Overcoming the Prison Epidemic

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Baltimore City detention center has made headlines after a scandal revealed the inmates were running the show and had been employing guards to smuggle in cell phones, food and drugs. Mother Jones recently produced a list of the top 10 worst prisons and the horrors that occur within their walls. In Louisiana, one in 86 adults is in prison. After release, ex-offenders are 38 times more likely to be unemployed than non-offenders.

Violence in prisons is nothing new; any TV show from OZ to The Wire will tell you that. In 2003, Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act, …read more

You can help end the death penalty in Maryland

Maryland state legislators are closer than ever to repealing the death penalty. According to Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller, they are a mere two votes shy of overturning the current death penalty law, which O’Malley, calls “not very effective.”

In 2006, the execution of prisoners was halted after the Court of Appeals ruled that Maryland’s procedures for the death penalty had not been properly adopted. To date, new rules have not been implemented. Additionally, having a death penalty means that we risk killing innocent people. The Innocence Project – one of Campaign Consultation’s Give …read more

Turning Tragedy into Action

Today marks the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed 6 people, wounded 12 others, and critically injured former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. To mark this tragic day Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched Americans for Responsible Solutions. Their mission is to ‘encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them.’

In the powerful op-ed that Giffords and Kelly wrote for US Today they state, “In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our …read more

What if in the 2012 Election…?

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Despite all of the ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns, celebrity pronouncements that voting is hip, and hype that surrounded this tight presidential race, voter turn-out for this election declined compared to the 2008 election. In 2008, 131 million people voted, while this year so far 126 million voters are estimated to have turned out. For many of us the right to vote is fairly new for our gender, age group and/or race. The theories on why people fail to exercise their right to vote are as many as the numerous ‘what if?’ scenarios proposed after the election.

So …read more

Does the End Justify the Means?

You may recognize him from his role in the movie ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ but in real-life Russell C. Means played a much more important role. Mr. Means led numerous high profile protests that called attention to the injustices experienced by indigenous peoples in the U.S. including, but certainly not limited to:

Organized an occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Attacked the Cleveland Indians baseball team mascot which he viewed as “racist and demeaning” Coordinated an Indian prayer vigil on top of Mount Rushmore to highlight the Lakota tribes claims to Black Hills land Led a 71 day …read more

States Stand Up for Same-Sex Marriage

In less than 60 days, citizens in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State will vote on marriage equality.

If it passes, they will join the eight states and the District of Columbia that currently permit same-sex marriage.

However, the federal government does not yet recognize gay and lesbian marriages and some states are calling foul.

Vermont, New York and Connecticut filed an amicus brief arguing that the federal government cannot “unmarry” gay couples who are wed in states that sanction same-sex marriage because “states regulate marriage and …read more

Update: Delhi Charter School Ordered to Cease Pregnancy Test on “Suspect” Students

Yesterday, we shared a controversial policy implemented by Delhi Charter School. This Louisiana school’s policy requires girls who are “suspected” of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. If the pregnancy is confirmed or student refuses to be tested, she is then kicked out of the school.

Here is a brief update on the policy: Last night, state officials from the Louisiana State Department of Education ordered the school to “change the policy within a week or face sanctions.”

According to an article in The Guardian, the school did not have an immediate response to the demand, however, the principal, …read more

Update: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open Indefinitely

Last week we posted about the temporary injunction of a Mississippi law that would require the state’s sole abortion clinic to close.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ruled that the injunction will remain in place while he considers more evidence – meaning the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can stay open until he reaches a final decision. Judge Jordan did not indicate when that would be.

Read more about the case

 

Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

Campaign Consultation, Inc

Marylanders Advocate for Marriage Equality

On February 13th, more than five hundred advocates from across the state of Maryland joined in front of the State House in Annapolis to lobby for passage of Senate Bill 241 and House Bill 438, which would ensure marriage equality. Governor Martin O’Malley spoke eloquently about the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples, making history as the first sitting Maryland governor to appear at a pro-LGBT Lobby Day rally. Chants of “O’Mal-ly, O’Mal-ly” resonated throughout the square as he took the stand. Other speakers who voiced their support for marriage equality were Delegate Ben Barnes (Democrat-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s …read more

The Prop. 8 Debate Continues

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Last week Proposition 8, a 2008 voter passed initiative in California placing a specific ban on marriage between two people of the same sex, was overturned by a federal appeals court panel. Proposition 8 was found to be unconstitutional by two of the three judges on the panel.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” said Judge Stephen Reinhardt, one of the judges …read more