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Justice for Michael Brown

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"We expect the Department of Justice to bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson, and to defend our 1st Amendment free speech rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice."

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Justice for Michael Brown

Today, a Saint Louis county grand jury refused to indict Michael Brown’s killer — Darren Wilson.1 Brown’s life was cut brutally short in circumstances that have become far too familiar — a young unarmed African-American man is racially profiled and then gunned down by a police officer.

No parent should ever have to lose their child to senseless police violence. We send our love and support to Michael Brown’s parents — Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. — and we grieve with them and the countless other families of African-American youth who have been killed by police. But the Department of Justice can still hold Michael Brown’s killer fully accountable.

That’s why we are joining our allies at ColorofChange.org in demanding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and help end abusive, militarized and biased policing targeting African Americans and Latinos.

Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and defend our 1st Amendment rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice.

From the very beginning, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch did everything in his power to avoid holding Officer Darren Wilson accountable, even refusing to recommend charges to the grand jury. But if enough of us raise our voices, together we can send a clear message to the Department of Justice that despite the state's failure we expect the federal government to bring Michael Brown's killer to justice, affirm the value of African-American life and send a strong message that there are severe legal consequences for senselessly taking the life of an African-American.

Michael Brown and all of the other young African-American youth who have been murdered because of the color of their skin deserve to be alive. The sad reality is that officers are almost never convicted when they harm or brutalize African Americans and Latinos.2 This must change.

Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson. Click here to sign the petition.

Prosecutor McCulloch didn’t need to convene a grand jury to secure an indictment against Officer Wilson, he could have charged Wilson immediately.3 But McCulloch worked hard to shield Officer Wilson from justice from the very beginning — as he has done for other rogue cops in the past. In 23 years as County Prosecutor, McCulloch has not prosecuted a single police shooting.4

Enough is enough. Join us in demanding the Department of Justice brings federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and defends our 1st Amendment rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice.

After Michael Brown was killed, the collective commitment to fight for justice and call for systemic reforms to policing policies and practices that put African-American lives in danger was overwhelming.5 We worked with our allies in the progressive movement led by ColorofCange.org to respond, organize and force authorities to pursue justice in a case that easily could have been forgotten, just like so many before. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to leave his post soon, and now is the time to pressure him to define his legacy by convening a federal grand jury and bringing Michael Brown’s killer to justice and affirming the value of African-American lives6.

  1. Mollie Reilly, "Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision," HuffingtonPost.com, November 24, 2014.
  2. Lizette Alvarez, "Florida Prosecutors Face Long Odds When Police Use Lethal Force," the New York Times, September 3, 2014.
  3. Dana Milbank, "Ferguson tragedy becoming a farce," the Washington Post, September 12, 2014.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Joyce Jones, "Groups Deliver Ferguson Petitions to White House," BET.com, August 29,
  6. Carrie Johnson, "Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General," NPR.com, September 25, 2014,

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Killer cops walk free again!
Take to the streets to demand justice for Mike Brown!

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The non-indictment of Darren Wilson is a travesty of justice. It is clear that the government has given impunity to the police, who kill and brutalize Black and Latino youth. 

People in Ferguson, across the United States and around the world are outraged at this decision and are going into the streets to demand an end to police terror. Their rights should not be abridged in any way by police.

“Every 28 hours a Black person is killed by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante in America” said ANSWER organizer Eugene Puryear. “There is an epidemic of police terror in the United States, a terror that afflicts Black and Brown communities to a greater degree than any other. It is absolutely imperative that those who believe in basic justice and human rights join the chorus of voices demanding fundamental change. No more impunity for police killers. The ANSWER Coalition joins with the thousands of people across the country in the streets to demand justice.” 

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Also, be sure to circulate this important appeal by veterans to members of the Missouri National Guard calling on them to "Stand with Ferguson protesters, not the police!"



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Human Rights Day 2013 Observance

Confronting Solitary Confinement as Torture

in an Age of Mass Incarceration   

Nassau County Jail, 100 Carman Ave, East Meadow

December 14 ~ Noon * Be There!

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In observance of Human Rights Day 2013, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Solitary Confinement (NY-CAIC), and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Congregation at Shelter Rock will sponsor a public event on Saturday, December 14 at 12 noon at 100 Carman Avenue, East Meadow. As the world community commemorates the 65th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, members of the faith community, families of those incarcerated, and those who have experienced solitary confinement while incarcerated will gather to call attention to the use of solitary confinement in this age of mass incarceration.

Currently, with 5% of the world’s population the United States accounts for 25% of the globe’s incarcerated and holds more prisoners in long-term solitary confinement than any other nation. According to the Correctional Association of NY, forty-five percent of those held in supermax prisons have “serious mental illness, marked by symptoms or psychological breakdowns.”  NRCAT joins Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, in calling for a universal prohibition of prolonged solitary confinement exceeding 15 days, and a total ban on the use of solitary confinement for vulnerable populations including persons with mental disabilities and youth, finding its prolonged use a form of torture.  The goal of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is sweeping reform of New York’s use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails.

For further information contact Claire Deroche at cderoche@uucsr.org or 516-472-2977.

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Racism & Christians

Mangano cuts youth funds

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NO justice, no peace!

Thanks to the vigilence of the Nassau Affirmative Action Project the vetting of Human Rights and Minority Affairs agencies by the Mangano Administration  has been thwarted. Although these County Agencies are bereft and deficient in terms of their mandates and indifferent to their duties and responsibilities to safeguard the rights of minorities in Nassau County, they at least serve as a reminder of what America stands for. The inexcusable lack of commitmant by those employed in these agencies to safeguard the rights of minorities, white, black, hispanic or whatever, is a matter that cries to heaven and must be left to the consciences of those employees who for their own purposes look the other way.

A time comes when silence is betrayal…. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.—Martin Luther King Jr.

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Stop County Executive Mangano's Dissolution of County Human & Civil Right Agencies

 Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's proposal to consolidate the Nassau County Human Rights Commission, CASA and the Office of Minority Affairs into an Office for New Local Opportunities is an affront to the communities served by these three County Departments. By law they are separate and distinct so that they may focus on their respective missions of investigating bias and discrimination complaints, violations of human and civil rights and delivering critical social services to their unique constituencies. Support Dr. King's legacy! Mr. Mangano- Empower these agencies!

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The elimination of human & civil rights agencies is not about saving money. While hundreds of Health and social service workers are being fired, the County Legislature passed County Executive Mangano's confiscatory bill awarding 5 million dollars to Morgan Stanley to conduct a fiscal review! As County employees are fired, the tentacles of  big business swoop down and suck up their salaries! In these tough economic times, doing something to deliver less services to the neediest communities in Nassau County is unconscionable. Now is the time! Contact your legislator.
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SUPPORT THE COUNTY CHARTER VISITOR BOARD TO OVERSEE THE COUNTY JAIL!
We urge all people of conscience to rally at the Theodore Roosevelt County Building Legislative Chambers on Franklin and Old Country Road in Mineola on Mondays and demand that the County Executive and the County Legislators honor their oath of office and obey the law as mandated by the County Charter and implement the Visitor Board. Click the link above and sign the petition that the County Charter provisions for a Visitor Board to oversee the county jail be immediately implemented. Contact your legislator and demand that that he or she put a stop to County Executive Mangano's proposal to gut and dismantle the County's Human and Civil Rights agencies. www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Legis/index.html
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