Cathy Harris News Updates

Cathy Harris News Updates
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Charlottesville and the Battles of History

Santa Monica fitness brand Beachbody is fined $3.6 million over automatic renewals

Cobb County, Georgia Officer in Dashcam Footage: ‘We Only Kill Black People’

HOUSTON OFFICIALS DOWNPLAYED FLOOD WARNINGS AS “FAKE NEWS”

68,000 DOCTORS BRIBED BY BIG PHARMA WITH $47 MILLION TO PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS PAINKILLER DRUGS, ANALYSIS FINDS

IRS REHIRES HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES FIRED FOR FRAUD, THEFT, ABUSING TAXPAYER DATA

IRS REHIRES HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES FIRED FOR FRAUD, THEFT, ABUSING TAXPAYER DATA

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Throwing Away A Lightbulb

USA TODAY PREDICTS: ‘YOU WILL GET CHIPPED – EVENTUALLY’

DISNEY PAID 'AT LEAST' $177 MILLION TO SETTLE #PINKSLIME LAWSUIT OVER ABC NEWS REPORTS ON GROSS MEAT PRODUCT

[Pnews] Oakland Call to Action: Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) - 8/25 and 8/26

[Pnews] Oakland Call to Action: Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) - 8/25 and 8/26

What Rap IS.
What Rap AIN'T.
What Does Imam Jamil Mean to Me?

New Strategies, Moving Forward to Free Imam Jamil

Friday, August 25th from 7-9pm
Oakland Islamic Community Center (OICC)
7900 Oakport St. Suite 4400, Oakland

Saturday, August 24th from 2-4pm
Lighthouse Mosque
620 42nd St, Oakland

With:
Imam Khalil - National Representative - Context and Medical Update
Musa Dan-Fodio - Lead Attorney - Legal Update and Strategies

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tell the USDA: Create a clear and consumer-friendly GMO disclosure standard

Tell the USDA: Create a clear and consumer-friendly GMO disclosure standard


Dear Friend:

Now's our chance! The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on creating its new GMO disclosure standard. Remember, the GMO compromise last summer left a lot of important decisions up to the USDA, and some Big Food and Big Ag companies have been working hard to push the USDA to support their agenda. We need consumers to make their voices heard!
Here are some of the key issues on which the USDA needs to hear from you:
  • Definition of a GMO: This seems obvious, but Big Food thinks it can pressure the USDA into excluding certain ingredients derived from GMO crops from the department's definition of GMOs. Tell the USDA not to fall for Big Food's tricks – consumers want to see ALL GMOs labeled.
  • Ingredient-by-Ingredient Disclosure: Consumers have a right to know exactly what they're eating, which means they need to know which ingredients are derived from GMOs.
  • QR Codes: Tell the USDA that consumers deserve clear GMO labels, not misleading high-tech gimmicks. Since the legislation allows QR codes, the USDA must ensure consumers without smartphones or cell service have access to the same information by placing scanners in every grocery store aisle.
  • Deadline: Consumers have waited long enough for a GMO labeling standard – we must make sure the USDA sticks to its July 2018 deadline.
There's a lot at stake, but if we all take action right now we can ensure that we will have a clear, consumer-friendly GMO disclosure standard for generations to come. Don't wait until it's too late – Big Food and Big Ag are working hard to influence the USDA as we speak. We need to work twice as hard to overcome their deep pockets.
Thanks so much for standing with us again, Friend.
Sincerely,
Katrina Staves
Campaign Manager, Just Label It

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10 Best Cities in America for Black Families To Live

BUSTED: NY RABBI IS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING BLACK ORGANS TO ISRAEL! “I’M A MATCHMAKER.” (VIDEO!)

Black people in a Mississippi county are ‘under a permanent state of siege,’ according to an ACLU lawsuit

Ferguson, Mo., Activists Are Dying and It’s Time to Ask Questions

Traffic Ticket-to-Prison Pipeline: New Report Reveals Racial Bias In California’s Traffic Court System

JEFF SESSIONS WANTS TO BRING BACK LONG MANDATORY PRISON SENTENCES FOR MINOR DRUG OFFENSES

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NEW YORK WILL NO LONGER PROSECUTE 16- AND 17-YEAR OLDS AS ADULTS

[Pnews] Report on Mumia Abu Jamal's Post-Conviction Appeal Act Hearing

Report on Mumia’s PCRA Hearing on Challenge to Appeals based on Bias of former prosecutor, then Supreme Court judge Ronald Castille, April 24, 2017

Rachel Wolkenstein, April 25, 2017


Yesterday, April 24, 2017, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday was the first court hearing on the PCRA (Post-Conviction Appeal Act) petitition that was filed on August 7, 2016 by attorneys Judith Ritter and Christina Swarns. Last June the U.S. Supreme Court issued a precedent-setting decision, Williams v. Pennsylvania, 136 S.Ct. 1989 (2016), holding it is a violation of the due process right to an impartial tribunal free of judicial bias if a judge participating in a criminal appeal had “a significant personal involvement as a prosecutor in a critical decision” in a defendant’s case.

Castille was the elected District Attorney during the preparation, argument and appeal of the 1982 conviction of Mumia for murder and the death sentence to the PA Supreme Court in 1988 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. The legal remedy for this due process violation is to vacate all the denials of the Mumia’s appeals from 1998-2008, and allow Mumia a new appeal of all his legal claims of innocence, the frame-up conviction and denials of his right to trial judge who is not a self-declared racist, an unbiased jury, his right to representation of his choice and his right to self-representation and all other violations of his right to a fair trial.

On April 24 there was legal argument before Judge Leon W. Tucker, who is the supervising judge of the Philadelphia PCRA part of the Court of Common Pleas. He has been a judge since 2005; his wife, Petrese Tucker is the Chief US District Court Judge of the federal district court for the Eastern District of PA. Ronald Eisenberg, who is now a Deputy District Attorney argued for the DA’s office. He was first promoted in the DA’s office to Chief of the Appeals Division in 1986 by newly elected DA Castille. Eisenberg has been the supervising DA on all of Mumia’s cases since then. He argued the Williams case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christina Swarns made the legal argument for Mumia, making the essential point that Williams held that due process is violated if a judge had previously had a significant personal involvement in a critical prosecutorial decision. She stated the Williams holding applied directly to Mumia’s case, that Castille’s name as District Attorney appears on all of the DA’s appeal filings in Mumia’s case. Judge Tucker asked whether the fact that Castille signed off on the DA’s briefs was his significant personal involvement. Swarns said that there is currently no document in Mumia’s case like the one in the Williams case. (Castille authorization of seeking the death penalty against Williams.) But discovery was requested so that the DA’s memos can be check for evidence of Castille’s involvement in Mumia’s case. Tucker asked a second time about whether there is currently a document showing Castille’s personal involvement in Mumia’s case and Swarns repeated the need for discovery.

Additionally, Swarns stated that given the high profile nature of Mumia’s case and that Castille bragged about the number of people he put on death row (a number that included Mumia), Castille would have been directly involved in Mumia’s appeal. Tucker again asked whether to Swarns knowledge, without discovery, was there knowledge of Castille’s direct involvement. Swarns said that there is not, but that was the situation in Williams’ case --- the document with Castille’s signature was found only after the court ordered discovery from the prosecution.

The issue of whether or not there is “jurisdiction” for Mumia’s PCRA petition to be considered was raised by Tucker. This has to do with whether the Williams case is “retroactive,” applying to cases decided before the Williams decision. Swarns explained that it did apply because the issue in Williams was a fundamental component of due process and legal authority supported those cases as being applied to cases initially decided beforehand. Also argued was the reason Mumia’s filing was an exception to the PA law that required post-conviction challenges to be filed within one year (!) of a conviction becoming final. (In Mumia’s case that was 1991, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied to consider his appeal.) Swarns laid out the reasons Mumia case met the statutory exceptions that made his filing “timely.”

Tucker asked what the remedy would be if this petition were granted – was it the restoration of Mumia’s appellate rights. Swarns stated that this was what the Williams case required.

Eisenberg argued for the DA. Most of his argument was the position that the PCRA court couldn’t/shouldn’t consider Mumia’s petition, because the Williams case wasn’t retroactive and his case didn’t meet the “exceptions” to the timeliness provisions. Therefore, he argued, the PCRA court had no jurisidiction to consider the case. And if there is no jurisidiction, there is no discovery and no case. (There are appeals, of course.)

In the course of his argument, Eisenberg stated the timeliness restrictions came from the PA legislature concerns about the costs and work involved in re-litigating these cases. And that in Mumia’s case there were a number of appeals and many legal claims, that re-litigating them would have a huge impact on the court workload, which is why there are these restrictions. Then Eisenberg said that why, “sometime you just have to draw the line.”

Christina Swarns responded, that the standard for due process violations is that they have retroactive application. And that Mumia is entitled to the full protections and relief provided under due process. She invoked Supreme Court Justice Breyer dissenting when the death penalty was upheld in the McClesky case (where it was proven that the death penalty was imposed against African Americans 4x greater than against whites), saying this was “fear of too much justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

Swarns said that this could all be resolved by the judge granting discovery of the DA’s files on Castille’s involvement in Mumia’s appeals. If there are documents showing Castille’s involvement or not, would answer this case.

Judge Tucker ended by saying that he was taking this “under advisement” and he would give his decision at a later time.

Summary comment – Judge Tucker could go any number of ways on this. He could argue fully with the DA and dismiss Mumia’s PCRA for “lack of jurisdiction.” He find jurisdiction, implicitly or explicitly, and require the DA to open its files for discovery of its preparation, argument etc. of Mumia’s appeal from1986-90 to see if there are documents indicating Castille’s involvement. Or Judge Tucker could ask from more legal arguments on any of those issues. Judge Tucker is not required to rule on any of this in any specific time period.

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In our fifth year of the Agreement to End Hostilities, it’s time for Gov. Brown and CDCr to recognize our humanity!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Anxiety About Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Is Sweeping Red-State America

Millennials Aren't Just Turning to Crowdfunding Because It's Cool—There's an Uglier Reason |

PAYLESS SHOE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY, WILL CLOSE 400 STORES IMMEDIATELY

My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

Save the Vital Programs of the Violence Against Women Act

New STD has symptoms of gonorrhea

US CREDIT CARD DEBT RISES ABOVE $1 TRILLION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Arrest of 7 crooked Baltimore cops called ‘gangsters’ shocks city

Ben Carson Is A Clown Sock: Says Slaves Were Immigrants Who Worked Really Hard ‘For Less’

Samuel L. Jackson’s Take On Ben Carson’s Slavery Comments: ‘Muthaf***a Please’

TSA'S NEW "PAT-DOWNS" ARE SO INVASIVE, AIRPORTS ARE PRE-EMPTIVELY WARNING COPS TO EXPECT SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

How A Vitamin D Test Misdiagnosed African-Americans

40% OF HOUSEHOLDS IN PHILADELPHIA CAN'T PAY THEIR WATER BILL

The original Wikileaks - Before the Internet

WikiLeaks exposes CIA hacking tools that can be used to spy on people worldwide

Remembering Lynne Stewart, People's Lawyer and Former Political Prisoner

Vampire Webpages Suck Content From Legitimate Progressive News Sites

Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison

Monday, February 27, 2017

Robert De Niro Concerned With Dangers Of Mercury In Vaccines

MARIJUANA INDUSTRY PROJECTED TO CREATE MORE JOBS THAN MANUFACTURING BY 2020

March 1 - National Day Demanding Clean Water in PA Prisons

New release of Black Panther file reveals FBI rigged investigation of murdered policeman

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Columbus police to expand naloxone pilot program

A Police Cover-up Breaks Down in Sacramento

Study Finds Connection Between Living Near Oil and Gas Development and Childhood Leukemia

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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What Trump’s Immigration Policies Mean For Domestic Violence Victims

7 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The Exposure of Backpage.com Poses a Conundrum for Sex Workers

Who Counts as Black?

5 Distinct Ways the Trump Presidency is Rotting Americans' Brains

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