by Tom Gomez
Jack was charged with cultivation of marijuana in 2000, and sentenced to 2 years of community corrections. That was 9 years ago, and it will be the year 2012 before he is released from prison (if he serves his full sentence), and 2017 before his parole ends. His story is not uncommon. It illustrates the failure of sentencing laws meant to keep Jack and others like him, mostly non-violent offenders whose crimes were drug and alcohol related, out of prison and promote rehabilitation over incarceration. Instead, as Jack illustrates, they have often done the opposite of what the legislature intended, and have left thousands of prisoners like Jack in the criminal justice system – sometimes for decades – for petty offenses. With the Colorado State Legislature expected to address the issue of sentencing reform later this year, many prisoners hope that stories like Jack's prompt the state legislators to rethink the 'escape' statutes.
No one here in the prison really expects the legislature to decriminalize escape. But the large and growing number of cases like Jack's point out what's wrong with the existing law. Sentenced in 2000 to serve in one of the state's 34 community correctional facilities (aka halfway houses), Jack escaped by simply walking away from the facility. Several months later, he was recaptured and given 4 years for the escape, plus his remainder on the original charge for a total of five years. He served 3 of those 5 years before being paroled into homelessness in 2004. Colorado is one of only a handful of states with mandatory parole, and while Jack's original charges carried one year of mandatory parole, his new charge of escape carried 3 years of mandatory parole.
Although there’s been a recent victory against the reopening of the Black Mesa Complex, the Kayenta mine is still operating and elders on the front lines fighting the continued impacts of coal mining and forced relocation efforts are still requesting support.
We are writing with a request for direct on-land support on behalf of families of traditional resistance communities of Black Mesa, AZ.. One of the Big Mountain elder matriarchs, Blanche Wilson, the mother of Mae Tso, who hosted the 2008 caravan, passed away yesterday. Please hold her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Mae and Samuel, two of Blanche’s children, and elders themselves, are living alone at their homesite. They are in much need of support–they will need to take four days away from basic necessities and work for the traditional funeral. Additionally Mae injured her back on Christmas day and has been in pain for the last three weeks and at a limited work capacity; Samuel has been working double what he normally does. There are supporters there now until Wednesday the 20th. The funeral will be after that so, as mentioned, they really need the help at this time.
We as a nation my well be doomed. By the time I post this many of you here at COIMC and in IndyMedia's around the country will have heard the shocking news. Namely that the Supreme Court today not only reaffirmed that corporations are people, but that corporations may spend an unlimited amount of money to tilt election campaigns. This is an unprecedented turn of events that threatens to make real the crossover of our country into overt corporate fascism.
You and I and all who care about freedom need to fight this perversion of justice. One thing that you can do is go to this site (http://www.movetoamend.org )and sign a petition to get a constitutional amendment that would explicitly declare that corporations do not have the rights of citizens and are not people.
Our nation is being taken over by corporations and this court decision will make there takeover complete if left unchallenged. This decision by the Supreme Court will shred any hope of anything but the transition of the United States into a corporatocracy! If unchallenged there will be no hope of any compromise short of violence in defense of our rights as people.
The fact is corporationsare not people. Corporations do not die are not subject to the laws of nature, feel no emotion and worst of all live forever with no soul and a relentless desire to maximize profit. This ruling extends the very rights of a person to all corporations that operate within the United States and so this ruling means that foreign multinational corporations that operate in the United States will have more power over our election system than American citizens themselves.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Secret ICE Detention Centers
Criminalization of the Homeless in Grand Junction
Top Ten Movies to Watch this Winter
War is Peace: Obama Sends More Troops to Afghanistan
March For No More Deaths on The Streets of Grand Junction
Cointelpro: Black Panther Coloring Book
The Boogers: Music Review
Foreclosures Way Way Up in Mesa County
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A rule change by the Colorado State Department of Corrections could mean offenders with already long sentences, mostly for drug offenses, will be incarcerated longer. Under the new rule, which went into effect on October 1st, 2009, prisoners required to participate in DOC's intensive 9 – 12 month therapeutic community program for drugs and alcohol will not be eligible to do so until they are within 8 years of their mandatory release date.
Under Colorado statute, prisoners are eligible for early release (discretionary parole) after serving 50% of their sentence, and receive 10 days a month earned time if they are charged with a non-violent offense. Violent offenders receive only 6 days a month 'earned time', and are required to serve 75% of their sentences before being paroled. For a non-violent offender serving a 30-year stretch, that means that he or she is parole eligible after 12 years, if they have complied with all conditions of confinement.
In practice, however, such discretionary paroles are seldom granted. Even the Governor's plan to rease prisoners 6 months before their mandatory release date has run into fierce, and very public, opposition from the parole board itself, which remands prisoners to their mandatory release dates more than 90% of the time. On a 30-year sentence that means spending 23 years behind bars.
The Red Pill has been active on the Colorado Indymedia site now for about five years. Never it that time have we ever seen any censorship or suppression of debate. But today we are very concerned that photos attached to the announcement that Bash Back's 2010 Convergance is going to be held in Denver have been removed, and comments disabled. We would like to see a full explanation of why the photos were removed, and comments reactivated on that post. That is not too much to ask for an open publishing site that is supposed to be non-hierarchical.
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There's one last chance to start a full power community radio station in the Grand Junction area! The FCC has set aside specific frequencies across the country from the commercial bandwidth to be used for non-commercial community broadcasting. One of these very rare licenses will broadcast into Grand Junction, and will reach over 200,000 people in the area. Applications for this new station will be accepted February 19th-26th, 2010. Now is definitely the time to get an application together if you think your group/organization might be interested! We've worked a lot with different organizations in the past to build radio stations to use as a tool for organizing, from farmworkers unions to environmental groups to civil rights groups. What do most of these organizations have in common? Using radio as a tool to make change! This is a HUGE opportunity, and is a great way to get really involved in media activism! Please contact the Prometheus Radio Project ASAP if you think you might be interested or just want to find out more : megan (at) prometheusradio.org OR 215-727-9620 x0
The 2010 Wild Roots Feral Futures will take place for a seven-day duration, a quarter moon cycle, from June 19th-26th (from the First Quarter Moon on the 19th through the Summer Solstice on the the 21st to the Full Moon on the 26th) in the foothills of the mighty and wild San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.
We are looking for folks of all sorts to join us and help facilitate workshops, conflict resolution and management, direct action and medic trainings, wild food walks, and much more! We will be focusing on many things, including but by no means limited to anarchist theory and praxis, rewilding, ancestral skills, indigenous solidarity, direct action, forest defense, security culture, civil disobedience, hand to hand combat, survival skills, evasion tactics, green anarchism, anti-civ, post-civ, star watching and navigation, maps and orienteering, shelter building, and whatever YOU care to bring and provide. But we need everyone's help to make this as safe, positive, and productive a space as it can be. Our own knowledge, skills, and capacities are limited. We need YOUR help!
Roles we REALLY need filled:
• Kitchen! (we've reached out to Everybody's Kitchen and Seeds of Peace)
• CRAM team (conflict resolution and management: we need people of diverse gender/sexual orientations who know how to give support to survivors of sexual assault and to people with PTSD)*
In the newest edition of The Nation there's a story profiling the existence of 186 Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Sub-Stations were people are "Disappeared."
National List of Detention Centers
The Nation Article. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100104/stevens
From the Nation..."According to Aaron Tarin, an immigration attorney in Salt Lake City, "Whenever I have a client in a subfield office, it makes me nervous. Their procedures are lax. You've got these senior agents who have all the authority in the world because they're out in the middle of nowhere. You've got rogue agents doing whatever they want. Most of the buildings are unmarked; the vehicles they drive are unmarked." Like other attorneys, Tarin was extremely frustrated by ICE not releasing its phone numbers. He gave as an example a US citizen in Salt Lake City who hired him because her husband, in the process of applying for a green card, was being held at a subfield office in Colorado. By the time Tarin tracked down the location of the facility that was holding the husband when he had called his wife, the man had been moved to another subfield office. "I had to become a little sleuth," Tarin said, describing the hours he and a paralegal spent on the phone, the numerous false leads, unanswered phones and unreturned messages until the husband, who had been picked up for driving without a license or insurance, was found in Grand Junction, Colorado (emphasis ours), held on a $20,000 bond, $10,000 for each infraction. "I argued with the guy, 'This is absurd! Whose policy is this?'" Tarin said the agent's response was, "That's just our policy here.""
Here are known substations in our region.