This project from the team at PBS News Hour collects diverse opinions on the state our union, what we are most concerned about this year. Anyone can submit and those submissions are punctuated by more formal pieces by PBS News Hour. Our friend at PBS Mike Fritz created a piece on our very own Richard Ross, ‘More people engaged in finding solutions rather than blame.’
‘”It’s very painful to see your big sister get slaughtered,” said the 10-year-old brother of Hadiya Pendleton, relaying his devastation at the murder last month of the 15-year-old African American high school student in Chicago,’ Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Socialist Worker. What it follows is a powerful article on gun violence in Chicago and the call-to-action happening there in the wake of the death of Hadiya Pendleton, a young woman shot and killed in a park on the south side of Chicago. Marches and petitions to the governor and president are just the beginning of efforts to get more programs in place to alleviate the poverty and unemployment that plagues the Black and Brown neighborhoods in the city and in turn leads to violence. Really cool? Many of these efforts are being led by 17-year-olds committed to seeing change in their stomping grounds.
If the above article got you a riled up, then here is your opportunity to express those emotions: Uproar Chicago is a project accepting audio submissions from Chicagoans that express, in one sentence, “how we feel about what’s happening in our city… share how you feel about what’s happening in our city with respect to violence.” The site has a number that you can call and leave a voicemail and it’s open from now until the 17th of February. Responses will be compiled and shared with the mayor and others. If you’re not from Chicago, still go check out Thunderclap, which dubs itself the “first-ever crowdspeaking platform”– but really it brings together good causes with social media with the theory that our tweets can do more than spew #nonsense.
Did you know… that Nelson Rockefeller, former New York Governor, was a believer in drug-rehab and alternatives to incarceration until one day he did a complete 360 and allegedly stated, “For drug pushing, life sentence, no parole, no probation.” Brian Mann, the author, writes, “That was the moment when one of the seeds of the modern prison system was planted.”
Gabrielle Nygaard introduces a new report from the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law that asserts that children are different from adult offenders and that this notion will guide juvenile justice reform into the future… We certainly do hope so!
via JJIE: ‘Exclusive Interview with Robert Listenbee, Incoming Head of Federal Office of Juvenile Justice’
In this Q & A between Kaukab Jhumra Smith and the newest, most important face of federal juvenile justice you can get excited that good things are coming for system reform. Mr. Listenbee, who currently heads the juvenile unit at the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, believes that we need to significantly raise our standards of treatment for system-involved kids, that our standards should be, “Is this good enough for my kid? Is this the kind of program I would want for my child if my child had difficulties and needed to be in the juvenile justice system? Do I have the kind of high aspirations for these children – not just that they shouldn’t get re-arrested – but that they should have hopes and dreams, that will give them productive lives and have families and kids too?”
The Short list is published weekly on Friday mornings and is comprised of a brief list of juvenile justice and justice related links to articles, reports, videos and more that are worth a look/read.