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How You Can Help the People of Ferguson September 21, 2014

Donate to Keep the Children Fed

Schools closing in Ferguson due to rioting and violence means many children go without lunch, which may be their only meal of the day.

Donate here.

Donate to the Family of Mike Brown

Mike Brown, the young man whose murder prompted the protests, is a victim of police brutality. Donating to his family will help pay for his funeral and burial expenses, as well as the legal and travel costs of the family’s search to bring justice to their son and punishment to his killer, Darren Wilson.

Donate here.

Sign the petition for the Mike Brown Law.

This law will require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. In a Californian city, this law has been enacted (this happened before Mike Brown was killed.). Crime has dropped by 60% and complaints have dropped by 80%.

If you can’t sign this petition, get your parents or family members to. Don’t just promote it online- take someone to the computer, sit them down, and show them how important this is.

Sign the petition here.

Advocate for the removal of the Pentagon’s “1033 Program.”

This provides local police departments with ‘billions of dollars worth of surplus military weapons at no charge’ (quoted from The Huffington Post). Without such military weapons as tear gas, tanks, and rubber bullets, police wouldn’t have been able to inflict the incredible amounts of violence upon the people of Ferguson as they did. By lobbying for its program’s removal, we can ensure that police brutality the likes of which went on in Ferguson will not happen again.

Sign a petition asking for its removal here.

Sign the Amnesty International Petition requiring federal law officials to be held accountable for violence here.

Send messages of support to Mike Brown’s family here.

Donate to the Ferguson Municipal Public Library and their efforts to support peaceful learning. Learn more here.

Donate to looted businesses in Ferguson. Donations can be made to North County Regional Development Association, 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042.

Support Wellspring Church, who are giving Ferguson’s children a safe place to learn, here.

Get involved with the St. Louis Food Bank here.

Get involved with the Ferguson Fund, counseling for affected residents of Ferguson, here and here.

Tweet @STLCountyPD to demand #JusticeforMikeBrown.

Public pressure needs to be put on the Ferguson Police Department to bring Officer Darren Wilson to punishment. If you don’t feel safe directly tweeting them, you can join in with the hashtag.

Donate to the Legal Support Fund for Ferguson here. Contact them at join@organizemo.org.

Sign the petition to protect citizens and communities from police brutality here.

Read these Tips to Remember When Planning An Action here.

And finally, don’t forget about Ferguson. Remind people that Mike Brown did not deserve to die. Remind them that racism and police brutality are still very relevant and very terrifying, and they must be stopped. Share the news everywhere you can. Remember Mike Brown, and remember Ferguson.

 

Outlawing Capital Punishment March 10, 2013

(Disclaimer: This post is not made because all of Bonsai is opposed to the death penalty. This post is merely pointing out the cons of the death penalty, and was originally a persuasive piece for Mary’s class. Not all of the staff at Bonsai is necessarily opposed to the death penalty, and I do not expect them to be, and if you do not want to be, you shouldn’t either.)

States without the death penalty have had consistently lower homicide rates than states that do in the past 20 years. This shows that the death penalty does not have as large of an effect on rates of crime as it is supposed to, Overall National Murder Rates of Death Penalty and Non-Death Penalty Statesand therefore is unnecessary. The death penalty should be outlawed in the United States of America for this and many other reasons.

First of all, it is very easy to put innocent people on death row. Since 1973, over 130 people have been released from death row because they were proven innocent. At any time, any of these 130 people could have been executed even though they committed no crime. Wrongful accusations are often made just because of bad legal representation, since people who are put on death row usually cannot pay to have a good lawyer to represent them in court. Some other reasons for innocents to be accused are police misconduct, prejudice, wrongful discriminating testimonies, misinterpretation of evidence, and the pressure on officers to solve a case quickly.

Secondly, the death penalty costs a lot more than life in prison. At a median price, executions cost $1.26 million dollars, while life in prison costs $740,000, which is considerably less. In Maryland, capital punishment costs three times more than life in prison, and in California, the law system would cost $11.5 million dollars instead of the $137 million it does if there was no death penalty.

Another thing to consider is that the death row system is highly prejudiced. The victims of murder resulting in executions/death row are overwhelmingly white (77% percent) and over half the time, the people put on death row for these murders are African-American. A study made by the US General Accounting Office found that a defendant was several times more likely to be found guilty if the victim was white. Another report sponsored by the American Bar Association found that one-third of the inmates on death row who were African-American would not have been found guilty if they were white. African-Americans are also treated more harshly during court and are valued less than white inmates during death row.

Furthermore, executing people with mental problems goes against the constitution. However, several people have been put on death row even if they are known to have mental illness. James Colbourn was accused of  murder and found guilty even though he had extreme schizophrenia and was extremely sedated during his trial. He was executed a few years later. Several other people have had similar cases, such as Charles Singleton and Kelsey Patterson. Both men both had known mental illness but were executed anyway.

Lastly, the court accusing people of death penalty can be highly random. Co-defendants on trial for the same crime may receive very different punishments. One might get several years in prison while the other is put on death row. Also, only two percent of people who commit crimes eligible of death penalty actually receive it. Overall, it doesn’t matter what you did — what really matters is where you are, who is prosecuting you, bargaining, and chance.

The death penalty does nothing to help the United States run smoothly, and should be outlawed. The United States will be a much better place to live in if we didn’t kill a person for a person, and we should abolish it for all of these reasons.

 

 

 
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