November / December 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER
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By Rhonda Erwin
ur community is responding to teen andyouth violence. Why do we need to rec-ognize these community members?Te rst reason is to destroy the myth thatwe don’t care. We are not motionless in address-ing the violence within our communities.Recently, I saw the Nation o Islam men doingoot patrol in heavy violent crime areas o bothMeadowview and Valley Hi. As members o thecommunity, the deeds and labor o the NOI arenot going unnoticed, and they are appreciated.Tese men come in peace,stand or peace and leavein peace.Secondly, we needto help teens, youth andamilies involved and aected by violent crime,to transcend their collective suering. Recently, Ispoke by phone with Reynaldo Placencia (the 22-year-old brother o Robert Placencia, a 17-year-old killed this summer in south Sacramento).Reynaldo participated in a revival or teens romSacramento, Modesto and Stockton who werecoming together to address youth violence. Rey-naldo is using his brother’s tragic death to reachout to teens involved in or aected by violence.Finally, we need to prevent teens and youthrom aping gang culture/membership as a mas-querade or youth leadership. Te Zeta BetaLambda Chapter o Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,in partnership with Consumes River College andthe Greater Sacramento March o Dimes, is coor-dinating the Alpha Academy workshop, held oneSaturday a month. Te workshop brings adultproessionals together with middle school andhigh school teens (12 to 18 years old), with theocus being to improve academic perormance,prevent teen pregnancy and enhance career goals.In early all, several school children weremaimed and murdered in school shootingsacross the US. I cried or the school teens as Ihave cried a river o tears or teen and youthmurder victims in Sacramento.President Bush spoke out about ways to pre- vent uture youth murders. I watched news mediareports on the teens who witnessed the schoolkillings. eens and amilies aected by the schoolshootings were given support and helped to moveon. Our children, on the other hand, have diedsenseless deaths or decades, and until recently our suering was not very newsworthy.Meanwhile, our teens and youth are killingone other. One shooting is copying the other.One uneral copies a uneral the day beore. Tegovernment has been slow to respond to amilies’cries and pleas or teens and youth o color dyingthese violent and senseless deaths.In early all, media reported high-schoolshooting stories, acknowledging the emotionso the teens and youth involved. In contrast,news coverage or the violent deaths o our teensand youth is sensationalized. Our children aredehumanized.Current news coverageo our suering rom vio-lent crime comes packagedwith what the SacramentoCounty Sheri’s Depart-ment, Department o Justice and Sacramento City Police Department are doing to round up crimesuspects. I question these law enorcement priori-ties. Why is all the emphasis on apprehendingsuspects? Where is the money and time or pro- viding solutions to preventing more crime that, inturn, creates, more suering?Where are the crime prevention policies basedon research into the violent deaths o our teens andyouth? Why is the solution to our community’spain the building o more jails and prisons? Why isa blanket pulled over our suering? Why is it con-tinuously assumed that we human beings o coloreel no pain or the violent deaths o our childrenand the separation o our amilies?We’re on our own, saving our own. Just aswith Hurricane Katrina, the government that col-lects our taxes, who calls us all Americans, claimswe are all equal, will orce some to save ourselves,but reach out to li others rom eeling pain. Why does our government think the color o yourskin makes you immune rom the pain o violentcrime?Te sad thing is that our government won’tsee our suering and continues to build more jailsand prisons. Tis is not a policy to prevent utureteen and youth violence. We know that. Tat iswhy we are mobilizing to save our daughters andsons rom the violence which disproportionately aects underprivileged communities o color.Tis movement has been stalled. Why? Teanswer in part is the news media. It osters alseimages o people aected by teen and youth vio-lence. Tus this media bias makes it hard to rally
JUVENILE CLASS ACTION STRIP SEARCH SETTLEMENTIF YOU WERE BOOKED, ASSIGNED TO A UNIT, AND STRIP SEARCHED ATTHE SACRAMENTO COUNTY JUVENILE HALL BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 1998,AND OCTOBER 1, 2004, YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO MONEY UNDER ASTRIP SEARCH CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
There is a proposed Settlement of a Class Action lawsuit,
Robinson, et al. v. SacramentoCounty, et al.
Kozlowski, et al. v. Sacramento County, et al.
, pending in the UnitedStates District Court for the Eastern District of California. The lawsuit concerns the stripsearch policy and practices of the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall.
What is the Litigation About?
Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants violated various federal and state laws by strip searching juveniles booked at the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall between January 1, 1998, andOctober 1, 2004.
Who is Involved?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if you were booked, assigned to a unit and stripsearched at the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall between January 1, 1998, and October 1,2004. To see if you qualify for a payment you should check the website or call the toll freenumber below.
What are the Terms?
If you were a juvenile booked and assigned to a unit at the Sacramento County JuvenileHall and strip searched during the class period (January 1, 1998, through October 1, 2004),you will be entitled to compensation depending on the number of times you were bookedand assigned a unit, the charges on which you were booked, and your probation status at thetime of booking.Up to $4.0 Million will be available to satisfy claims under this settlement. Class Counselwill apply to the Court for an agreed fee of $1.5 Million for reimburse
ment for attorneys’
fees and reimbursement of costs and expenses. Representative plaintiffs will collectivelyshare $280,000 (Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars), and $500,000 (Five HundredThousand Dollars) will be reserved for Claim Administrator expenses, for a possible total of $6,280,000 (Six Million, Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars).For more information or to receive a claim form, consult the website or call the toll freenumber below.
How Much Will I Get?
If 25% of those entitled to share in the settlement submit Claim Forms, the average payoutwill be $2,000 per person. You may be entitled to more or less than this amount.
What are My Legal Rights?
If you wish to share in the Settlement Fund you must file a claim as discussed below. If theCourt approves the Proposed Settlement, you will receive a payment if you qualify. You
will also be bound by all of the Court’s orders
. This means you will drop any claims youmay have against the Defendants covered by this Settlement.If you wish to file a claim you must complete a Claim Form. You can get a Claim Form bycontacting the Claims Administrators, in writing, at the address given below, or by callingthe toll free number. Claim Forms must be signed and post-marked no later than January 8,2007.If you do not wish to be a member of the Settlement Class, you must sign a Request for Exclusion letter as outlined in the Stipulation of Settlement and Notice which you candownload from the website or get from the Claims Administrator. Your Request for Exclusion must be filed with the Court no later than February 16, 2007.
When Will the Settlement be Approved?
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold a FairnessHearing to decide if the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate at 10:00 a.m.on March 2, 2007, at the United States District Court, 501 I Street, Courtroom 2,Sacramento, California 95814. At the hearing the Court will also consider whether Class
Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and
costs are fair, reasonable, and adequate.If you remain a member of the Settlement Class you or your counsel have the right toappear before the Court and to object to the Settlement. However, in order to object, youmust file a written objection, as outlined in the Stipulation of Settlement and long formnotice. Objections must be filed with the Court by January 8, 2007.
FOR INFORMATION ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT,YOUR RIGHTS, AND A COPY OF THE NOTICE:VISIT: www.robinsonvsacco.com or Call: 1-800-401-0541 orWrite: Sacramento County Juvenile Strip Search Class Action,c/o Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 1110 Corte Madera, CA 94976-1110PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COURT
— Legal Notice —
Responding to Teen and Youth Violence
Community versus government solutions
“We are mobilizing to saveour daughters and sons.”
support whenmany people,consciously andunconsciously,eel that wedeserve ourpain and sor-row. In spite o this negativity,the community is creating crimepreventionsolutions.Tere are many events being planned toaddress teen and youth violence. While our gov-ernment shows its lack o concern towards oursuering, many citizens are rising to the call toshow support towards the amilies whose heartshave been broken and who drown in sorrow andtears. We are mobilizing to save our daughtersand sons.
Rhonda Erwin is a violence prevention activ-ist and mother who lives in Sacramento, and welcomes those who can help <email@example.com>.
change 2007 calendar now available
change (PAX) presents
Children’s Art about Peace
, its 2007 calendar. The color-ful wall calendar is now available at The Avid Reader, East West Books, Sacramento Area PeaceAction, and the UNICEF Store, all in Sacramento. The artwork above is a detail from June 2007, by Kindergartner Ariana Mirmobiny. To see images from the works of Sacramento area students,or for a full list of outlets, go to www.sacpeace.net. More Info: 736-1678 or 393-7676.
This project is funded in part by the ArtScapes Grant Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission withsupport from the City and County of Sacramento.