January 2012

This post is based on a press release from the office of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.

TAGS: AB1270
Stand with Incarcerated Youth
The facilities at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility are unacceptable. I know because I've experienced them first hand.

TAGS: Ventura Youth Prison
Shut 'Em Down
Governor Brown has done it again. He has proposed in the state budget to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) once and for all. The DJJ drains much-needed funds from our schools and vital community programs that would help California thrive.

TAGS: CYA
Lessons in Moving the 99%:
Last weekend I attended SOUL’s “Lessons in Moving the 99%,” with over 80 people in downtown Oakland.

TAGS: Occupy Wall Street
The following has been reposted from The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues in the Southeast and around the nation on a consistent, daily basis.

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Reasons to Run
When my co-workers asked me to write a quick blog post about the benefits of running I thought it would be a piece of cake. My other job is coaching cross country running and track and field at Skyline High School here in Oakland so knowing a thing or two about the numerous health benefits of running and exercise (there are many) is something I pride myself on. But for some reason I just couldn’t write.

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#HijabiFlashMob Represent!
A #HijabiFlashMob - at least that's what we were calling it even though there was no actual dancing involved. In its literal interpretation, it's a sudden mob of women in hijabs.


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The Banality of Evil
On November 18, 2011, a campus police officer at UC Davis used pepper spray on a row of seated students peacefully protesting. A cell phone video of the incident went viral, made national headlines, and even inspired an internet meme. The most disturbing feature of the video, and a major reason for the uproar, was the casual attitude of the officer.

TAGS: djj