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2017 Annual Conference – National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

WESPAC Director has been offered a scholarship to represent the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform at this national conference on civilian oversight of local law enforcement. Non-profit professional association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement agencies, practitioners, and supporters

Source: 2017 Annual Conference – National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

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Why has the Israeli occupation lasted so long? It’s good for business.

Michael Friedman reviews Jeff Halper’s book “War Against the People,” where Halper argues Israel has no intention of “winning” the conflict with the Palestinians. It’s protracted state is far too valuable for its international export brand, “In Halper’s view, Israel is an essential partner in this global pacification effort because it has developed such a model and used it successfully against the Palestinians for over 50 years. Governments buy what Israel is selling because it is not only sophisticated and comprehensive, but it has been field tested and shown to work.”

Source: Why has the Israeli occupation lasted so long? It’s good for business.

Posted in Director's Blog, Militarism and Foreign Policy

America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

US prisons may be largely hidden from sight, but their environmental toxicity spreads far beyond their walls.

Source: America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

Posted in Criminal Justice

I Spent 14 Months in Jail Because I Couldn’t Pay My Way Out

A 20-second bond hearing changed the lives of Lavette Mayes and her children because she couldn’t afford bail.

Source: I Spent 14 Months in Jail Because I Couldn’t Pay My Way Out

Posted in Criminal Justice

Killer Drones and the Militarization of US Foreign Policy

In the eyes of many around the world, diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in US foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example.

Source: Killer Drones and the Militarization of US Foreign Policy

Posted in Militarism and Foreign Policy

Maine’s food sovereignty law touted as nationwide first | Sun Journal

Source: Maine’s food sovereignty law touted as nationwide first | Sun Journal

Posted in Environmental and Food Justice

The Real Reason Behind Qatar’s Gulf State Freeze Out | The American Conservative

Officially, the narrative on the split among Gulf Arab nations, between Saudi Arabia and the tiny nation of Qatar, has centered around support for terrorism. The reality of the situation is far more n

Source: The Real Reason Behind Qatar’s Gulf State Freeze Out | The American Conservative

Posted in Militarism and Foreign Policy

Sara Roy · If Israel were smart: In Gaza · LRB 15 June 2017

Person after person told me that growing support for extremist factions in Gaza does not emanate from political or ideological belief – as these factions may claim – but from people’s need to feed their families.

Source: Sara Roy · If Israel were smart: In Gaza · LRB 15 June 2017

Posted in Militarism and Foreign Policy

MESSAGE FROM HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COALITION:

MESSAGE FROM HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COALITION:

DIEGO AÚN PUEDE SER SALVADO DE LA DEPORTACIÓN
Please act now!
URGENT ACTION
Diego and his mother were transferred out of the Orange County Detention Center to a facility in Louisiana. 

 
Make calls to US Rep. Nita Lowey, US Sen. Charles Schumer and US Sen Gillibrand: 
Nita Lowey: (914) 428-1707
Chuck Schumer: (914) 734-1532
Kristen Gillibrand: (845) 875-4585
“Hello my name is __________________. I am calling to ask you to demand prosecutorial discretion to prevent the deportation of Diego Puma Macancela (A#206869185) and his mother Rosa Inez Macancela (A#206869186).” 
 ** They are the only ones who could still act in favor of Diego.
Please act now!!!

 
A rally has also been announced for TOMORROWWednesday June 21st at 2PM at 26 Federal Plaza. 
 
Thank you for your solidarity!
Posted in Blogs, Director's Blog, Frontpage

Ossining High School student Diego Puma-Macancela needs visitors and support!

Hello everyone,

As you know, Ossining High School student Diego Puma-Macancela was picked up by ICE on his prom night.
 
He needs community support and he needs visitors as well as he awaits his proceedings.
 
It is about a one hour drive from White Plains.  Please be in touch with Luis Yumbla with HVCC  lyumbla@hvccoalition.org  if you are able to take the time and schedule a visit with him.  It would be so much appreciated:
 
Friends and Family Visits

Mondays: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesdays: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 am – 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays: Contact Visit Only: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.
Visits shall not exceed 30 minutes.
Posted in Blogs, Director's Blog