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Attorney General Madigan, Consumer Advocates: Vote ‘No’ to automatic rate hikes on Illinois utility bills

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of consumer advocates voiced their opposition to a legislative proposal that would impose automatic annual rate hikes on millions of consumers’ utility bills.

The bill as currently introduced by State Rep. Kevin McCarthy (HB 14) would eliminate the long-standing utility rate review process through the ICC and allow utility companies to impose automatic rate increases for 10 years. Attorney General Madigan, AARP, the Citizens Utility Board and many consumer and environmental advocates, including Citizen Action, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Latino Organization of the Southwest, South Austin Coalition and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, came together at the Austin Senior Center on Chicago’s West Side to announce their opposition to the measure and to encourage local residents to contact their legislators to vote no on the utility bill.

“ComEd is trying to ram a bill through the Legislature that will guarantee increased profits by increasing rates paid by consumers,” Attorney General Madigan said.

“We don’t want consumers to be fooled into thinking that House Bill 14 is about smart grids,” said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois Senior State Director. “House Bill 14 is about higher rates and bolstered corporate profit margins. It is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

“As it stands right now, the ComEd proposal would increase gas and electric rates for consumers by untold amounts for the purpose of guaranteeing utility company profits of over 10 percent,” Barry Matchett, Co-Legislative Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center said.  “That is not fair.”

The legislation would significantly weaken the long-standing, balanced regulatory system, leaving millions of residential and business consumers with a limited voice in the approval process. The bill allows for future rate increase requests to go through a “fast track” review process as opposed to the current review process, which allows for a more thorough investigation.

Lobbyists’ fight for Health-Law Exemptions should prompt real reform

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(From New America Media)

By Paul Kleyman

According to the front-page New York Times article last Monday, “Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law,” the nation’s major nursing home and home care associations are crying poor on behalf of their small-business owners who will be run out of business if they have to start covering their $10-$12 an hour employees under health care reform.

Veteran health policy reporter Robert Pear wrote, “Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer affordable coverage or risk paying a penalty… Nursing home executives are urging Congress and the Obama administration to spare them from the penalties.”

Some are grating on Pear’s example of employees at a nursing home who dropped their health care coverage when the home they work for told them to pay a $25/month share. Pear doesn’t indicate how common the resistance is, but it doesn’t surprise me.

These are workers at the bottom of the heap, many of them immigrants and middle aged or older women.

Although $25 might seem little more than lunch money to New York Times readers like myself, it’s a bag of groceries at the discount grocery to often ill-trained, underpaid direct-care workers with few job prospects.

So there’s unstated issue No. 1: Who exactly is caring for your mom or dad?

Today, it’s probably someone so devalued and distrustful of the American system that he or she not only can’t afford a seemingly small premium, but also doesn’t trust any move to take money out of his/her meager paycheck. And many have significant challenges themselves in navigating the American health care system.

Pear quotes Charlene A. Harrington of the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, and one of the leading voices for humane and effective care of elders for the past quarter century. She told Pear that Congress or the administration should not relieve nursing homes of the obligation to provide coverage to employees.

Harrington stated, “It’s scandalous to have nursing home employees taking care of people when they themselves lack coverage and go without care… If employees have health insurance, they are more likely to be treated for illnesses, less likely to pass on infections to nursing home residents and more likely to get early treatment for occupational injuries.”

Yes, on the job injuries, especially back injuries, are very high in this group, so why are these long-term care companies trying to stick premiums on policies they admit (in Pear’s article) frequently offer only limited coverage?

The real crisis has nothing to do with whining health care lobbyists. They are doing zilch to meet the looming lack of qualified health care workers for our aging nation. (See the landmark 2008 Institute of Medicine report “Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce”.)

Regarding direct care workers, key issues related to what these nursing and personal care aides endure is encompassed by the Caring Across Generations campaign, a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It calls on Congress to pass legislation that would:

1) Create 3 million jobs in direct care over five years;
2) Establish a career ladder to train and certify domestic workers and other workers as direct care workers (“career ladder” is jargon for job advancement and stability);
3) List a new visa category to provide a path to legalization and citizenship for these domestic workers—you know, the kind of people anti-immigrant Tea Party types put in charge of caring for their family elders);
4) Set labor standards for direct care and domestic workers, and eliminate existing exclusions in the labor law to ensure that the jobs created are quality jobs;
5) Give a tax credit to families paying for the cost of direct care for their loved ones.

Unstated issue No. 2: The Health Industry Can’t Afford Itself

The big fat issue here is a health industry crying poor because it can’t afford the system which it itself helps keep too costly and inefficient in the first place. This story is an argument for effective national health care — nothing more nor less.

Look, if these industries — the American Health Care Association (AHCA), serving mostly for-profit nursing homes, and National Home Care Association are pleading poverty because so many are small or medium business, isn’t that a powerful argument for going to a more affordable and effective health care system? (See the two letters in Monday May 16’s New York Times editorial section.)

Meanwhile, costs need to be controlled. That will take a President and national leadership being Osama-decisive in the health care Situation Room. So far, though, the health care lobby has our fearless leaders quaking, as usual, in their campaign boots instead of sending in the American health equivalent of Seal Team 6 to deal with the Greed Lobby.

Governor’s and ex-Governors need to stand up for decency, not pathetic budget arguments, too — including some Democrats like former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, the for-profit nursing home lobbyist Pear quotes in his article.

The key here is that once again, an industry that fought for limited regulation to maximize its profits is crying poor by hiding behind its employees’ and holding up small-business operators like human shields to keep the big employers from paying more. (I don’t know how many private equity firms now own nursing home or home care chains, but the Times did a pretty good expose on this about three years ago.)

A well-regulated health care system with prudent cost controls — sounds like a win-win for everyone, even nursing home and home care operators. And it’s one offered worldwide by socialist and capitalist nations alike, in single payer — and multi-payer examples, some involving companies. But that’s all about money.

Here’s the bottom line: Affordable, quality care — it’s your mother, stupid!

Senator Mark Kirk’s statement on President Obama’s scheduled visit to the Central Intelligence Agency

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Washington, DC – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement in advance of President Obama’s visit to the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday:

“When the President visits the CIA on Friday, he should announce the end of the Justice Department’s unwarranted investigations of CIA interrogators.  These Americans did their jobs at the direction of the President of the United States and this politically motivated investigation will have a chilling effect on the work of their colleagues and other national security professionals in the U.S. Government.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 AT 10 A.M. for the all new “Cirque Shanghai Extreme” at Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage this Summer

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World Premiere Production Will Play June 23 – September 5, Featuring Jaw-Dropping
Motorcycle on a Wire Aerial Act, Action Packed Sword Fighting Feats
and Thrilling New Twists on Family Favorites

All Kids’ Tickets $15!

Chicago, IL – Cirque Shanghai tumbles into Chicago’s Navy Pier this summer with an all new, awe-inspiring show “Cirque Shanghai Extreme,” beginning Thursday, June 23. The world premiere production will run through September 5, 2011 (Labor Day), rain or shine, at the Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage, the 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. New this year, tickets for kids ages 3 – 12 are only $15 for any seat in the house. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com/shanghai.

“Cirque Shanghai Extreme”is a brand new spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more. This year’s production features an incredible line up of new death-defying acts, including a motorcyclist traveling on a wire highabove the audience at the Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage.

Audiences will gasp at the new Shaolin Kung Fu sword fighting sequence and be dazzled by the Floating Cube aerial act featuring a 5 ft.-long cube suspended above the stage with artists performing amazing balancing feats inside. China’s finest daredevil motorcycle troupe, “Imperial Thunder,” returns with even more thunder, now with four motorcyclists performing in Cirque Shanghai’s largest steel globe to date.

Directed by Miao Miao Chen and with choreography by Chicago’s Brenda Didier, “Cirque Shanghai Extreme” is presented in this exclusive U.S. engagement by Navy Pier in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd. (ISA) production headquarters in Shanghai, China.

“We have taken the production to a new level of ‘wow’ this year, and are thrilled to share the world premiere of ‘Cirque Shanghai Extreme’ with Chicago,” said Gary Fjelstad, vice president of ISA. “Featuring the finest performers, who were cast directly from China, the new show in jam-packed with amazing, gravity-defying feats that the entire family will enjoy.”

Audiences and critics alike rave about “Cirque Shanghai.” The Chicago Tribune hails the production to be a “beguiling, sophisticated and contemporary 75-minute show, replete with some bravura acrobatics and infused with fabric-strewn visuals,” and the Chicago Sun-Times raves “ ‘Cirque Shanghai’ has been an especially bright spot on Navy Pier…bringing young, talented acrobatic troupes and first-rate production values to the canopied, open-air Skyline Stage.” Time Out Chicago says, “Jaw-dropping, aerobatic stunts…adults will enjoy this show every bit as much as kids.”

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
ISA is the first company dedicated to two-way entertainment trade between China and the U.S. The company began working with Chinese acrobatic troupes in 1996 and is now the largest presenter of foreign entertainment in China as well as Chinese entertainment and attractions into North America. In addition to their work in the field of Chinese acrobatics, ISA also produces ICE! at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Centers in Nashville, Orlando, Dallas and Washington D.C. At each Gaylord location, ICE! is a spectacular indoor walk-thru attraction consisting of nearly two-million pounds of ice carved into the icons of Christmas. ISA has offices in the United States and global headquarters in Shanghai.

Haiping Ge, President and CEO of ISA, is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has been closely involved in the Chinese entertainment industry his entire professional life. After six years with the Shanghai Opera Institute, he joined the Shanghai Cultural Exchange Agency and hosted many of the first Western entertainers to perform in China.

Miao Miao Chenis a second-generation performer as well as the show’s director.  She studied with the internationally famous Shenyang Performing Arts Academy since the age of five, and joined the acclaimed Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe, one of the top ten troupes in all of China, at age 13. Chen is the recipient of a Gold Lion Award from the International Acrobatics Competition in France, and received the top award for Best Innovative Performance in Uruguay.
Chen has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 2006 and 2007, Chen worked as a choreographer for “Le Grand Cirque” which has toured in cities across Australia, the United Kingdom and United States. Chen directed previously directed hit productions of “Cirque Shanghai” in 2009 and 2010.

Brenda Didier, a well known and multi award winning figure in Chicago theater,  is a freelance choreographer based in Chicago and Owner/Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, now celebrating its 11th anniversary.  Her choreography credits include “The Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour,” four previous seasons of Cirque Shanghai including “Bai Xi,” “Gold,” “Bright Spirit” and “Cloud 9,” Mayor Richard Daley’s Millennium Campaign for the City of Chicago, Miss Illinois Pageant, Dennis DeYoung’s Jeff Award-winning production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the House of Blues, the Goodman, the Apollo, the Mercury, Theatre Building Chicago, Teatro Vista, Emerald City, the Bailiwick, Theo Ubique, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Porchlight Music Theatre, the International Thespian Festival, Six Flags Great America and Busch Gardens’ theme parks.  She has served as guest choreographer/instructor at Carthage College, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University.  Didier is the recipient of 7 Jeff nominations, 2 Jeff Awards, 2 After Dark Awards, 2 Choreography Awards from the Academy of Theatre Artists and Friends and the National Youth Theatre Award (High School level).  Her most advanced students have completed summer programs with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Met and The Milwaukee Ballet.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFORMATION
“Cirque Shanghai Extreme”performance schedule is as follows:
Wednesday at 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 2, 4 and 8 p.m.
Saturday at 2, 6 and 8 p.m.
Sunday at 12, 2 and 5 p.m.

A special pre-fireworks performance has been added, Monday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Navy Pier fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. that evening.

Ticket prices range from $15 – $32.50. Tickets are only $15 for children ages 3 – 12 for any seat in the house. Tickets for adults start at $17.50. Children two and under are welcome and admitted free of charge.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m.Tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com/shanghai. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling GroupTix at 773.327.3778 or visiting www.grouptix.net. For more information on “Cirque Shanghai Extreme” visit www.navypier.com.

Located on Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago’s downtown, Navy Pier is the most-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming more than 8 million visitors annually.  Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, it is now one of the country’s preeminent recreation and exposition facilities, showcasing 50 acres of parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, attractions, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exhibition facilities and more.

Bill to strengthen Illinois’ DNA Database goes to Governor’s Desk

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Springfield, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the Illinois Senate for passing a bill to strengthen the state’s DNA database. House Bill 3238, which was sponsored by Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), will now go to the governor for approval. The bill requires all registered sex offenders to provide a DNA specimen and calls for collecting DNA of people arrested for the most serious violent crimes after they are indicted or after a court finding of probable cause.

“This bill will make the state’s DNA database an even stronger tool for law enforcement to investigate violent crimes but will also help to exonerate those who are wrongfully convicted,” Madigan said.

According to the bill, all sex offenders who are required to register with local law enforcement must provide a DNA specimen – regardless of their conviction date or the state in which the offender was convicted. The bill also calls for collecting DNA when someone is indicted or there is a finding of probable cause in the following violent crimes:

·         First Degree murder

·         Home Invasion

·         Predatory criminal sexual assault

·         Aggravated criminal sexual assault

·         Criminal sexual assault

In addition, the legislation would authorize the Illinois State Police to expunge a DNA profile upon court order.

Attorney General Madigan has long been committed to improving the state’s DNA database. In 2008, she created the Illinois DNA Accountability Project (IDAP) to undertake a first-of-its-kind assessment of the state DNA database to identify gaps in the system. Today’s legislation is one result of that initiative.

Temp workers at Wal-Mart warehouse file Class Action over denied benefits

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Simos Insourcing workers fight to make their employer follow the law

Workers from the temporary staffing agency, Simos Insourcing Solutions, which staffs the Wal-mart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois, alleged in a lawsuit filed in Will County Circuit Court today that they have been denied benefits that they were promised when they were hired to work at the warehouse.  Several warehouse workers employed by the agency approached Warehouse Workers for Justice for assistance when they discovered the discrepancies.

“Simos promised me that I would earn vacation pay while I worked there, but apparently that was an empty promise,” said Willie Jones, one of the lead Plaintiffs.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Simos required employees to incur fees to get their paychecks and failed to give the warehouse workers critical information about their pay, benefits and other terms of their employment as required by Illinois law. The lawsuit was filed as a class action.

This is the second class action suit filed on behalf of workers at the Wal-mart warehouse this year.  In March workers at Reliable Staffing Group filed suit alleging unpaid wages and other violations of the law.

The workers have joined in delegations of warehouse workers who have been going to Springfield to demand fair wages and an end to the perma-temp system in Will County warehouses.  A report released last year by Warehouse Workers for Justice showed that 63% of workers in Will County warehouses are temps, earning poverty wages with few benefits.

Warehouse Workers for Justice is a worker-led organization working to turn warehouse jobs in the Chicago region into good, living wage permanent jobs.

T.D. Jakes releases Sacred Love Songs 2-featuring music inspired by his new hit movie “Jumping The Broom”

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Sacred Love Songs 2 Debuts May 31


Dallas, TX -GRAMMY® Award winner T.D. Jakes’ record label Dexterity Sounds will release Sacred Love Songs 2, the second installment of the Sacred Love Songs series, on May 31, 2011. The complication album was inspired by the film Jumping the Broom (Tri-Star/Columbia Pictures), which is now the number one comedy in the nation after opening in theaters on May 6.


The album features romantic love songs that pair talented gospel, R&B and pop music artists who perform new songs and classic hits.  Artists include: T.D. Jakes, Joe, Karen Clark Sheard, Kirk Whalum, El DeBarge, Bishop Paul Morton, Fred Hammond, Ledisi, Micah Stampley, Crystal Aikin, Terry Thomas and Anaysha Figueroa. The album is the first joint venture between Universal Christian Music Group, T.D. Jakes and Dexterity Sounds.


Sacred Love Songs 2 features 12 songs plus spoken words from T.D. Jakes that encourage couples to love each other as instructed by the Bible.


“The intent behind Sacred Love Songs 2 is to draw hearts back to love as God intended. Consider Song of Solomon in which the Bible poignantly displays romance from a biblical perspective. It is the common language of romance that links film and music together, which is why the film Jumping the Broom helped to inspire a new Sacred Songs album,” said T.D. Jakes, executive producer of the album and founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House church in Dallas.


Originally released by Kirk Franklin in 1997, the lead single Love on Sacred Love Songs 2 is re-mastered and sung by Anaysha Figueroa and also features T.D. Jakes. The artist Joe reached #2 on Urban Adult Contemporary radio’s Most Added Track for the single Closer, featured on Sacred Love Songs 2. El DeBarge lends his single How Could You Love Me from his solo project Second Chance. Fred Hammond sings My Lady & Myself, while Micah Stampley covers Brian McKnight’s Back At One. BET’s Sunday Best first season winner Crystal Aikin contributes her new track Just Take My Heart to the project. T.D. Jakes and Cedric Caldwell are the album’s executive producers.


For more information about Sacred Love Songs 2 visit dexteritysounds.com

For more information about Jumping the Broom visit jumpingthebroom-movie.com


About TDJ Enterprises

Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as the senior pastor of the 30,000-member church The Potter’s House located in Dallas.  Under the T.D.J. Enterprises umbrella, a for-profit organization, are film, music, bestselling books, and other products helping disseminate a faith-based message to a wide audience.  Visit http://tdjakes.com for more information.

Black Teen jobless rate 37.5% for April 2011

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– New Book “Hire Power” By Andrea Foy Offers The Solution –


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Dayton, OH (BlackNews.com) — While the Department of Labor figures indicate the overall teen jobless rate of ages 16-19 for April was 23%, nearly three times the national unemployment average, minority teens are far more likely to be unemployed.

Even with staggering statistics like that, there are jobs available and it is even more important for teens to be encouraged to enter the job market with more determination and armed with more information to help them compete with the older and more experienced workers due to the lasting recession.

Andrea Foy, author of Hire Power: How To Find, Get and Keep A Job, comments, “With the unemployment rate hovering at ten percent, Americans are not only out of work but many are underemployed. The experienced and skilled people will be poised for gainful employment when the job situation rebounds. However younger, less experienced candidates may have a more difficult time transitioning into the workforce.” Foy’s expertise in customer service spans several industries. “If one-third of your life is spent at work, why not make it enjoyable?”

Foy’s book, Hire Power, is a how-to guide that steps job seekers through the process of landing the job, to knowing when to leave for better opportunities. Geared toward the workplace neophyte, this book provides insight for the experienced employee too.

In Hire Power readers will learn:

* How to complete an application
* The elements of a resume
* Appropriate and inappropriate attire for an interview
* How to deal with co-workers, bosses and customers
* Basic business etiquette
* How job performance can lead to great appraisals and promotions

Published by Queen V Publishing (www.QueenVPublishing.net), Hire Power is available at www.AndreaFoy.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Mehserle shooting of Oscar Grant considered a non-violent offense

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(From New America Media)

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Because California penal code does not classify Involuntary Manslaughter as a “violent” or “serious” offense, Johannes Mehserle, the convicted killer of Oscar Grant, could be released as early as mid-June of this year, after serving less than one year behind bars.

But while the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) lists June 1 as the date for a court hearing to schedule Mehserle’s release, that hearing may or may not happen, depending on who you talk to.

According to Luis Patino, a Communications Consultant for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the purpose of the June 1 hearing is to review Mehserle’s “…sentencing credits, and determine whether or not his release date is correct. At this point, the release date is projected to be the middle of June.”

The LASD has jurisdiction over the Mens’ Central Jail where Mehserle has been held since July 8, 2010, after a jury found him guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of Grant, who was shot by Mehserle while lying face-down on an Oakland BART platform on New Year’s Eve, 2009. Mehserle claimed to have mistaken his service weapon for a taser-gun.

According to the Sheriff’s website, Mehserle’s hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Robert Perry. However, Connie Fernandes, an assistant to Mehserle’s defense attorney Michael Rains, stated that the hearing “was not going to happen.”

Further details were not available from Rains’ office as of press time.

An inquiry was made about the discrepancy with the court clerk, however that call was not returned by press time.

Per the State of California Penal Code, Section 4019, which was amended and approved by former Governor Schwarzenegger in October of 2009, “certain prisoners shall earn one day of credit for every one day served either in the state prison or in a local facility prior to delivery to the state prison.”

The “certain prisoners” are those convicted of non-violent felonies or those convicted of felonies that are not considered to be serious.

Section 667.5c of the California Penal Code lists those felonies that are considered to be violent and Section 1192.7c list those considered to be serious. Involuntary Manslaughter, the crime that Mehserle was convicted of, is not listed among them.

Patino says that Involuntary Manslaughter is indeed considered to be a non-violent offense but that other factors weigh on the calculation of a state prisoner’s sentence.

“The type of crime committed, the classification of the crime, the time it is committed, the laws in effect at that time, interpretation of the law, etc.”, said Patino.

Due to the classification of being a non-violent felon, Mehserle could walk free in the next few weeks after serving less than one calendar year of his prison sentence.

In Oakland and in Los Angeles, where Mehserle’s trial took place and he is currently being held, reaction to the news of Mehserle’s classification was met with shock and anger among activists and observers of the case.

“I don’t know how much more violent you can get than killing someone!” said Tiah Starr, an organizer with the October 22nd Coalition against Police Brutality, one of the founding organizations of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant.

“It’s insane that he only did a year in jail and Oscar Grant is dead… it just makes no sense to me,” said Starr.

Sheilagh Polk, a former Los Angeles resident who moved to Oakland four years ago, felt that the charge of Involuntary Manslaughter never should have been an option. “Mehserle… should have been convicted of Second Degree Murder; he pulled out his gun, cocked it, pulled the trigger and executed an unarmed, young Black man with full confidence that he would get away with it. And he did,” she said.

Davey D, a journalist and 20-year resident of the Bay Area, felt that the non-violent designation was just one more indicator of the justice system’s failure to work for African Americans. “At the end of the day, this is just a repudiation of Black life,” he said. “That’s what this all boils down to — the verdict, the picking of the jury, the sentencing — this is all a refusal to acknowledge and see Black life as something that is valuable.”

Whenever the sentencing review hearing is held, Patino says, as a matter of policy the CDCR will not release the specific date and time of Mehserle’s release. “It’s for the safety of the inmate, our employees, and many times, the public,” he said.

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