This is why we vote. This is why we speak up. And this is why we don’t give up. Progress in a democracy can be slow and an uphill battle. We acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate the wins for just a moment, then we put our heads down and go back to doing the work. This is a step in the right direction.
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In his latest rebuke of the Trump administration, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday that bans private prisons and immigrant detention facilities from operating in California.
AB 32 will prevent the state from entering into or renewing contracts with for-profit prison companies after Jan. 1, 2020, and phase out such facilities by 2028. The bill earned final approval from the Assembly on Sept. 11 by a vote of 65-11, a day after it cleared the Senate.
The move, hailed as a major victory by advocates for criminal justice reform and immigrant rights, lets Newsom fulfill a promise to “end the outrage that is private prisons in the state of California once and for all.” Private prisons are a multibillion-dollar industry in the U.S. and are currently operating in 27 states. While they hold less than 9% of all state and federal prisoners, the vast majority of immigrants detained for deportation are held in for-profit facilities.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation contracts with the Florida-based GEO Group to run four private prisons in Kern and San Bernardino counties that can hold up to 2,400 inmates. Those contracts will expire by June 2023 and can’t be renewed or extended under the new law except to comply with a court-ordered population cap to reduce overcrowding in public facilities.
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Colin Kaepernick limbered up on a high school field after his NFL workout was suddenly moved Saturday, the latest strange twist in the saga for the exiled quarterback.
Just 15 minutes before Kaepernick was scheduled to work out for 25 NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch, his representatives announced the session had been moved 60 miles away to a high school in Riverdale. The stunning move seemed to catch everyone off-guard and came about an hour before the rescheduled workout was set to begin, putting many in scramble mode. #knowyourrights#stillhashisarm#takeaknee#colinkaepernick
Flashback to last year’s summit! The room was buzzing with energy in anticipation for performances and open mic. We can’t to see what’s brought to the stage this year on 12/14 at our 2nd annual #KnowYourRights youth summit! Register by 12/1 at tinyurl.com/kyrtacoma or at the link in our bio. Bring your energy, your voice, and your talents! #Tacoma#PugetSound#KYRTacoma19#Youth#Summit
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Fingers crossed it will pass the Senate 🤞. The VA policy, however is pretty upsetting. #knowyourrights#Repost@uncanna with @make_repost
Well, there it is. The House Judiciary Committee has posted a markup date for HR 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. Members of the Committee will consider the bill on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, and they will likely hold a vote at that time.
Veterans, review the VA Cannabis policy at the link below. Things they don’t tell you. 1- Your 2A rights will be affected ie no purchase/ccw. 2- If employed by a cannabis company, you will be denied your right to use the VA home loan you were entitled to. 3. We’re not lawyers, there could very well be other traps. Conduct your own due diligence, and make smart decisions, but always #OptNatural 🇺🇸 https://www.publichealth.va.gov/marijuana.asp
We’re looking forward to the normalization of cannabis as a whole, furthering research, medicinal applications, and effectively improving access to non-intoxicating cannabinoid extracts.
SOURCE: @natlnorml https://blog.norml.org/2019/11/18/urgent-biggest-marijuana-news-of-the-year/