Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Treat, don't shoot (the mentally ill)


Information sheet: Heal Mentally ill patients: Don’t shoot them!

 “When the Restoration Center connects mental health, health care and first responders, police fire and medical together there is a huge marked improvement on how our Community Mental Health System can and should work.” (Claude Oliver)

Sad stories

Some 800 people die in jails annually: Suicides, accidental deaths and worse.
Some 20 people die on Washington State's jails each year.

In Benton/Franklin counties, four people were shot in seven months in recent years. The county says they are improving things.

In 2015 Antonio Zambrano -- shot 16 times and killed by police for rock-throwing, but family members reportedly said he was mentally ill and had been denied proper treatment.  It was reported that Zambrano was on the same street corner one year earlier hitting cars with a stick as they drove by.
Marc Anthony Moreno -- In early March 2016: arrested and placed in Benton County jail where he died 8 days later.  His crime, as we can best determine, Marc suffered mental illness and his Father, Brother and Sister desperately pleaded for help from Mental Health providers he was instead arrested and put in Benton County Jail – where he died without proper medical help…

Benton County jail video of mentally ill 18-year-old Mark Anthony Moreno
Died in his cell March 11 after 8 days in custody.

Brad Jensen -- March 26, 2015 10:32 PM (Updated March 26, 2015 10:35 PM)

After his allegedly schizophrenic son was killed during a confrontation with two Pasco police officers, Chris Jensen reportedly spent months thinking about what could have been done differently.
“The former Pasco police officer and city councilman says the local mental health system is broken.” (Claude Oliver)

The Green Party was told the senior Jensen questions the way police use deadly force when dealing with those not of sound mind.
“The voices in Brad Jensen’s head became too difficult (him) to deal with in the months leading up to the July shooting” Oliver
The most recent tragedy likely was a Kennewick Student who reportedly committed suicide about a week ago.

Claude Oliver spoke to the Green Party on April 16, 2018. It’s a systemic problem, he says.

A systemic issue: 
ü  “Jail is not the place to treat a mental patient.”  
ü  As a previous county treasurer, he procured $-millions in PILT money for the county (Payment in lieu of taxes.) They refused to use it to build the desired crisis center.
ü  The county already owns property for the project.

It’s Very bad.
After a 40 plus years … seriously, it is time we build The Restoration Center.”  For fifteen (15) years, Oliver says, he witnessed “brazen prejudice and inferior public policy actions.”  The county kept “ignoring Community Mental Health fixes that resulted in many innocent sick people dying.”    

Saving patients in “melt-down” mode while saving $$

Oliver (A former Benton County Treasurer and Benton County Commissioner) says an integrated treatment center, would save the counties money and save lives.  

“Besides the $15,420,000 in the Benton County Public Safety Fund available, there is an additional $25,858,000 in  the Capitol Projects Fund plus.” Furthermore, “More new millions are on the way from the federal Mental Health Opiates crisis funds as well.”  
·      Oliver says that, in 2007-2008, a Kennewick Businessman offered to build the $15,000,000 joint, Benton/Franklin Consolidated Crisis Response Center for zero cash outlay from Benton and Franklin County: “The offer was sadly abandoned.”
·      “After 10 years and many dying in our Jails, millions in the bank and more new millions on the way, why isn’t everyone a YES!?”
·       “The Restoration Center is truly a first critical step to divert people out of Jail and into community diagnostics stabilization treatment programs.”
“Time is up: Franklin-Benton County discrimination against mentally ill must stop!”

To serve the Mentally Ill -- The Commission must change course!  

Please join us at 1:30, May 3, 2018, in front of the Benton County Justice Center, 7320 W Quinault Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336
This non-partisan message is provided by Green Party of the Mid-Columbia
Other parties and all citizen groups are invited to collaborate.

#bentoncounty #franklincounty, #stateofwashington #mentalillness #policing #restorationcenter #crisiscenter #CCRC #one-stop #failuretotreat #denialofservices, #protest #greenpartynews 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Did Russia really “meddle” with our elections? (Maybe nobody really wanted to know: Excerpts from Jill Stein Letter)

Who really “meddled” in our 2016 elections? Or did anyone? Does anyone really want to know?

Memorably, Senator McConnell stated on Fox News that Russia had committed an act of war by meddling in our elections, yet now, over a year later, Stein points out that “The source code for voting software has never before been examined for evidence of tampering or errors that would compromise an election!”

Incredibly, while some Senators were beating the war drums over supposed meddling in our elections, neither the states involved nor the CIA, FBI and NSA, nor the courts and the White House ever insisted that the code of the red-flag machines be examined. In fact, the states intentionally prevented this from happening, using various legal and stonewalling techniques.

Stein’s legal team is still fighting for an accurate, secure and just voting system that is “free from interference by any intruders, whether foreign or domestic.”  Certain governments don’t seem interested in helping the effort.

Now this: Excerpts from a recent Jill Stein letter

At long last, Stein’s team may get to examine the secret voting machine “source code” that controls the actual counting and the tallying of the votes. Maybe.

During the recount, Stein’s team had claimed the right to examine this software under a new, unique Wisconsin law that should have allowed her computer voting experts to check for evidence of human error, intentional interference or tampering by anyone - whether foreign powers, criminal networks, domestic partisans, or corporations that control the voting software. Not surprisingly, the vendors of the voting software used by Wisconsin, Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. and Election Systems & Software, Inc., have opposed Stein’s request and have sought “an unfair confidentiality agreement that would prevent us from communicating with the public about our findings - even if we agreed not to disclose anything proprietary.”

The WEC has been reviewing Stein’s request and the vendors’ response and they expect a final decision “very soon.”

If not granted access to the crucial source code software, and the ability to share our findings with the public, the team will challenge their decision in court.  

“The 2016 election was remarkable for evidence of hacking into multiple voter registration systems, private voting software companies, and local election officials’ computers. That makes it all the more surprising that no one has checked to see whether the hacking extended to the voting software used during the election.
Stay tuned for an update from Wisconsin soon.”

In Pennsylvania
Stein had sought a Federal Court order for a statewide recount, including an examination of voting machine software. The court denied that access in December 2016. That decision derailed the Pennsylvania recount effort, but Stein’s team has challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s complicated recount procedure. The suit also calls for a forensic examination of voting equipment in order to verify the accuracy of the vote. Since Pennsylvania voting equipment is mostly paperless, there is no other option to verify the vote. The case and its appeals are a long way from over, so Greens must keep an eye on this issue.

Activists resisting Pennsylvania’s regressive laws
In addition to the lawsuit, Pennsylvania has grassroots action on election integrity and voting justice. Supporters are working to prevent Pennsylvania from enacting restrictive Voter ID laws, and other disenfranchisement schemes like the wrongful purging of legitimate voters through programs like Interstate Crosscheck. Stein noted a “stunning” legal victory against gerrymandering in a case led by the PA League of Women Voters.

“It’s clear that the struggle for election integrity and voting justice won’t be easy or quick,” Stein wrote, “but it is critical for building a real democracy that our future depends on.”

“Thank you for leading the charge, and for making all of this possible with your initial recount support!”

“It’s in our hands,”

She concludes:

“PS. If you have questions about the recount effort or ongoing election integrity litigation, please take a look at our Recount 2016 frequently asked questions. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please send it to us and we’ll do our best to answer it.”

#Russianmeddling #JillStein #votingmachines  #SenatorMitchMcConnell  

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