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Sin Barras Comic: Bigger Jail, No Strings Attached?

Our very own Noah Miska made another comic!

Now it’s your turn–tell our Supervisors that Santa Cruz doesn’t want $24 million to build a bigger jail! Our County should not be investing more resources in a system that targets poor families and families of color.

Sin Barras Comic: Bigger Jail, No Strings Attached?

Let’s uplift our community by taking action and spreading the word! — http://bit.ly/OKtiBD

Photos: Sin Barras Speakout + March | No More Deaths! No Mas Muertes!

by Bradley Allen | IndyBay
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Photo: A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the clock tower stating, “Invest in schools and mental health. Not Prisons!”

tash + courtney Tash and Courtney of Sin Barras.

mari + marissaMari and Marissa of Good Samaritan Mobile Medics Unit.

mc chrisOur MC, Chris!

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Cafe HUFF (Homeless United for Friends & Freedom) tabling literature and coffee from India Joze

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Warren, a local homeless, speaking upon inhumane conditions inside Santa Cruz County Jail and police brutality against homeless communities.

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Kati, once a silent victim of incarceration, talks of what it’s like to be a child of an incarnated parent.

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Community supporters in Downtown Santa Cruz on Pacific Ave.

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The Brass Liberation Orchestra a.k.a. the heartbeat of our march!

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Maggie, of our bike brigade, ensuring a safe march.

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Becky Johnson, one of the Santa Cruz 11 and an organizing member of HUFF, speaks on local issues of homeless criminalization and abuse.

Homeless Mother Imprisoned For Sending Kid To Better School District, Charged For Stealing Free Public Education

 

  • Tonya McDowell also admitted selling drugs and was given a combined sentence of 12 years
  • Judge ruled she must serve five years and then a further five years on probation

 

By GRAHAM SMITH
UPDATED: 10:21 EST, 1 March 2012

A mother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison.

 

Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport.

 

The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year, said she wanted the best education possible for the boy.

 

 

Jailed: Tracy McDowell pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district and has been sentenced to five years in prisonJailed: Tracy McDowell pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district and has been sentenced to five years in prison

 

 

 

McDowell last week entered her plea at Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, which means she does not admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict her.

 

Authorities told the hearing that she used a babysitter’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk when he should have attended schools in Bridgeport, her last permanent address.

 

Her case drew national attention and support from civil rights leaders and other advocates who wanted the charge dismissed.

 

 

Good intentions: The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged last year, said she wanted the best education possible for her sonGood intentions: The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged last year, said she wanted the best education possible for her son

 

McDowell told police she was living in a van and occasionally slept at a Norwalk shelter or a friend’s Bridgeport apartment when she enrolled her son Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School.

 

Police said McDowell stole $15,686 worth of ‘free’ educational services from Norwalk.

 

She also pleaded guilty to four counts of sale of narcotics, which will be included in her prison sentence.

 

In a separate case, she pleaded guilty on February 7 to selling drugs.

 

 

Sign: The school in Norwalk, Connecticut, at the centre of the controversySign: The school in Norwalk, Connecticut, at the centre of the controversy

 

 

School: Brookside Elementary, where Ms McDowell 'illegally' sent her sonSchool: Brookside Elementary, where Ms McDowell ‘illegally’ sent her son

 

McDowell’s lawyer, Darnell Crosland, said she agreed to accept a plea bargain rather than continue fighting the charges even though she insists she is not guilty.

 

Mr Crosland said: ‘You shouldn’t be arrested for stealing a free education. It’s just wrong.’

 

McDowell was sentenced to 12 years in jail, suspended after she serves five years, and five years probation.

 

Guantanamo force-feeding kit. (Source: Pentagon/Wikimedia)

Obama promised to close Guantánamo. Instead, he’s made it worse. – Murtaza Hussain – The Guardian

“That this increasingly draconian reality at Guantánamo has occurred during the tenure of Barack Obama, a man who based his very election in part on a pledge to close the prison, is a tragic irony, … Barack Obama has ensured that the prospect of freedom will remain as remote as ever.”

 

Disappearing Persons

Two women show the portrait of a missing man on February 25, 2013 in Guatemala City, on the Day of the Dignification of Victims, which commemorates the anniversary of the publication of the Truth Commission’s report. The 1999 UN report signaled that more than 200,000 people died or disappeared during the 36-year conflict (1960-1996) in Guatemala and held Guatemala’s Army responsible of 93 percent of the crimes. The former US-backed dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture and displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians, a judge has ruled on January 2013.

[Credit : Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images]