~ The Five Most Important Demands from the California Prison Hunger Strike ~

For more than a week, the California prison system has been gripped by the largest hunger strike in its history. Today, campaigners say that some 12,000 inmates continue to refuse food in roughly two-thirds of the state’s 32 facilities.

Number four on their list of demands is: to provide adequate and nutritious food

Too learn more about the list of demands, check out: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-five-most-important-demands-from-the-california-prison-hunger-strike-20130716

~ Author Says Black People are Like Chickens Being Fed into the Prison Industrial Complex ~

This particular author compares the ways that chickens are processed and raised to the conditions and conditioning that chickens have received in this country.

“Chickens have been mentally conditioned that they can’t fly, and/or don’t have the ability to engage in prolonged flight, or are fattened to the point that their wings can’t support their weight.  Subsequently, they spend the majority of their life walking the grounds subjected to the will of their farmer.   THEY HAVE BEEN DOMESTICATED!  The farmer controls the farm and has constructed a chicken coop to warehouse his commodity, the chicken.”

You can read more here: http://www.blackbluedog.com/2013/07/news/author-says-black-people-are-like-chickens-being-fed-into-the-prison-industrial-complex/

~ White People Who Kill Black People in “Stand Your Ground” States are More Likely to be Cleared of Murder ~

There was a study which used FBI data on homicides between 2005-2009, which proves that White people are more likely to be acquitted for killing Black People in the “Stand Your Ground” states. 

Read more about this study here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363939/White-people-kill-black-people-Stand-Your-Ground-states-354-likely-cleared-murder-Fresh-questions-self-defence-law-wake-Zimmerman-verdict.html

~ Marissa Alexander Case in Spotlight After Zimmerman Trial ~

Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had a protective order — and two stepsons. No one was injured, but she was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years.

To read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/marissa-alexander-case-in-spotlight-after-zimmerman-trial/2013/07/15/6030be5a-ed5c-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html

~ Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Police Revenge Led to Miscarriage of Twins ~

When Glennese Smith Scott, 33, of Natchez, Mississippi reported deputies at the Adams County Jail for mistreatment of inmates in 2003, she was speaking out against injustice and trying to raise awareness of the inhumane conditions that many African-American inmates face in a legal system riddled with racial disparities.

But in trying to give voice to the voiceless in a small town arguably still entrenched Mississippi’s “Good ole’ Boy” system, Scott claims that she found herself simultaneously cast as criminal and victim to one of the most heart-wrenching tragedies that can befall a woman –  and has been met with a brick wall of silence and bureaucracy ever since.

For more on Glennese Smith Scott’s story, read here: http://www.techyville.com/2013/04/social-media/womans-lawsuit-claims-she-miscarried-twins-and-had-infection-while-in-police-custody/

~ Willie Jerome Manning’s Second Death Penalty Case Pending ~

Willie Jerome Manning, who won a stay of execution in one capital case, waits to hear if an Oktibbeha County judge agrees he was denied a fair trial in 1996 when he was sentenced to death for the slayings of two women.

The judge has promised a decision by the end of June. The Mississippi Supreme Court will have the final say on whether the death sentence will stand.

Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – Willie Jerome Manning s second death penalty case pending