#tbt to last week Sooooo since you mofos don’t believe something unless you see it and it’s clear many of you don’t realize how EASY it is to have your VOICE heard on the record at the NYC Board of Corrections (BOC) and City Council, I’ll show you. Here’s a clip of my 3 minute testimony this past Tuesday at the BOC meeting. It starts with me addressing the three board members that actually carry and use their title as Dr. Then I moved on to addressing #bullieswithbadges and truly changing the #culture at #rikersisland. As an #armybrat I knew it was my duty to shed light on the barbaric ongoing behavior and culture within the Department of Corrections. Some people have definitely threatened me before BUT #godsgotme 💯% I fear no man, woman nor child and I definitely don’t fear evil because I’m a #goddess and I am #blessedandhighlyfavored . What you see online is what you get. I also want to show my #brainsurgerysurvivors and others with #invisibledisabilities that you too can get back or into #publicspeaking . I’ve come to realize that when my #brain freezes/pauses it’s OK. Just relax and keep going, YOUR VOICE STILL MATTERS, always in all ways. - Ms. V #socialjusticeactivist #reikiwombpractitioner #energy #hiphop #criminaljusticesystem #endsolitaryconfinement #stockholmsyndrome #crimesofproximity #massincarceration #endbrokenwindowspolicing #cardib #policebrutality
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Incredible Day Spent Celebrating My Brothers Johnny @mrjohnnyperez and Felix @phildog428 Graduation From St. Francis College @sfcny. Selfie With Johnny’s Daughter Jeanise. Special Moments Need To Be Captured... #graduation #commencement #stfranciscollege #blessings #greatness #brothers #love #endmassincarceration #endsolitaryconfinement #formerlyincarcerated
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I’ve worked in this system for over 15 years and I’ve seen how unbalanced the system really is. The judge that presides over your case can make the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor and state prison and probation. This is an unfortunate reality of this Criminal Injustice System. What we need is a diversity of perspective on the bench. We need people from different walks of life , people with rich life experience. We need people who believe in rehabilitation and reconciliation. We need someone who understands mental health. It could make the difference in someone’s life, in their family, and in their community. I’ve known Holly Hancock for over a decade. She is a fellow public defender, she’s a woman of color, she is a mother, she is a friend. I respect her greatly. I admire her courage and her tenacity. I trust her explicitly to preside over a court of law. I can’t say it enough, Holly would be an excellent judge. I’m pleased to say that she received an endorsement from the LA Times today!!!! Great job sis! I’m so proud of you. #latimes #hollyhancockforjudge Now we must do our part. We must get out and vote. We must show up. You can’t complain about the treatment of your cousin or brother or sister in this corrupt system unless you are willing to elect judges who will dispense fair justice. Show up on June 5th and support the candidates that share your vision of justice. @hollyhancockforjudge #hollyhancock #hollyhancockforjudge #losangeles #criminaljusticereform #criminaljusticesystem #schoolsnotprisons #schooltoprisonpipeline #endmassincarceration #endmasshumancaging #endsolitaryconfinement #freeamerica #cut50 #rehabilitation #rehabilitationoverincarceration #publicdefenderchronicles #publicdefender #lalaw #criminaldefense #criminallawyer #blackwomenlawyers #lawyermom #lawmama #blackfeminist #blackfeminism #womanist #womanism #womanist #blackjudges #blackjudgesmatter
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Dinner with Mama Pat of Human Rights Coalition #endsolitaryconfinement #solitaryistorture
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#mayisbraincancerawarenessmonth Exhausted doesn’t begin to describe the brain fog my body is experiencing from not a single day of being still and allowing my brain to recover from the pressures of my daily activities. Balance is key so I’m definitely taking my flex time immediately after City Council today. I’m beat in more ways than one, the sad part is honestly I’ll probably still end up having a business meeting or working in some other way this afternoon simply because there’s always something to do surrounding the movement. Fighting or standing toe to toe with #whitesupremacy is NO JOKE NOR EASY TASK and there’s sooooo many moving parts. When I say get in at your comfort level it’s because we need assistance on every level. - Ms. V #socialjusticeactivist #brainsurgerysurvivor #fuckcancer #wellness #blackliberation #rikers #policebrutality #visionary #minister #visionaryv #mayisbraintumorawarenessmonth #criminaljustice #reentry #endsolitaryconfinement #warriorqueen
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Bret Grote, legal director for the Abolitionist Law Center, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to tell us about his organization’s work and what an abolitionist approach looks like for lawyers. The conversation touches on the impact the Abolitionist Law Center has had in Pennsylvania and the work it’s done on solitary confinement, juvenile life without parole, health care, and more. We talk about political and politicized prisoners and the dangerous but common practice of withholding medicine and treatment in prisons. Bret also shares his thoughts on the election of Larry Krasner as Philadelphia’s new district attorney and the movement to elect “progressive prosecutors.” . . . #abolition #prisonabolition #PIC #prisonindustrialcomplex #podcast #endcriminalpunishmentsystem #buildcommunity #freethemall #abolitionistlawcenter #nojlwop #endsolitaryconfinement #krasner #districtattorney #mumiaabujamal #russelmaroonshoatz #humanrights #politicalprisoners
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Sooooo since you mofos don’t believe something unless you see it and it’s clear many of you don’t realize how EASY it is to have your VOICE heard on the record at the NYC Board of Corrections (BOC) and City Council, I’ll show you. Here’s a clip of my 3 minute testimony this past Tuesday at the BOC meeting. It starts with me addressing the three board members that actually carry and use their title as Dr. Then I moved on to addressing #bullieswithbadges and truly changing the #culture at #rikersisland. As an #armybrat I knew it was my duty to shed light on the barbaric ongoing behavior and culture within the Department of Corrections. Some people have definitely threatened me before BUT #godsgotme 💯% I fear no man, woman nor child and I definitely don’t fear evil because I’m a #goddess and I am #blessedandhighlyfavored . What you see online is what you get. I also want to show my #brainsurgerysurvivors and others with #invisibledisabilities that you too can get back or into #publicspeaking . I’ve come to realize that when my #brain freezes/pauses it’s OK. Just relax and keep going, YOUR VOICE STILL MATTERS, always in all ways. - Ms. V #socialjusticeactivist #reikiwombpractitioner #energy #hiphop #criminaljusticesystem #endsolitaryconfinement #stockholmsyndrome #crimesofproximity #massincarceration #endbrokenwindowspolicing #cardib #metgala
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