated it. But with 2.3 million Americans in behind bars and policing abuses a national scandal, the crime bill just keeps coming back.

Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to the Nation <http://www.thenation.com>, is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.

Federal Court Affirms Constitutional Rights of Kids in Landmark Climate Case

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  • Federal Court Affirms Constitutional Rights of Kids and Denies Motions of Government and Fossil Fuel Industry in youths' landmark climate change case.
  • Victory in landmark climate case!

Our Children's Trust

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April 8, 2016 | U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young Plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry.

The Court’s ruling is a major victory for the 21 youth Plaintiffs, ages 8-19, from across the U.S. in what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” These plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging, and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production, and combustion of fossil fuels.

Our Children's Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for the benefit of all present and future generations. Through our programs, youth participate in advocacy, public education and civic engagement to ensure the viability of all natural systems in accordance with science.

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Up to half of people killed by US police are disabled

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  • In the US and the UK, police brutality towards citizens with disabilities, in particular, those with mental difficulties, is a shameful reality. Yet the facts go unreported. Media organisations must change this.
  • Related: 'We go rotten': man granted clemency describes life in the US prison system

Mary O'Hara, Guardian

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 | Not only are the total numbers of police-involved deaths in the US appalling – 1,134 in 2015 alone – the final tally for the year highlighted once again the shockingly disproportionate number of African Americans affected, as was exposed by a Guardian investigation, The Counted. Young black men aged between 15 and 34 accounted for 15% of all deaths logged (five times higher than for their white counterparts), despite being just 2% of the population.

There is another, much less well-documented feature of police brutality and violence: the prevalence of disabled people and, in particular, those with mental difficulties, who are victims.

Mary O'HaraGuardian journalist and Fullbright scholar

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Norman Brown served 24 years of a life sentence for distributing cocaine, until his became one of 248 Obama has commuted during his presidency.

The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

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'We go rotten': man granted clemency describes life in the US prison system

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  • Norman Brown served 24 years of a life sentence for distributing cocaine, until his became one of 248 Obama has commuted during his presidency.
  • The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

David Smith, the Guardian

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Thu, 31 March, 2016 | In 1993 Norman Brown was told he would die behind bars. He was among 17 people found guilty of distributing crack cocaine after an FBI sting that involved tapping drug dealers’ phones. Due to a previous minor offence with two criminal counts, he was sentenced to life without parole. Even the judge said the punishment was too harsh but his hands were tied by mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Then, last July, Brown walked free after being granted clemency by Barack Obama. And on Wednesday, the US president commuted the sentences of a further 61 drug offenders. In all he has now commuted 248 sentences, more than the previous six presidents combined. “It does not make sense for a non-violent drug offender to be getting 20 years, 30 years, in some cases life in prison,” Obama said at a lunch with Brown and some of the other former inmates. “That’s not serving anybody. That’s not serving taxpayers. It’s not serving public safety. And it’s damaging families.”

David Smith is the Guardian's Washington correspondent.

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The nation’s criminal justice system is broken, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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