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Crushed Hopes and Empty Chairs: A Letter to Merced Law Enforcement Officials

Posted October 27, 2016 by We'Ced

I understand officials have lives of their own or may have pre-scheduled events, but notifying the community of your absence would be the respectful thing to do, especially when you claim to want to be transparent with the community.

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Q&A: Prop. 57 Offers Promise of ‘Hope and Opportunity’ to CA Youth

Posted October 24, 2016 by We'Ced

There is nothing “soft” about giving judges the discretion to make decisions. It is fair. Prosecutors have a problem with losing their power, which is why they are so opposed to this bill. Too much power in the hands of prosecutors is not a good thing. Additionally, prosecutors generally do not have any insight when it comes to rehabilitation. If judges have discretion, sentencing would look a lot different because they are not solely focused on convictions like prosecutors are.

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Second Chances are the key to stopping Mass Incarceration.

Posted July 30, 2016 by We'Ced

My uncle was incarcerated at the age of 14 and he has never come back home. A crime landed him in the prison system right after he was released from Y.A.

This is the reality of so many young people, and we are not doing enough to change this.

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We’Ced Weighs In: Reactions to the Stanford Rape Case

Posted June 10, 2016 by We'Ced

This case makes me incredibly angry. That should not be happening at all. I’ve seen the petitions to have the judge removed and I’ve signed one. I think it’s disrespectful to the victim and all women. It’s telling the public and the U.S. that women don’t matter and victims don’t matter. It’s frustrating. I hope that the case goes to an appeal because he already appealed his case. I’m pretty sure that maybe he might get a longer sentence. Its ridiculous. It’s a case of white privilege. A mix of white privilege and rape culture.

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Black Lives Matter and the Freddie Gray Effect

Posted February 23, 2016 by We'Ced

This is why many people know hundreds of Freddie Grays, as his family’s attorney exclaimed at the funeral. And this is why there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of Freddie Grays in America – young Black men who grew up in poverty, who attended low performing schools, who lived in contaminated communities, and who now have a hard time finding employment, have had run-ins with the criminal justice system, and are harassed by law enforcement.

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