“Inspiration” with Shirley Wilson
TODAY ON “INSPIRATION”
Mike De La Rocha
Offering an alternative view of dealing with youth violence, Mike De La Rocha has emerged as one of the country’s top new voices on youth development and juvenile justice. He has been acknowledged for integrating social justice, the arts, and his personal experiences to bring diverse communities together to promote alternatives to social inequity and youth violence…Another respected voice in the community of healers in our country
With over a decade of experience in coalition-building, non-profit management, and implementing innovative youth development programs, Mike’s work provides a multi-contextual framework for empowerment and education, addressing issues of cross-cultural communication, juvenile justice, and spirituality.
As a legislative deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas and a former policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, Mike has over 5 years of legislative experience. He currently advises Councilman Cardenas on all juvenile justice legislation and facilitated the City Council’s Community Engagement Advisory Committee, an internationally-renowned group that developed the nation’s first comprehensive “Community-Based Gang Intervention Model.” Congresswoman Diane Watson recently incorporated the model into legislation designed to provide a nationwide approach to reducing youth violence
Jisiri writes songs that talk about the injustices in our world, such as the murders of Christina Taylor Green, killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores, gunned down by an anti-immigrant militia intent on starting a race war, and Aiyana Jones, shot to death while sleeping in her home, by the Detroit Police Department, while they were filming “First 48.”
Jasiri X brings message to Hip-Hop with “Three Little Girls”
Jasiri X drops a new visual for Woman’s History Month to shed light on how violent this society is, especially towards woman and girls.
“Three Little Girls” tells the stories of the senseless murders of Christina Taylor Green, who was killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores, who was gunned down by anti-immigrant militia intent on starting a race war, and Aiyana Jones, who shot to death while asleep in her home, by the Detroit Police Department, while they were filming a reality TV show.
Jasiri states, “I realize these are sad stories, but how can we not be moved to action by the cold-blooded killings of innocent little girls? We have to begin to take an unflinching look at a culture that continues to glorify guns, bombs, and war, and sees violence and aggression as the only solutions to its problems.”
This was a remarkable show!
See What happened on the January 30th, 2011 Show
Shirley Wilson and Henry Bratton talked with women who have spent many years of their lives behind bars, separated from family and children. See if these convictions were just or bogus. Find out how this impacted their lives and how it impacts yours…
Heidi Rummel is a directing attorney for the Post-Conviction Justice Project, a clinical program where students advocate for the legal rights of convicted prisoners. A former federal prosecutor, Professor Rummel specializes in criminal law and procedure, state and federal habeas law and the California parole system, evidence, criminal civil rights, and human trafficking. She teaches a post-conviction clinical seminar, Criminal Law, Legal Analysis of Evidence, and Trial Advocacy.
Professor Rummel worked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles from 1996-2005 prosecuting federal criminal civil rights offenses, including human trafficking, police misconduct, and hate crimes. She also prosecuted gang crimes, arson cases, and child pornography offenses, and served as deputy chief in the General Crimes Section. Previously, Professor Rummel was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she handled state court prosecutions and appellate matters.
Professor Rummel holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
My name is Rosa Maria Sanchez, I am currently at Mexicali, Baja California after serving a sentence of 25 years to life at the California institution for women, for a crime I did not commit. I have the utmost respect for the sanctity of human life.
This is the fact of my unique case. In 1985, I was a business owner, operating a wholesale store called “Rosey’s of California,” in the garment district in Los Angeles, California. I sold women’s and children’s clothes, I had customers from San Francisco, Palm Spring, Chicago, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma and Mexico. I used to have a casual relationship with my neighbors and I never had problems with anyone.
At the time of my arrest, I was 24 years old, a single mother of four children, Gustavo 7 years, Irving 5 years, Rosie 4 years and Grace 2 years. My grasp of English language was less than fair, for over a year I waited for my case to come to trial, faith walled up, in the judicial system, in my attorney and in knowing my own innocence. I knew there was no possible way that they would find me guilty of a crime I did not commit.
My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy and their families. Adam Ramos was greatly mistaken when he saw a profile of a woman for about 5 seconds and believe to be me. When the fire occurred, I was sleeping at home with my four children, my sister Lorena, a live in baby-sitter Juanita, and a friend and neighbor Maribel, who needed a ride from work to home because her car had broke down the day before.
I had no reason to commit such a crime, I had a successful business, and I have financial records that will verify that my business was doing very well. My store was in the same building where the fire occurred, it was only 2 doors adjacent from Maribel’s store. I could have easily lost my business and I had no insurance.
When I was arrested and accused of starting the fire, my attorney arranged bail and one week later on Christmas Eve 1985, I was released on $100,000.00 bail. While I was out on bail I continued working and taking care of my children, I could have easily fled to Mexico, but I did not because I was not guilty. I thought that justice would prevail, despite the enormous amount of evidence to prove my innocence and the (69) favorable witness on my behalf. Evidence that the jury did not see because of my attorney’s failure to introduce it during my trial, my attorney was more concerned about saving court time that to defend my innocence. Approximately, after 8 hours of testimony, defense taking approximately 30 minutes, with not a single thread of physical evidence and only highly questionable hearsay evidence, I was convicted of a crime I did not commit.
Since my conviction I have been seeking legal assistance to prove my innocence to no avail. The courts denied my appeal not on the merits of the case, but due to 80 days delay (which were circumstances beyond my control that did not allow me to file on time). Also the sentencing judge Sam Bubrick wrote numerous letters to BPT and CDC urging them to recommend a recall of sentencing under pc 1170(d).
For years I pray that they will see me case for what it is, a miscarriage of justice. Finally after almost 24 years they review the facts of my unique case, and they determine that it was time to correct the wrong done to my family and me. Unfortunately, the injustice did not end then, (Heidi can explain better what I mean by this). Now, I am living as a productive member of my community in Mexicali, Baja California and my children continue to visit me, the nightmare is not over yet.
My children deserve to be reunited with their mother after more the 23 long years of pain and suffering. As hard as it can be, the Governor should give back to my family their belief in what they thought America stood for “Liberty and Justice.”
Very truly yours,
Rosie M. Sanchez
Norma Cumpian, a 40-year-old survivor of domestic violence, has spent most of her adult life behind bars. At the age of 22, fearing for her own life and the life of her unborn child, Norma shot and killed her abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend. During her trial violence experts testified that battering and its effects were a critical component of Norma’s decision to fire the warning shot that caused her boyfriend’s death. The last two Board of Parole Hearings panels agreed that domestic violence contributed directly to Norma’s commitment offense. However, due in part to the relatively limited understanding of the effects of Battered Women’s Syndrome at the time of her trial in 1992, a jury convicted Norma of second degree murder. She has served 18 years of a 15 years-to-life sentence. At her most recent parole hearing, the Parole Board recognized that Norma has accepted full responsibility and demonstrated genuine remorse for her crime.
The Board also found that Norma has been a model of rehabilitation, using her time in prison to better herself and those around her. Norma recently obtained her Associate’s degree (graduating as valedictorian of her class) and has completed multiple vocational programs. She has given much back to her community through her work as a peer counselor in the mental health department, her service as Chairperson of Convicted Women Against Abuse from 2000-2004, and successful training of service dogs for disabled Americans. Norma also has an exemplary disciplinary record; numerous prison supervisors have praised her hard work and dedication to her various volunteer and work assignments at the California Institution for Women. The Board’s own psychologists agree that Norma has developed into a dependable, insightful woman and predict an exceedingly low risk of recidivism upon her release. Norma has solid parole plans–confirmed residence at a transitional sober-living program and a variety of job offers–upon her release. She has strong support from friends and family. Upon her release, Norma plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and reunite with her son.