Why it’s important to vote for compassionate Judges this mid-term election

As the elections loom I wanted to share this so folks clearly understand why its important to vote for these judges.. Don’t but into this hype of it doesn’t matter and both parties are the same.. Its total BS and if this happened to your mom.. maybe you’d think twice and try to use your vote as way to disrupt the system at the very least… This comes from a Church member who had stage 3 cancer.. Pay attention to what the judge’s (John Creighton)policy is.. Never to dismiss resisting arrest cases. What does that mean for protestors or folks who wish to ‘discuss’ a ticket with an officer who decides that your conversation was ‘resisting arrest’.. Please think about this.. he also says he wants to start a ‘gang court’

I took my ballot home to do more research on the judges.. cause with bankrupticies, increased parking fines and foreclosures all around us..we need compassionate judges on the bench



I read your endorsement of John Creighton and I want to share what he did to me. He is
not the right candidate to elect as Superior Court Judge – far from it.

In 2004, I was a 56-year-old, law-abiding resident of Oakland, had a minor traffic
accident, and when the driver who hit me refused to identify himself and the police did
not come. After many calls to OPD, I was given permission by their dispatcher to drive

I waited ten more minutes, still no police arrived, so I drove home, calling OPD to let
them know I was doing so.

All my calls to the police were recorded and I have the tapes, so there is no doubt about
these facts or my recollection of them.

When OPD arrived at the accident, the driver who hit me said, “she’s not here”. Without
calling dispatch, a sergeant issued an all-points-bulletin against me. At my home, another
officer, even though I begged him to call dispatch, detained me, grabbed me, arrested me,
and I was taken first to Highland Hospital for my injuries, then to jail.

What was a bad afternoon of split second poor decisions by OPD, turned into four years
of hell, and horrendous expense to our city.

In 2005, as monthly court appearances continued, I was diagnosed with Stage 3C breast

After a long struggle to stay alive, four years of litigation in three lawsuits, horrendous
physical and financial damage to me, the case is over. However, I will never forget
walking into court the first day of trial in 2006, holding my coat away from my chest (my
mastectomy was two days before) so I wouldn’t “prejudice” the jury.

I “won” the case – acquitted of the charge of resisting arrest – but truly there was really no
win for anyone.

For two full years before my trial, John Creighton had the tape recordings and facts of
what happened and the authority to drop these charges, yet refused to do so.

His policy to never drop a resisting arrest charge was the only thing that mattered to him.
He deliberately pursued a case with no merit. Neither his own DA assigned to the case,
the settlement judge of the court, nor the facts, could convince him to do the right thing.

Creighton claims to be committed to “reducing backlogs” in our courts, yet caused
four years of waste at taxpayer expense. He claims to want to start a “gang court”, yet
the resisting arrest charge is a common way to hide police misconduct and manipulate
underrepresented people. He is not the right candidate for Alameda Superior Court judge.

(name withheld)

Why are People FANatic About Sports Teams..but will NOT VOTE for the Teams that control their lives?

Paradise the Arkitech

Why are people so FANatic about their meaningless local Football, Baseball and Basketball teams but will NOT VOTE for the team that controls their Jobs, Money, Housing, Education, Air, Water, Food, Transportation, Taxes, Health care, LIVES?

-Paradise Gray of X-Clan-

Words of wisdom from Paradise as we head into the home stretch of the midterm elections… Now there will be some who will cry out that voting doesn’t matter when it really does especially on local levels..We just had a serious police brutality incident in Boston.. what’s the DA gonna do about that?  We have judges who sit on the bench and rule on everything from divorce to parking tickets to you smoking weed. That same judge gets to rule on all those issues or  set  guidelines for a jury  to follow. You don’t think thats important to vote on?

You don’t like the Democrats or Republicans?… There are all sorts of third Party candidates running, why not vote for them and make a showing versus complaining that the two main parties are corrupt?

Below are several voting guides for you to look through.. One of them even allows you to make your own and share it with friends via Facebook and twitter.. Take a look at them. get informed and make a difference.

http://www.smartvoter.org/ Most comprehensive.. has all the races local, state and nationwide

http://www.votesmart.org/voteeasy/ pretty similar.. doesn’t go as deep into local city and town races…This ballot matches candidates to the issues like the death penalty or mandatory prison sentences you feel passionate about

http://theballot.org/ This ballot guide allows you to upload and put out your own..It’s designed for young adults.. pretty dope.



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12 White Cops Beat up 1 Black Skinny Kid in Boston-What’s Going on Here?

Once again the spectre of police terrorism rears its ugly head. Last week it was the police killing un-armed, Pace College football star Denroy DJ Henry in front of scores of friends in Westchester county NY. This week we catch 12 white police officers beating down a skinny 16 year old kid on a college campus. Twice the kids who were filming were told to put their cameras away, as we see more and more police attempted to intimidate those who film. 12 states have passed laws making it illegal to film cops.

Below is footage from two different angles of this 16 year old getting beaten.



Here’s a press release for a press conference and demands in the wake of this beating

Boston, MA – Local Community Organizers and Activists join with clergy and members of the NAACP and National Action Network to address the latest incidents of violence and police brutality.  In light of recent acts of violence as well as the worldwide release of video depicting the Boston Police in an act of excessive force and police brutality committed against a 16 yr. old African-American male, community groups are joining in a call for the Mayor and Police Commissioner of the City of Boston to listen to and implement the suggestions and recommended strategies of the community.

Jamarhl Crawford, one of the organizers of the group stated, “This press conference has been called after repeated attempts and pleas for the Mayor and Commissioner to open the table to new ideas from fresh voices in order to combat all violence in the city, which includes criminal activity, gun violence as well as police brutality.”  Crawford continued, “We have asked publicly at meetings and privately through emails, letters and staff. We have demonstrated our sincerity and commitment through hard work which is documented and cannot be dismissed. We are community members and we have families that live, work, vote and pay taxes in Boston. Each time we are ignored another incident occurs which only highlights the problems and proves the importance and urgency of the message.”

The group calls for Mayor Menino and Commissioner Ed Davis to immediately take the following steps:

A. Reinstate the CO-OP (Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel) as well as create a Community Civilian Review Board and grant both bodies subpoena powers as well as the ability to initiate their own independent investigations.

B. Thoroughly follow through on past public promises in other cases of questionable police actions ie: Police shooting of Manuel DaVeiga (age 19) in which the results of the investigation were promised to be made public and to date have not been released.

C. Commit to a Public Town Hall style Community meeting to discuss the relationship between the Boston Police Department and communities of color in order to promote healing and restore public faith.

D. Implement the recommendations of MAMLEO (Mass. Assoc. of Minority Law Enforcement Officers) which include 1) appointing officers of color to positions of authority within communities of color as well as 2) utilizing officers of color in both the police and public response to high profile crimes in communities of color.

Contact: Jamarhl Crawford cell: 617-297-7721   email:  blackstonian@verizon.net

Here’s video of community response to this beating

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150110311798452&ref=mf pt1

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150110347563452&ref=mf pt2


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