October 2009

California in Denial
In a surprise to no one, federal judges blasted California officials for the state's half-hearted plan to relieve prison overcrowding. California's prisons are so bloated that prisoners are dying from medical neglect.

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Last Saturday a young woman lost her ability to trust in her community.  At least 20 of her peers, all young men, watched as she was brutally raped and beat after her high school homecoming dance.  Some present even used their cameras phones to document their savage attempt to steal any semblance of innocence, trust and strength within her. This attack is an indictment of all of us. I charge us all with our failure to educate and empower the young men in our community to be MEN.  Sexual assault and sexual violence must be addressed in all of our work.

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