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Ban The Box Harms Black People Who Have Never Been Convicted Of A Crime

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Ban The Box Harms Black People Who Have Never Been Convicted Of A Crime. “That’s why ‘Ban the Box’ (BTB) policies, often touted as reforms designed to help formerly incarcerated people, have had the perverse consequence of hurting black men.” ― Paul Butler, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” Tweet I first learned that BTB harms black people in 2017. I was listening to a podcast (Pod Save the People) and they brought this up for discussion. There were nothing but good intentions surrounding Ban the Box. However, we remember what Coates says about “good intentions” from a past day in black history. Then the data started to flood out. Dr. Jennifer Doleac is the most knowledgeable person in the world on this research. Her peer-reviewed research clearly found that BTB harms black men and women. This policy eliminates the spartan opportunities that already exists for black folk. When BTB gets passed the employment chances for black people evaporate.  BTB does not work, because too many employers assume that a young black male applicant has a criminal past, so they ding their application. Some civil rights attorneys who specialize in employment discrimination have sounded the alarm about this practice.Yet, the box actually protects black people who have never been part of our criminal justice systems. Absent this protection, systemic racism does what it does best and denies a black person a job that they are qualified for, on the basis of their skin.  “Another study from New York and New Jersey found… Read More »Ban The Box Harms Black People Who Have Never Been Convicted Of A Crime

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The Top Five Things To After A Car Accident In 2021

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The Top Five Things To Do After A Car Accident In 2021 After a car accident there is too much happening. You could be in pain or shock. Your dream car could be totaled. You are trying to understand how you got yourself in this situation. That is why there needs to be a checklist of things to do after you were involved in a Phoenix car crash. The number one thing you must do, is get yourself to a safe position, but after that here are five things to do after a car accident in 2021: Check For Injuries This is one of the most important things to do after you are involved in a car crash. You need to do a self-assessment of your body to make sure you did not suffer any bodily injuries as a result of the crash. There are many types of injuries that occur in a car crash. The first one is usually a whiplash injury. The second one is from the air bag. If you feel any of these, you need to get medical help right away. If you are injuries are obvious fellow citizens might tell you to stay calm and wait for help to come. You might want to get control of your personal belongings, if you are able.  Call For Help 911 is the number that you need to call. It is the best thing you can do to ensure you get the help you need. Be prepared for… Read More »The Top Five Things To After A Car Accident In 2021

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Five Ways Police Can Violate Your Rights In 2021

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Five Ways Police Can Violate Your Civil Rights In 2021 Perhaps, for the first time in this nation’s complicated history are law enforcement officials under the microscope. The verdict in the Derek Chauvin case to police officer’s participating in the failed lynching at the Capitol. We saw the havoc our police forces allowed to happen during the #BLMSummer in 2020. With so much pressure and attention there is justified fear that police might be gearing up to violate the rights of fellow citizens. We are going to discus five ways police can violate your civil rights in 2021 in this article. Police Brutality Is One Way To Violate Your Civil Rights Anyone walking on a sidewalk cannot be detained by an officer unless they are suspected of a crime. In law enforcement, suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty and could be detained for over two hours. As a result, #BLMSummer protests were organized around the objective of peacefully standing up to police brutality. The movement used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to bring awareness to the fact that Black Lives Matter begins in the front steps of a cop. With this has come an outcry against the idea of that civilians, not police officers should be afforded the right to use deadly force. For black communities across the country the consequences of fearing for one’s life is no joke. Philando Castile killer was never convicted of the brutality he inflicted upon this man. Sometimes police will allow their police dogs to… Read More »Five Ways Police Can Violate Your Rights In 2021

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The Goal To Be The Best Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer (that I can be)

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Preview Menu Edit Text Editor Widgets Panel Content Style Advanced Text Editor Add MediaVisual Text First Step: Let People Know About Your Phoenix Black Owned Car Accident Law Firm: This is Garrick writing, and the first thing on my quest to become the best Phoenix car accident lawyer is letting the community know I exist. For too long I have been living my life just taking care of my family and not sharing my legal talents with Arizona. I was a former defense attorney and I saw many of the personal injury law firms that advertise on TV up-close and personal. It was that experience that made me want to go into business and create something that would benefit the community: Gamesq, PLC. The problem was that I did not create a marketing plan or business plan. So, I broke everything down and started over. That means being intentional about making Arizona aware of my legal experience, my legal education, and my legal training. In order to protect the community, they need to know I exist. Moreover, they need to understand that I am not a step down, but I am the a high quality lawyer. That when you deal with my black owned law firm, you deal with an attorney and not an army of paralegals. If I don’t tell the truth about my accomplishments then no one is going to know. So, in April of 2021 I started advertising. This is the first time in my legal career… Read More »The Goal To Be The Best Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer (that I can be)

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Semi Valley Is The Most Racist Place In America!

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April 29, 1992 there was a riot in the streets and where were you? Sublime “April 29, 1992” Tweet I was born in 1975. For me, the most racist and corrupt place in America is Semi Valley, California. Even today, I do not understand how those 12 jurors could watch the same scratchy video footage that we all saw, and acquit those four officers. As a trial attorney, I understand that a jury is a proxy for the community. The jury is supposed to represent the values and mores of that community. What that jury told the world is:  black lives do not matter. They told me that black lives are not worthy of justice. The sent a clear message to black America that any police officer can maim, beat, and brutalize a black person and not be guilty of any crimes in Semi Valley.  I was not alive when that jury acquitted Emmett Till’s murderers. I was not alive when towns allowed lynchers to go back to work the next day serving the community as lawyers, doctors, preachers, business owners and everything else. What I saw as a 16 year-old terrified me. That I could co-exist with people who refuse to see the fundamental truth before their eyes: those police officers violated their oath to serve and protect the citizens of their community.   Now that I am in my mid-forties and I understand that President Reagan allowed a whole group of people to be killed, it is only… Read More »Semi Valley Is The Most Racist Place In America!

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Some Examples Of Race Based Housing Discrimination

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“Over the past few decades, we have developed euphemisms to help us forget how we, as a nation, have segregated African American citizens. We have become embarrassed about saying ghetto, a word that accurately describes a neighborhood where government has not only concentrated a minority but established barriers to its exit. We don’t hesitate to acknowledge that Jews in Eastern Europe were forced to live in ghettos where opportunity was limited and leaving was difficult or impossible. Yet when we encounter similar neighborhoods in this country, we now delicately refer to them as the inner city, yet everyone knows what we mean. (When affluent whites gentrify the same geographic areas, we don’t characterize those whites as inner city families.) Before we became ashamed to admit that the country had circumscribed African Americans in ghettos, analysts of race relations, both African American and white, consistently and accurately used ghetto to describe low-income African American neighborhoods, created by public policy, with a shortage of opportunity, and with barriers to exit.” ― Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Our government created policies that were designed and implemented with the specific intent to benefit white people and harm black people. Bruce Western tells us that poverty is violence. Bryan Stevenson informs us that the opposite of poverty is justice. Our government condemned black people to live in violent places that are free from justice. These ghettos are over-policed. In some cities, perhaps, even Tucson, they are… Read More »Some Examples Of Race Based Housing Discrimination

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People With Fibromyalgia In Car Accidents

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People With Fibromyalgia In Car Accidents If you have fibromyalgia you know that a lot of people doubt your struggle. They don’t believe you when they say you have had good days and bad days. They don’t know that your fibromyalgia can be debilitating and sap you of your energy. Leaving you confined to your bed or couch for the day, if you are lucky. It is even worse when you have fibromyalgia and you are a car accident. That is why retaining a car accident lawyer is so important. It is necessary for you to find a Phoenix personal injury lawyer who understands this pre-existing condition and knows how to tell your story so that it is credible and resonates with the fact-finder, be it a jury, arbitrator, claims adjuster, or judge. People Simply Don’t Believe Fibromyalgia Exist: There is a number of good doctors who simply do not believe that Fibromyalgia is a real condition. For some of you, fibromyalgia has ruined friendships, marriages, relationships with loved ones, employment opportunities, and is about to ruin your legitimate car accident claim. Not all Phoenix medical doctors agree on fibromyalgia. So it is very easy for an Arizona insurance company to find a perfectly reasonable medical doctor to testify about you and your accident related symptoms who doubts the existence of fibromyalgia. They can even go out of their comfort zone and find a new doctor instead of their stable of hired guns. Our Phoenix car accident attorneys also know… Read More »People With Fibromyalgia In Car Accidents

The Right To Serve On Juries.

Attacks On Voting Rights Are Attacks On The Right To Have A Fair And Impartial Jury.

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The Derek Chauvin trial, and the jury selected to hear the case, got me thinking about voting rights and the right to serve on a jury. The Chauvin jury is one of the most racially integrated juries in the history of Minnesota. It is because of this fact, that I started to let my mind believe that maybe the killers of George Floyd will be held to account. Even if Derek is acquitted I will at least have faith in the acquittal, because of who served on the jury. We have seen a torrent of voter suppression bills introduced in various state legislatures across the country. Yet, no one is talking about the connection between voter suppression and the ability to serve on a jury.  Some of the grave injustices in this country were committed because defendants could not get a jury of their peers. Further, many people escaped justice due to the exclusion of everyone except white men on juries. Remember the trial of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant? An all white and all male jury refused to hold them accountable for the lynching of Emmett Till. Blacks and women were not allowed to serve on juries during that period of time, because the right to vote had not been fully protected by law. This jury, despite the overwhelming evidence of their guilt, failed to convict these two after 67 minutes of deliberations. In fact, picking a foreman and getting the jury instructions back to the room probably took… Read More »Attacks On Voting Rights Are Attacks On The Right To Have A Fair And Impartial Jury.

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5 Things To Do After Your Personal Injury Lawyer Has Dropped Your Case

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There Are A Number Of Reasons Why Personal Injury Lawyers Will Drop Car Accident Clients. Personal injury lawyers tend to provide legal representation to clients on a contingency fee basis. This arrangement means that they only get a percentage of what they are able to help you recover from the insurance company. Anything that puts that recovery at odds will be reason for a car accident lawyer to fire you as a client. If you have low medical bills and not many other forms of damages the case has little to no value. If the statute of limitations have run or are close to running that has no value to anyone either. Or if you are a nasty client that might be another reason a law firm will fire you. At the end of the day the Attorney-Client relationship involves people liking and trusting each other. No matter how good your case is, many attorneys will refuse to suffer abuse from an ungrateful or hostile client.  First: You Need To Determine Why Was Your Cased Dropped By Your Injury Lawyer. Were You A Bad Client? Accordingly, if you refused to listen to the legal advice provided by your legal counsel, then why even have a lawyer? Did you trust your uninformed opinions over the legal experience of your attorney? Did you call your lawyer’s office everyday asking about an update, when you have not even completed your medical treatment? Or did you yell at the lawyer or the lawyer’s staff.… Read More »5 Things To Do After Your Personal Injury Lawyer Has Dropped Your Case

Black Lives Matter Civil Rights

4 United States Supreme Court Cases

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Adkins v. Virginia the SCOTUS held that it was unconstitutional to execute someone with an intellectual disability.Many people are against the death penalty. As we learned from our discussion of A Just Mercy, the death penalty is a sanitized lynching. With the Adkins decision, we started to get some safeguards to rollback the number of executions in our country. Yet, I need to repeat this one more time: the death penalty is a state-sponsored lynching.I need you to center what I just said about the death penalty. Adkins was now the law of the land. However, this is America. Accordingly, white prosecutors embarked on a righteous crusade to prove to the world that IQ tests are racist. In fact, these white prosecutors would argue to the court that IQ test are so racially biased that the Judge must add between five and fifteen points to each black person’s IQ score.These white prosecutors were successful. In many states, judges now add between 5 and 15 points to the IQ test score of black people, so we can “justly” execute them. Let me repeat this: white prosecutors have spent millions of dollars to establish the racial bias of IQ tests, only so they can kill black people. They have not spent a dime to advocate that points need to be added to black LSAT, MCAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, etc. scores. These points only need to be added to IQ scores, so they can be raised to a level where we can execute these black… Read More »4 United States Supreme Court Cases