Symbols & Systems Worthy of our People: Forum #1
In this panel discussion: Michael “Quess” Moore uses Take Em Down NOLA’s win as an example of how people power can bring about change, Malcolm Suber presents the people’s assembly process and ten point program for 2017-2018, and Angela Kinlaw informs leaders on how they can engage in the work.
On June 3rd, the People’s Assembly proposed a platform to demand for better working conditions, higher wages, affordable housing, improved public transportation, quality public education for our children, and affordable healthcare. The People’s Assembly has turned the corner from phase 1 to phase 2 and “is now working to do active outreach in making sure everyone truly understands the agenda and is part of the process of making it a reality.”
The New Orleans Peoples’ Assembly Fight Back Manifesto 2017-2018
-We oppose all forms of jail and prison expansion
-We oppose the current DA Cannizzaro who must be removed from his position
-We oppose imperialist wars that suck the tax payer’s resources from being proactively interested in the well-being of humanity
Instead, we DEMAND the following:
1) Year-long jobs, recreation, mental health services for youth and adults, and an adult public jobs program of at least 10,000 public jobs with livable wages of NO less than $15/hour
2) Rent control and a roll back on taxes, pre-Katrina levels for households under $75,000
3) 100% funded relocation of Gordon Plaza residents who live on life threatening toxic land that is too dangerous for human life. Most environmental issues are human made and must be corrected and prevented.
4) “The Hospitality Workers Bill of Rights” to be City Approved and Honored in Practice
5) Full Funding and building of 40,000 homes for former residents of New Orleans pushed out of the city by the aftermath of Katrina
6) Fully funded, quality community controlled public schools
7) Improved and timely 24 hour RTA bus routes, especially in New Orleans East and Algiers, with improved bus stops that provide adequate seating and protection from inclement weather, along pot hole free streets
8) Full funding or building of 100 (24 hour) community based child care centers across the city
9) New Orleans to serve as an official sanctuary city, so that all residents are safe from all forms of state sanctioned violence, or deportations, and where traffic/profiling cameras are abolished
10) Full accountability (includes consent decree) for all police who operate in Orleans Parish
“Our ultimate goals are the same: believe survivors, and get them justice - whatever that looks like for them” -Kristen Crain
12m30s Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC) is a coalition of survivors of sexual violence and their supporters who are focused on collecting data on New Orleans’ criminal justice system’s neglect of of sex crimes. To follow up after a press conference they held last Friday on the steps of the DA’s office, Kristen Crain of JSRC is speaking to us at WTUL News and Views.
This piece contains mature and potentially triggering content, and it may not be appropriate for all listeners. Please be aware that our guest is a survivor of sexual assault, speaking about her experience in the New Orleans criminal justice system.
Sexual assaults have historically been ignored and under-reported by the New Orleans Police Department, and in 2015, the Office of the Inspector General investigated this neglect. According to their report, officers charged with investigating sex crimes had failed to follow up on 86 percent of nearly 1,300 assault cases from January 2011 to December 2013. One sex crimes detective claimed to have cleared the backlog of rape kits, with all collected DNA samples sent to the lab for processing, but the investigation revealed that samples hadn’t left NOPD premises. Another detective stated that she didn’t even believe “simple rape,” the legal term for rape which takes place under circumstances of extreme inebriation and unconsciousness, was a crime.
A press statement issued in June of last year asserted that over 300 neglected cases were being given a comprehensive review by a special police task force, and that they “completely overhauled the Special Victims Section.” NOPD’s sex crimes unit moved from the police station to the Family Justice Center, a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. In an interview for Antigravity Magazine in 2016, Amanda Tonkovitch, who operates out of the Family Justice Center, said she felt the reforms had been successful, “That the detectives that are investigating sex crimes are in the same building as advocates keeps them both held accountable… Every other week the police bring their cases to advocates at the FJC, such as social workers, counselors, nurses that are doing the evidence collection, and the District Attorney’s Office all review their cases and make sure survivors are getting the support they need.”
However, in 2017, the criminal justice system’s neglect of sexual assault cases made headlines again; this time the spotlight is on the District Attorney’s office. In April, New Orleans’ District Attorney, Leon Cannizzaro, came under fire when Charles Maldonado of the LENS NOLA reported on the DA’s office using fake subpoenas to pressure witnesses to talk to them, and Court Watch NOLA called DA Cannizzaro out for arresting victims of sexual assault in order to force them to testify.
Two weeks ago the CAN Cannizzaro campaign launched a movement to recall the DA for these offenses. The lead organizer stated, “Confidence, trust and transparency in our criminal justice system has been eroded by the unethical and fraudulent activity of DA Cannizzaro. This abuse of power through false documents and bullying victims is appalling and we must stand together and demand an end to this type of behavior. Our community deserves better than this.”
The message about Cannizzaro jailing rape victims is such a stark contrast from what survivors know of him: that Cannizzaro routinely turns down sexual assault cases. A recently formed coalition of survivors of sexual assault and their supporters, including Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC), Amplify NOLA, and the LGBT Community Center held a press conference this Friday to talk about the problems survivors face in this community.
Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC) is a coalition of survivors of sexual violence and their supporters who are focused on collecting data on the criminal justice system’s neglect of of sex crimes, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of rapists being convicted. They are asking for support as they bring to light the shocking and sad details of the way the criminal justice system treats those it’s charged to protect. To follow up after a press conference they held last Friday on the steps of the DA’s office, Kristen Crain of JSRC is speaking to us at WTUL News and Views.
For more information, assistance, or resources:
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Crescent House Healing & Empowerment Center Crisis Line
New Orleans Family Justice Center
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault
Women with a Vision
Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC)
LGBT Community Center
Learning Good Consent https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz3ZOITO-pbBVnFzbkMzb2JWbDA
Hold Your Breath: Refusal to Report Sexual Violence Isn’t Just About Stigma – Antigravity Magazine http://www.antigravitymagazine.com/2015/01/hold-your-breath-refusal-to-report-sexual-violence-isnt-just-about-stigma/
AG Report on Sexual Assault in New Orleans – Antigravity Magazine http://www.antigravitymagazine.com/2015/11/ag-report-on-sexual-assault-in-new-orleans/
Charles Maldonado recently reported on the District Attorney, Leon Cannizzaro, using fake subpoenashttp://thelensnola.org/2017/04/26/orleans-parish-prosecutors-are-using-fake-subpoenas-to-pressure-witnesses-to-talk-to-them/
Court Watch NOLA called DA Cannizzaro out for arresting victims of sexual assault in order to force them to testify: Court Watch NOLA’s 2016 Criminal District Court Annual Report continues to be cited in support of a City Council resolution adopted to urge the District Attorney to stop the practice of incarcerating crime victims for failing to testify for the prosecution. Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Jr. also published a letter in The New Orleans Advocate in response to CWN’s report. WWLTV Channel 4, WWL Radio, Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, New Orleans Advocate, and Associated Press reported on the resolution, which passed 6-1. Two additional New Orleans Advocate articles recently cited CWN’s report, written by Victoria Coy, Executive Director of Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition, and Matt Sledge, along with Ken Daley of Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.
On Thursday May 11, 2017 - New Orleans residents opposed to jail expansion and criminalizing mentally ill people voiced their concerns at a City Council Criminal Justice Committee hearing.
New Orleans is the world’s most incarcerated cities and has struggled for years to reduce it’s jail population. While the City and residents had reached an agreement a few years ago to cap the jail size at 1,438 beds, 2 new proposals on the table would increase the number of beds by about 300. Approximately 100 of those beds are slated specifically for inmates who have difficult to treat mental illnesses.
A recent article published in the Times Picayune describes the many challenges that would need to be overcome in order to provide appropriate care to mentally ill inmates. 1 in 3 New Orleans inmates take mental health drugs, jail monitors say
Those who attended the meeting in the City Council Chamber heard the proposals and then weighed in. Their voices are captured in the selected audio that has been edited down to 30:30.
Note: The full 2hr38min video is available for viewing here
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