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The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

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One World The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

In Ferguson, Missouri the town that was rocked with protests over police On Saturday, August 9, 2014, when an unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer many in the community around the country where not surprised to hear of multiple stories of police abuse that had taken place. While the Justice Department has launched a broad investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Mike Brown, many African-American residents still feel that the situation is hopeless and are still very frustrated.  In order to effect change we (residents) must strive to repair the harm caused by crime to individual victims and communities, the focus must be two-sided, that means prevention of Police Brutality as well as prevention of a culture that chronic criminal offenders are punished on all sides is much needed.

 

In an a recent interview with CBS "Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change
In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change

In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change,” Govan shared his vision for Ferguson, saying he thinks one way to improve things is for the town to hire more African-American police officers. But Govan told CBS’ Jane Pauley there’s a reason you don’t see many minorities on the police force.

 Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense,” Govan said.

 

While, many would dismiss the point of view of an 11 year old, Marquis Govan does make an effective augment. To fight police abuse effectively, communities must have realistic expectations. You must not expect too much of any one remedy because no single remedy will cure the problem. A “mix” of reforms is required. And even after citizen action has won reforms, your community must keep the pressure on through monitoring and oversight to ensure that the reforms are actually implemented.

Nonetheless, even one person, or a small group of persistent people, can make a big difference. Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them.

 

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CONTROL-Starts with You!

Most people (residents) don’t get it! -The community is the nexus of community justice; therefore, each individual community must began to understand that community is the preferred source of problem solving and citizens work to prevent victimization, provide conflict resolution and maintain peace. The community, including individual victims and offenders, must become the ultimate partner of the justice system for every residents safety and well-being. Here are some basic suggestions;

(The goals listed are suggestions that will ultimately provide a safe environment for all if your community or it’s officials are in any way in opposition to any goal that will promote betterment. Fight for it! Period!)

CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS

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Control of Police Shootings

Oversight of Police Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity for Police Force. and City Offices

Certification and Licensing of Police Officers

Accreditation of Your Police Department

 

ORGANIZING STRATEGIES— For Communities

Build Coalitions

Monitor the Police (Keep a Database)co

Use Open Records Laws

Educate the Public

Use the Political Process to Win Reforms (bad Judges, and Prosecutors must go!)

Lobby For State Legislation

 

 

Restorative and Community Justice Forums

Everyone makes mistakes-but “Restorative Justice,” is an approach to justice that doesn’t focus on the needs of the victims and the offenders, it also involves the community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of and strengthening the community-Not Punishment which is the basis of the Criminal Justice System!

Community justice is a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities. Community justice policies confront crime and delinquency through proactive, problem-solving practices aimed at prevention, control, reduction and reparation of the harm crime has caused.

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 Positive effects of a comprehensive community justice strategy:

Includes both adult and juvenile offenders;

Focuses on creating safer communities rather than on doing things to or for offenders;

Pursues the goal of public safety within a scope of preventing victimization;

Places a high priority on the rights and needs of victims and the community;

Seeks harmonious working relations among all justice components and practices, citizens, community and social service organizations, educational systems, and faith communities;

Focuses on problems causing as well as caused by crime; and

Promotes correctional programming that is based on sound research and measurable for effectiveness.

 

 Why we need Restorative/Community Justice

Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply “punishment.” It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.

Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community.

 

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Recognize and Resolve the problem!

These efforts help to create and maintain a vital, healthy, safe and just community where crime and delinquency cannot flourish is key. Crime is confronted by addressing social disorder, criminal activities and behavior, and by holding offenders accountable for the harm they cause to victims and the community. Working to prevent crime and its harmful effects; doing justice by addressing problems rather than merely complaining, processing cases; and promoting community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices plus interventions go along way into changing criminal behavior behavior. In short, no one deserves to lose their life for something that could have been avoided, and some cases-stories of justice may be push the limits above and beyond right and wrong. Then you must fight for your rights!

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Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through Investigation and Public Lobby.
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Activist Prepares for Hunger Strike to Combat Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings in California

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

On May 13, 2014 A California Professor James Cosner will go on a hunger strike “to his death,” according to Cosner and Organizers (CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE) as a method of civil disobedience against the State of California in a battle for cause. Cosner’s desire is to bring national attention to the growing stream of violent deaths of many mostly young men (citizens)-the reason given-is the incredibly tragic way many have died (resulting at hands of Police) or better know as “Police Brutality.

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Although he (Cosner) has not fallen victim to directly to Police Brutality, Cosner though his long-term Social Activism has dedicated his life to the rescinding of unethical social and economic aspects of the Criminal Justice policies in California and abroad. Additionally, Cosner has had dealings with law enforcement, which is not unusual and usually “Power for the Course,” as most advocates consider civil disobedience to be a very successful method of fighting Injustice.

 

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In California,  use of deadly force by police shootings continue to disturb communities. The “Hardest,” demographic base hit are low-income communities and communities of color. Many citizens recognize that no force is exceedingly more explosive and leads to tragedy, more than Police Brutality caused deadly force. Activist believe the multiple cases that most go under  Federal Justice Department scrutiny and investigation concerns are records of police wrongdoing addressed over the last several years, also any inquiries to the United States Attorneys and in addition to The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Activist believe the investigations, must include any/all Police Brutality cases handled solely by local police departments.

 

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Cosner’s objection, while timely, is not without merit- to date there are a growing list of examples – one in particular, in Bakersfield California, a 911 caller claimed a, “guy” had been viciously battered to death on one road by eight police officers. The man, who died that evening, was father of four, David Sal Silva, 33. Two eyewitnesses claimed to have recorded videos of the beating on their cell phones, but local police seized the phones.

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Other Major California Cases

 

Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. More info https://www.facebook.com/groups/433149643404154/
Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare

It has been two years since Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. Police later claimed that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, allegedly shot himself to death during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who attempted to arrest him for alleged fare avoidance.

Oscar Grat Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by "Police Brutality."  http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by “Police Brutality.”
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

 

With the particular example of Oscar Grant, Officer Johannes Mehserle claimed he mixed his service revolver for his taser. However, for what reason? Would the officer taser Grant in the first place? Grant continued to be restrained, also as he was circled by police officers and lying face-down in cuffs on the Oakland rapid transit platform. Many who know of the incident still question, under which? assumption did Mehserle think of the necessity to use any force at all? Officer Mehserle was eventually convicted in criminal court of involuntary manslaughter but completed less than two years in prison.

Rarely do methods of civil defiance draw the same level of public awareness as a hunger strike. This method has been used around world over to galvanize public support, unite a movement, and draw awareness to issues that under other conditions might go overlooked. What is completely reliant is how long the striker can continue to go without his or her most essential instincts, hunger strikes do not require posters or conference halls or television cameras. It is a method of dissent available to practically anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Here is a brief history of more well known-Hunger Strikes. While Cosner has not made himself a comparison to anyone else- Cosner’s Actions are inline in comparison and also in the thoughts and views of many great leaders, examples include;

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1. Mohandas Gandhi
An influence for many non-violent peace demonstrations, Gandhi conducted a twenty-one day fast against British control in February 1943. A Separate fast in 1948 concluded after five days, with Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus declaring they would work toward Gandhi’s concept of comprehensive national solidarity.

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2. Cesar Chavez
The Latino-American labor movement leader used hunger strikes on various occasions while agitating for farm workers. In 1968, Chavez began a 25-day fast to obtain recognition for the union he helped co-found, the United Farm Workers.

 

 bobby_sands_33. Bobby Sands
An Irish nationalist died 66 days into a hunger strike in 1981, and likewise Nine hunger strikers died after Sands after necessitating that many Irish Republican Army members were made political prisoners by the British during the unrest. The 27-year-old Sands dropped 60 pounds before he died.

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Statement from James Cosner

On May 13th, whether I am one or many, I will not eat as a form of spiritual and political protest until either I return to my ancestors or until the government meets the following demands:

First: Free Leonard Peltier, Move 9/8, Mumia Abu Jamal, Ramsey Muniz, and Rocky Boice immediately!

2nd: Fire immediately and level 1st degree murder charges against the following officers:

Gregory Sur and company for killing Mark Garcia, retry Johannes Mehserly for killing Oscar Grant, John Moody for killing Ernest Duenez, Miguel Masso for killing Allen Blueford, Steve Gilley for killing Michael Nida, Manuel Ramos for killing Kelly Thomas, Richard Hastings, Mikeal Ali, and Mathew Lopez for killing Kenneth Harding, Dan Hurtado, Ray Drabek, and Mike Brannigan for killing Martin Angel Hernandez, John Nesbitt, Gregory Dunn, and Erick Azarvand for killing James Rivera, Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for killing James Boyed, and ?? for killing Everado Toress.

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As landscape gets denser, more complex, the public outcry from inside California is growing louder, there will be more groups willing to come forward and engage the public, and the ability to undertake collective action. In the political arena, as the protests and demonstrations are increased Cosner and his group of “Freedom Fighters,” can only hope that their coordinated public effort with bring much-needed change.

I am committed to a particular course of action because I believe it to be true, my truth, and if I am wrong then I will take responsibility for being wrong. But, I do not believe that I am wrong.
We do wish for all the Creator’s children to mature, to grow up, to take responsibility, to find integrity, to secure intelligence, and achieve lasting wisdom.

James Cosner, Peace!

For More Information on James Cosner and the CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463153727251897/admins/?order=default

Related  Articles

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/david-silva-cell-phone-video-bakersfield-police-beating_n_3314957.html

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/01/22/284918/activists-in-california-protest-police-brutality/

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg  L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

 

Single Mother takes on Police Brutality, and Street Violence-Now Prepares for A Historic Senatorial Office Run

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Denika Chapman 2016 Senatorial Candidate
Denika Chatman 2016 Senatorial Candidate

                                                                               The Power of Pain                                                                                          

An Inspiring story of a single mother whose son was shot to death in the streets by Police, she battled and overcome great obstacles when trying to avenge he son. Now Denika Chatman is preparing for a Historical congressional run.

BY GREGG GREER EDITOR, ONE WORLD01 PRESS

SAN FRANSICO, CA. —It’s been two years since Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. Police later claimed that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, allegedly shot himself to death during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who attempted to arrest him for alleged fare avoidance.

The case of Denika Chatman, a California single mother of three, who has been in the center of A World Wind Landmark Police Brutality/Wrongful Death Civil Case against the San Francisco City Police.

July 16, 2011. Nineteen year old Kenneth Harding Jr. was brutally gunned down and murdered. While he was riding on the local T-train on Third Street, in an area where there is constant police observation and control.

While on Third Street and Palou, Police walked straight to Kenneth and asked for proof of ticket purchase. When Kenneth could not supply a ticket, the police removed him from the train. At that time, Kenneth broke away and began to run with his hands up and also while holding his cell phone. According to the bystander, reports Police Officers Lopez and Hastings then pursued him and gunned him down from two separate directions. For thirty, minutes Kenneth laid on the Street while a growing angry crowd mocked Police for not providing immediate medical assistance and going through Harding Pockets while he lay. According to one observer/bystander Mr. Pointer, “He was face down in a prone position, frantically slapping about in his blood like a fish out of water, and no attempt was made to give him any kind of medical help,” Pointer alleged.

Kenneth Harding lay bleeding
Kenneth Harding lay bleeding

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Gregg Greer Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project, and a member of the SCLC stated “The San Francisco Internal Police Investigation seems very one-sided.” The Harding Case deserves a detailed review on account of questionable Police Internal Affairs handling the case, Also Officials did not properly instruct  on how it was decided that the Officers were cleared of wrongdoing when it is clear that no medical assistance was offered for Harding. ” Video confirms, for 28 minutes, initially the police effort was geared at using drawn guns to control the crowd-while Harding lay bleeding. ‘This time may have proven critical in saving Harding’s life.

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Chapman Rally for Ken Harding      Kenneth Harding Food Drive  Kenneth Rally

To preserve Kenneth’s legacy Denika did not waste time founding The Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation, and afterward she began to organize various Community Organizing campaigns as well as the Occupy; one example, was when Chatman issued a call to all “decent people,” in the Bay Area, primarily the local residents and unionists who worked in transit to “Shut Down MUNI which happened on July 16, 2012! Chatman dedicated the effort in honor and remembrance of her son, Kenneth Harding Jr. and for all martyrs of police violence and murder. More than 100 demonstrators interrupted San Francisco Municipal train service for about an hour before peacefully withdrawing to march down Market; also Denika is the Co-Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project  an Organization that fights against unjust or racially biased Death Penalty Cases Nationally. Also, in commemoration of the Death of Kenneth Harding, Jr. also, Denika and her organization has supplied the community with food every Third Sunday Monthly at the very spot where the ground where Kenneth’s blood fell.

Election 2016

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Ms Chatman has announced that she will run for State Senatorial Office  in 2016 and will not stop until she sweeps  away the last racial barrier in the San Francisco Bay Area .If Chatman is elected-it will be due to a repudiation of a historically high and growing level of unpopular civil and economic policies, committed against a minority community. Many Residents have already embraced -Chatmans call for a change in the direction and the tone of San Francisco Bay and the neighboring communities.  

While 2016 promises to be historical election-so far, it’s Chatman’s race to lose. In the Solano County, California district that usually gives somewhat higher vote percentages to Republicans compared to the eight other Bay Area counties. Chatman seems likely to give her opponent a serious run for their money. Her supporters, she said, have been enormous in support for her throughout the year, as have the entire community. Currently Denika is preparing for a speaking and public support national campaign to gain “more”  momentum.

Meanwhile, Denika has advice for anyone to overcome the weight of life: ‘No matter what people tell you, you can “Choose Life.” and turn your life’s negatives into a positive.” she said

For more information and to get involved, visit the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation website and Facebook page and donate at WePay.

RIP Kenneth Harding JR
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