Why plead guilty to a crime you didn’t commit?


Brave New Films

“Plea deals are a deal with the Devil,” says defense attorney Michael Curls. He would know. Many of his clients have faced an impossible decision – sit behind bars waiting for trial because their money bail is set absurdly high, or accept a “deal” with the prosecutor by pleading guilty now. The plea deal system is being abused by prosecutors to rack up convictions – and money bail is one of the biggest incentives prosecutors use to do it.

Watch “A Deal with the Devil” and share it – help us expose every scheme used in this unjust system to feed mass incarceration.
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More than 95% of Americans who have a criminal conviction have also accepted a plea deal. Join Brave New Films in fighting back against bad plea deals by helping us end money bail, a system that perpetuates poor people taking terrible “deals” for a little short-term, short-lived freedom. Please help us get the word out now about the movement to end money bail.

We all need to do our part – watch, share, take action.

Sincerely,

Robert Greenwald
President, Brave New Films

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BossFeed Briefing ~ workingwa.org


We are Working Washington

BossFeed Briefing for August 7, 2017. Last Tuesday was Primary election day, with fairly low turnout in local races across the state. Last Wednesday was a national Amazon job fair, which drew about 50,000 people to wait on line across the country for the chance to apply for warehouse jobs. This Tuesday marks the anniversary of the invention of the electric washing machine, which transformed domestic labor. And the entire state is currently in the midst of a heat wave, sparking a host of national reports loaded with cliches about flannel, salmon, coffee, and grunge.


The Chicken Littles come home to roost 

NYT Headline

Three things to know this week:

laughing-crying In 2013, the Seattle Times Editorial Board wrote that if SeaTac voters passed the nation’s first $15 law, “forget about anyone ever building another hotel in the city of SeaTac.” Workers won the election anyway, and in 2017 the New York Times reported that nine hotels are currently under construction in the city.

fire Burien’s sanctuary city ordinance remains in place for now after a productively rowdy City Council meeting. Immigrant rights supporters successfully urged Councilmembers to delay voting on a ballot measure that would abolish the human rights ordinance, which the Council passed earlier this year.

shell Taylor Shellfish is paying $160,000 and adopting new training and other policies to settle racial discrimination claims by an African-American mechanic who worked at their Samish Bay farm. The EEOC found he faced discrimination from his first day of work, including being consistently assigned to the worst jobs, having profanities screamed at him, and then being retaliated against by managers after bringing his treatment to their attention.

Two things to ask:

car Who are they going to sue now? A Federal judge has dismissed a Chamber of Commerce lawsuit which had aimed to strike down Seattle’s law providing Uber, Lyft, and other drivers the right to organize. The law remains enjoined until a second case is decided.

ballot box Could it happen here? Five hundred people who work in the cafeteria at Facebook headquarters in California have voted to form a union. It’s the latest victory in a surge of successful organizing by service workers in Silicon Valley, who are generally paid low wages to serve wildly rich companies while living in one of the most expensive parts of the country.

 

And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

doctor August 1st was Black Women’s equal pay day, marking how far into the year it takes for black women’s income to finally catch up to what white men earned the previous year. As detailed by Casey Quinlan in Think Progress, the wage gap persists at every level of education and just about every occupation: black women who have advanced degrees make $7/hour less than white men who only have a bachelor’s degree and black women doctors average $18/hour less than white male doctors. We’re not making progress very fast either; at the current rate of change, we won’t achieve equal pay until 2124.

 

Read this far?

tophat Consider yourself briefed, boss.

on this day 8/11 1965 – Watts Riots begin The five days of violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed.


1860 – The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV.

1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.

1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.

1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.

1909 – The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.

1921 – Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X is born on this day in Ithaca, New York.

1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time.

1934 – Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.

1941 – The Atlantic Charter was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

1942 – During World War II, Pierre Laval publicly announced “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.”

1945 – The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor Hirohito’s future status after Japan’s surrender.

1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.

1954 – Seven years of fighting came to an end in Indochina. A formal peace was in place for the French and the Communist Vietminh.

1962 – Andrian Nikolayev, of the Soviet Union, was launched on a 94-hour flight. He was the third Russian to go into space.

1965 – The U.S. conducted a second launch of “Surveyor-SD 2” for a landing on the Moon surface test.

1965 – Watts Riots begin The five days of violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed.

1971 – Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins got

1975 – The U.S. vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Counsel had already refused to consider South Korea’s application.

1984 – Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” -a joke ?

1984 – The Cincinnati Reds honored major league All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench by retiring his uniform (#5).

1988 – Dick Thornburgh was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next attorney general. He succeeded Edwin Meese III.

1990 – Egyptian and Moroccan troops joined U.S. forces in Saudia Arabia to help protect from a possible Iraqi attack.

1991 – The space shuttle Atlantis ended its nine-day journey by landing safely.

1992 – In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States.

1994 – The Tenth International Conference on AIDS ended in Japan. 

1994 – A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. 

1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.

1997 – U.S. President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.

1998 – British Petroleum became No. 3 among oil companies with the $49 billion purchase of Amoco. It was the largest foreign takeover of a U.S. company.

2003 – Charles Taylor, President of Liberia, flew into exile after ceding power to his vice president, Moses Blah.

2003 – In Kabul, NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

Tell the Trump Administration: Respect Students’ Civil Rights


For over a half-century, girls, women, LGBTQ youth, students of color, and students with disabilities have won significant battles in the fight for full recognition of our civil rights, including the right to get an education free of discrimination and harassment.

But now the Trump administration is working to reverse decades of progress through wide-ranging attacks on laws that protect students’ civil rights. From appointing extreme and unqualified Cabinet officials like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to proposing deep budget cuts that will hamstring crucial civil rights agencies, they are working overtime to undermine the ideal of “freedom and justice for all.” Their latest target? Rules that require schools to provide equal educational opportunities to all students. But we can stop them, if we act right now.

Tell the Trump Administration: Respect students’ civil rights. Keep all current civil rights regulations and guidance in place.

Take Action

Civil rights laws protect students from discrimination on the basis of sex (Title IX); race, color and national origin (Title VI); and disability (Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). They are critical to ensuring that all students have the right to learn. That’s why the Department of Education has longstanding rules and regulations that require educators to do right by students and explain what schools must do to follow these laws. For example, these regulations and guidance documents provide schools with commonsense guidelines for addressing harassment based on race and offering accommodations for students who have disabilities, are pregnant or parenting, are learning English, and who have survived sexual assault. And the Department of Education is supposed to hold schools who fail to follow these laws accountable.

But instead, under the guise of “eliminating burdensome regulations,” the Trump administration is attacking these rules. They’re ignoring the benefits of eradicating sexism, racism, ableism, and other forms of bigotry from our schools, colleges, and universities. And they’re ignoring the fact that these laws and regulations were created to give all students — no matter their background or circumstances — a fair shot at learning and thriving. We can’t let them get away with it. The more of us who submit comments explaining why we believe these regulations must stay, the harder it will be to change them.

Thanks in advance for defending students’ civil rights by sending a comment today.

Sincerely,
Neena Chaudhry
Director of Education
National Women’s Law Center

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