Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Video Find of the Day

I was sent notice of these videos by Justice Works. They're all the videos posted under the username unite4justice. They concern a pending Washington State law going by the name of "the gang bill" that would, among other things, establish a database on gang suspects, to be run by the state patrol, that will achieve a very serious ratcheting up and legitimizing of police profiling if it is allowed to pass. It has already passed in the House as HB 2712, it is in committee in the Senate as SB 6608. There is a public hearing TOMORROW, 3:30 PM, Feb. 27, at the Capital Building in Olympia, which may be the only chance to speak out against it in person. Phone numbers to call are listed at the end of video #3. There will be a caravan to the Olympia meeting leaving from the Starbucks at 23rd and Jackson at noon tomorrow.

The point made by Priest Amen in #1 about men harassing youth is solid. Also listen to James Bible's story in #2 about how a false jaywalking charge followed him into adulthood, and don't think it was a fluke. That's how the system is set up, and this horrible law will make it worse.

The bills and legislative reports are available here.

WA Gang Bill - Pt. 1

WA Gang Bill - Pt. 2

WA Gang Bill - Pt. 3

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