@FLGovScott delights in more Amazon.com jobs … #LetsGetToOverwork

If the jobs coming to Florida are typical Amazon jobs, Rick Scott’s excitement over them is on Amazon’s behalf alone (as the final sentence of his press release hints), not his constituents’ … his constituents can expect this, and this. And more.

Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos oppresses for success – so Scott wanting his business to succeed is quite suspect in and of itself. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Bezos accepted ridiculous incentives to open additional operations here, incentives that make Floridians pay – dearly – for the privilege of being underpaid and overworked.

Governor Scott Announces Amazon’s Expansion of 2,000 New Jobs in Florida

On August 3, 2015, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Amazon.com, Inc.’s expansion of 2,000 new jobs in Florida at their fulfillment centers in Lakeland and Ruskin. Amazon’s fulfillment centers currently employ more than 2,000 Floridians.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am excited to announce that Amazon is expanding in Florida and adding more than 2,000 new jobs, which will more than double their current Florida workforce in less than a year. We have worked hard to create a pro-business environment that encourages growth and innovation so companies like Amazon can succeed. ”


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UK under @David_Cameron more tightly embraces @POTUS’ #FewLivesMatter worldview

Reprieve +44 (0) 207 553 8161
For immediate release: Mon Aug 3, 2015

UK Government to scrap Death Penalty Strategy
The British Government will not renew its Strategy for working to end the death penalty around the world, international human rights organisation Reprieve has been told by the Foreign Office (FCO).
Reprieve also understands that the Government plans to abandon the term ‘countries of concern’ when assessing the human rights records of states such as China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Although a formal written statement has not yet been made, Reprieve has received verbal confirmation from the FCO of the proposed changes, and has written to the Foreign Secretary, urging him to reconsider.
The UK’s Strategy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty has been in place since 2010, and was last year cited by Foreign Minister David Lidington as the mechanism by which the Government was pursuing its “firm goal” of “global abolition of the death penalty.”
In its letter to Philip Hammond, Reprieve points out that any “retreat from the fight for global abolition” could be “disastrous” at a time when countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are seeing a surge in executions.
Reprieve also notes concerns that UK support for counter-narcotics operations abroad is leading to increased numbers of death sentences for people accused of non-violent drugs offences.
Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve said: “At a time when executions in countries around the world are spiking, it is alarming that the Government is ditching its Strategy on the death penalty. With Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran all executing at a rate we haven’t seen for years, the UK’s move will send the wrong signal. The worry is that by doing this, and softening its language on countries which abuse human rights, the Government is seeking to unburden itself of important obligations. It is vital that the Foreign Secretary thinks again.”

Notes to editors
1. For further information, or to request a copy of Reprieve’s letter to Philip Hammond, please contact Reprieve’s press office: clemency[DOT]wells[AT]reprieve.org.uk
2. For FCO minister David Lindington’s comments on the death penalty strategy see Hansard, 28 Feb 2014: Column 527W.

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Two thumbs up for @MartinOMalley’s plan for criminal justice reform

Martin O’Malley can’t know everything that activists know, i.e.; that the decisions made in Trayvon Martin’s case were made by a man who spent much of his career laboring to keep frame-ups intact, among other blood-drenched lawlessness … Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who has since retired. But with the data retention and reporting that O’Malleys’ plan calls for, the need to search for the truths told by obscure, untalented bloggers familiar only with certain localities will be greatly diminished. The frame-ups that remain intact courtesy of Wolfinger’s successor, Phil Archer, will begin to crumble … Gary Bennett, Crosley Green, Jeff Abramowski and others will go home. Please share this post to thank O’Malley for a job well done, and to get the word out that reforming our criminal justice system is do-able. Thank you. 00013d 0002Id 0003EB 0004Mg 0005pS 0006vo 0007i2 0008e9 0009m6

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Why #Gunbullies Will Fail to Silence Commonsense Gun Owners, Moms and Newtown Parents

Originally posted on Shot in the USA: Gun Violence After Newtown:


In 2013 the extremism of #Gunbullies has hit a new high. This article reviews how they have tried to silence commonsense gun owners, Moms Demand Action, domestic abuse victims and even the Newtown parents – and why the #Gunbullies will ultimately fail.

#Gunbullies & Commonsense Gun Owners

In the December 2013 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine sanity and #gunsense broke out as Dick Metcalf wrote a column entitled “Let’s Talk Limits“. He was promptly fired along with the Editor of Guns & Ammo, after gun extremists attacked the publisher for daring to print a piece that promoted a commonsense conversation about gun safety.

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@FLGovScott’s PR in lieu of PRosecutions re @FL_Corrections’ #DeadInmates, part 2

Latest Executive Order To Reform Florida Prisons Has Mental Health Focus | WFSU

In his latest Executive Order, Scott called for two independent audits of the prison system to be done. DOC spokesman McKinley Lewis says they’ll be completed sometime in the fall.

via Latest Executive Order To Reform Florida Prisons Has Mental Health Focus | WFSU.


As I had written in part 1 of PR in lieu of PRosecutions, the issuance of Rick Scott’s Executive Order 15-134  followed the announcement that a Grand Jury had failed to indict the officers who beat Matthew Walker to death.

Matthew Walker

I also called into question the credentials of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) – one of supposedly independent auditors Scott names in E.O. 15-134 – for the organization’s seeming revolving door employment of Patricia Hardyman, who was formerly employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons … the other allegedly independent auditor.

What I didn’t know when I wrote part 1 about 15-134 was this: former FDoC Secretary Michael Crews had already engaged the services of ASCA nearly nine months earlier. When I learned that the ASCA was old news, I emailed current FDoC Secretary Julie Jones, complete with the open attachments you see below – Crews press release and letter to the ASCA from last October, and Rick Scott’s Executive Order 15-134.

Rick Scott’s first Executive Order concerning the FDoC this year was nonsense, too; I published my take on it, as well as the take of an anonymous inmate. The mainstream media continues to have a warm, fuzzy feeling for both executive orders, so it seems pretty safe to conclude that Rick Scott and Julie Jones are counting on the mainstream media to keep Floridians stupid, as the death toll continues to mount, and supposed investigations of suspicious deaths go nowhere, including Darren Rainey’s scalding homicide over three years ago, which feds are supposedly investigating.

There were two more deaths this past week, both at Baker Correctional Institution, both “under investigation” … 23-year-old Antonio Gallashaw and 50-year-old Denis Robinson. Julie Jones has not issued a press release about these deaths, and neither has Rick Scott; he instead announced the intent to investigate Planned Parenthood, playing hardline Republican pro-birth politics, which no one with any common sense continues to mistake with being pro-life … if you’re pro-life, you care when corrections officers turn short prison sentences into death sentences.



From: Susan Chandler
Date: July 29, 2015 6:48:49 PM EDT
To: jones.julie@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Subject: FDoC relationship with Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA)

Dear Secretary Jones,

I am writing because I am quite dissatisfied with current portrayals of the Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDoC) relationship with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), and wish to know the truth of Florida’s prison reform intentions, so that I may pass it along as best I can on my blog and via social media.

What Governor Scott portrayed as new in his July 9, 2015 Executive Order 15-134 as regards ASCA involvement with the FDoC appears to be nearly nine months old … a solicitation of ASCA’s involvement with the FDoC was announced in your predecessor’s press release dated October 13, 2014.

On the ASCA’s website, I can find no record of the association doing anything that was described in former FDoC Secretary Michael Crews’ press release, or in his letter to George and Camille Camp.

Please furnish copies, via email, of the audit that ASCA was apparently supposed to prepare at Michael Crews’ request, as well as the Camps’ response to Mr. Crews’ letter of October 10, 2014. I assume that this information is available to you, as you are a member of the ASCA [http://dc.state.fl.us/secretary/bio.html].

Thank you for your time and your anticipated cooperation.


Susan Chandler

Press Release
October 13, 2014

For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Department of Corrections Takes Unprecedented Steps to Ensure Safer Practices and Policies are in Place

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Mike Crews today announced unprecedented steps to ensure safer practices and policies are in place. In the coming weeks, the Association of State Corrections Administrators (ASCA) will review the Department’s policies, rules and procedures related to use of force.  The ASCA will provide a full independent audit of the Department’s policies and procedures through site visits, inspections and evaluations on use of force methods. The ASCA will also identify the Department’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. A report detailing the ASCA findings will be available following the audit. The ASCA is a nationally recognized organization with qualified experts in the corrections profession.

Secretary Crews said: “I look forward to having an independent party review our policies to ensure the Department is taking every step possible to improve our facilities, educate our staff and protect our inmates. In the past few months, I have met personally with staff at each and every one of our 49 facilities and have communicated with clarity that there is no tolerance of the excessive use of force, inmate abuse, inappropriate behavior, or criminal activity by our staff. We should be held to the highest standards of professionalism. An agency-wide review of policies and procedures by the ASCA will help identify any remaining or connected issues and reinforce our zero-tolerance policy for misconduct and commitment to continued improvement for the Department.”

This past summer, Secretary Crews assessed operations, met with leadership and officers and took action on activities that run counter to the Department’s mission of maintaining a secure environment for officers and inmates. Secretary Crews completed his statewide tour of all DOC institutions on September 23, 2014.

Read the Letter from Secretary Crews to the Association of State Corrections Administrators






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Amy Schumer Responds to Call for Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy

Susan Chandler:

If you’re on Twitter, please “favorite” and Retweet Amy Shumer’s response to Christine D. Thank you!

Originally posted on Aware & Fair:

Sarah Clements’ mother was a teacher who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Afterwards, Clements became laser-focused on gun violence prevention. In an open letter to Amy Schumer, she urges the popular comedian and actress to join the cause. It was during a July 23 showing of Schumer’s new movie Trainwreck that the Lafayette, Lousiana theater shooting occured.

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NCADP to join America’s Journey for Justice march from Selma to D.C. on August 1st


“America’s Journey for Justice” To Begin August 1st, Featuring Walk from Selma to Washington, DC

Washington, DC—Today, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced they will join “America’s Journey for Justice,” a nearly thousand-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC, to call for a fairer criminal justice system. NCADP will join coalition partners including the NAACP, the National Action Network, the National Bar Association, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and more. The march hopes to bring attention to and persuade the leadership in Washington to adopt an advocacy agenda that ensures a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, promotes sustainable jobs and living wages; and the need for equitable education.

“We are part of this broad coalition of because we see the need to refocus this nation’s priorities. We must create more opportunity and more fairness– and the result will be more justice,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

“Our focus should be citizen engagement and enfranchisement, jobs that pay living wages, schools that educate all of our children for the future these are things that create safe, healthy neighborhoods and communities. When these important things are ignored, communities suffer.

“Ending capital punishment is a critical part of this equation. The death penalty does not enhance public safety. Murder rates are lowest in the Northeast where we see the lowest number of executions. In contrast, murder rates are highest in the South which carries out the most executions of any region. We need to take a closer look at what works and what doesn’t and take a common-sense approach to improving public safety. That’s what we hope the Journey for Justice will encourage our nation’s leadership to do.”

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty envisions a world with:

Neighborhoods that are safe because we identify and address the root causes of crime and violence.

Compassionate care for all victims of crime.

Accountability for offenders that is just and acknowledges the possibility of self-transformation, grace and redemption.

Dignity of all touched by the criminal justice system including those working in our judicial and prison systems.

Policies that are rational; based on empirical evidence and government accountability.

“The continued existence and use of the death penalty undermines our ability to make that vision a reality,” continued Rust-Tierney.  “It divides us, distracts us and derails us from building that kind of society that respects and values all.

“We are proud to stand with the NAACP and citizens from across the country ready and willing to work to ensure that our country lives up to our values and this nation’s ideals. We are encouraging all our members and supporters to join us and the NAACP on America’s Journey for Justice!”

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Christy Setzer, President
New Heights Communications
(202) 506-6421 office
(617) 512-7572 cell

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