IML July 27th Protest

This video documents the July 27th 2016 protest against the unjust, immoral and unconstitutional International Megan's Law held in Oakland, CA.
 
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ACTION ALERT!
International Megan's Law (IML) Protest – July 27 in Oakland

Join California RSOL in protesting International Megan's Law (IML), the law to prevent Registrant international travel, at the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, July 27, 2016.

The government has filed a motion to dismiss our lawsuit against IML, the recently signed law by President Obama, to keep Registered citizens in permanent internal exile. The court hearing for that motion will be at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom Three of Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, 3rd Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California, 94612.

We need as many of our supporters to fill the courtroom as possible to show the court, and America, that there are many Registrants, families of Registrants, and friends who suffer under the yoke of unconstitutional, ex-post-facto, punishment. The government’s travel notifications to foreign countries, its “unique identifiers” placed upon the passports of Registrants, as well as its requirements that Registrants provide the U.S. Government advance travel plans – under threat of imprisonment – amount to a complete ban on international travel for those on the Registry. These policies are already taking a terrible toll on those who, long ago, paid their debts to society. The Registry has become a continuously expanding regime of ever-escalating torment.

After the hearing, which will probably end by 10:00 a.m., there will be a rally in the plaza immediately outside of the courtroom in front of the entrance.

We expect to have media covering the event and Janice Bellucci, President of RSOL, and lead attorney for the lawsuit, will speak, along with other members and supporters of RSOL.

Please join us there! If you cannot, then please consider donating to California RSOL to help make our work in challenging this, and many other terrible laws, such as residence and presence restrictions, possible. Please also consider volunteering your time.

Thank you for your support! Please contact us at californiarsol.org with your questions or concerns or offers of assistance.


When: July 27, Hearing at 9:00 a.m., The rally begins at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the plaza in front of Court entrance.

Where: U.S. Federal District Courtroom 3, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, 3rd Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California, 94612
 
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ACTION ALERT!

Dear CCNCR friend,

Paul Rigney urgently requests that everyone please help with the following:

1. Everyone, call and have others call The Speakers office THIS Monday morning. 202-225-600, 202-225-3031.

David: We need to tell them that they must not vote on H.R. 515 under RULES OF SUSPENSION because the bill received an amendment from the Senate that is SUBSTANTIVE and HISTORIC. (U.S. passports have never been branded with criminal convictions of citizens before)

I would like to see 500 phone calls. Please put this up on Affiliates websites. Lets leave hundreds of messages on 202-225-0600 for them to sort through Monday morning
(202) 225-0600
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2. Spread Josh Graven’s petition that should go directly to their representative.




Also, you could help further by re-tweeting Tweets already sent to House members which have been sent from that Twitter account.

5. Continue to call and email congressional members.

6. Contact media outlets with the attached Banner

Paul Rigney
Registrant Travel Action Group, Inc
ACTION ALERT!

Dear CCNCR Friends,

Please take the time to watch Galen Baughman's TED Talk:

First time a sex offender took a TED stage.

First TED talk on adolescent sexuality, the registry, indefinite detention, sexting.

Let's make it the first to 100,000 views in a month!

Share the link:

Galen Baughman
Soros Justice Fellow
Human Rights Defense Center
11 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 681-8121
Open Society Foundations Q&A Profile

Affiliates mailing list

ACTION ALERT!

 

ACTION ALERT!

Dear CCNCR friends,

It is imperative to Contact as many members of the U.S. House of Representatives and ask them to VOTE NO on HR 515 and   the supporting amendment.
 

Suggested dialogue:



Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Representative _______. I live in (city or town) and would like to ask that (he/she) vote against H.R. 515 under the new title: "International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders" and associated Senate Amendment 2936 known as the Corker amendment.

HR 515 is expensive, violates provisions of the U.S. Constitution and does nothing to reduce sex trafficking or enhance the safety of either U.S. or foreign citizens.

You may also have your voices heard by leaving a message on your representative's website, Facebook and Twitter sites.


This is the statement that was posted on POP Vox by Safer Virginia:

1. The bill wastes $12,000,000 and fails to reduce sexual re-offenses, as it purports.

2. The bill disregards available research, attempting to reduce sex trafficking by targeting registered sex offenders. There is no evidence that registrants have been, or are likely to be, involved in sex trafficking. Traffickers are more likely to be politicians, local law enforcement, businessmen or restaurateurs.

3. The bill creates an unnecessary bureaucracy to alert foreign governments of travel plans of registered sex offenders. Those governments already have Internet access to every online U.S. sex offender registry.

4. Only 18 countries even have sex offender registries. There is no evidence that those convicted of sex offenses in foreign countries are attempting to enter the U.S. to engage in sex trafficking.

5. The U.S. government is already disseminating its citizens' criminal histories to foreign governments that are then denying entry to citizens holding valid U.S. passports.

6. The bill targets international travel of registered sex offenders who live, work and travel freely across the U.S. They do not pose significant public safety risk to U.S. society or to citizens of foreign countries.

7. The bill is expensive, needless and does nothing to reduce sex trafficking or enhance the safety of either U.S. or foreign citizens. At the same time, it increases risk to U.S. citizens and causes significant collateral damage to anyone traveling with a registered sex offender.

ACTION ALERT!

Dear CCNCR friends,

Here is an opportunity to voice your Opposition to HR 515

GO TO

AND

Place your VOTE!

H.R. 515 INTERNATIONAL MEGAN'S LAW TO PREVENT DEMAND FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING

 

CCNCR 2015 Advancing our Mission: End of Year Summary

Dear CCNCR friends,

As the year comes to an end, we'd like to take this opportunity to look back on what we have accomplished to advance our mission in 2015, to set our goals for 2016, and to share with you how we have utilized your generous donations toward our goals.  Most importantly, we value YOUR feedback and look forward to your input during the coming year.

As always, Thank You for your continuous support.

Gail Colletta
President/CEO
CCNCR

 

 

ACTION ALERT!

Dear CCNCR friends,

We are currently looking for a non Production CP offender who would consider being a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the California registry. The suit can be filed under a pseudonym, protecting the plaintiff from public disclosure of his identify. We already have other plaintiffs with different profiles, but we would like to include a plaintiff who is on the registry for possession/receipt/distribution of CP. The suit will be brought pro bono by a major California law firm, at no charge to the plaintiff.

The plaintiff must currently be on the California registry. It does not matter where they were convicted, or whether the conviction was state or federal, so long as they are currently listed on the California registry. The plaintiff should be someone who is not currently incarcerated and has not had other offenses beside the CP possession. The ideal plaintiff would have been released for at least a few years; more is better.

If you can identify someone who you have confirmed may be willing to serve as such a plaintiff, please provide their contact information, and they will be contacted by the law professor who is organizing this suit, who can provide more information.

Please respond to this email ASAP and your contact information will be forwarded.

 

 

From the Front Lines

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Gail and Bruce educating and spreading the word about CCNCR and our work with the attorneys at the national NACDL SEX OFFENDER CONFERENCE in Las Vegas.

 

 

ACTION ALERT

Dear CCNCR friends,

We are urging you to respond to the USSC'S request for public comment on a proposed amendment to revise the "crime of violence" definition.

Written Public Comment regarding the proposed amendment should be received by the Commission no later than November 12, 2015. Public comment should be sent to the Commission by electronic mail or regular mail.

Below is a sample letter you may wish to use. Please remember to sign your name, date and provide return address information.

We are urging REGULAR MAIL (volume counts) and to get as many family and friends to respond to ASAP. Electronic mail is acceptable. Click on the link below:

United States Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle, N.E. Suite 2-500
Washington, D.C. 20002-8002
Attention: Public Affairs

Before the deadline of NOVEMBER 12, 2015.

Public comment should be sent to the Commission by electronic mail or regular mail. The email address for public comment is:

(please note the underscore between public and comment)


Sample Letter



United States Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle, N.E. Suite 2-500
Washington, DC 20002-8002
Attention: Public Affairs

Re: Proposed Amendment to Section 4B1.2 of the Sentencing Guidelines, "Crime of Violence" Definition

To Whom it May Concern:

In response to request for public comment, I am writing this letter to share my personal belief that possession of child pornography should be excluded from the definition of a "forcible sex offense". Non production possession, receipt, transportation or distribution of child pornography does not meet the criteria of being a sexual act or of having sexual contact. Therefore it should be excluded as a violent sexual act.

Using the classification of violent offender placing the offender under the same label as someone who has had sexual contact with a child distorts the truth and is at the very least misguided. (If you wish to include a BRIEF PERSONAL STORY- we suggest two to three sentences).

We are all passionate about protecting our children however, we have taken this passion to a level where we are applying a definition that does not fit the crime and using this to perpetuate a life time of punishment. Therefore, I would like this letter to be entered as public comment to item 4 (D) in the "Issues for Comment" section of the United States Sentencing Commission proposal to amend Section 4B1.2(a)(2) of the sentencing guidelines.


Sincerely,

Your Name
Return Address
 
 
ACTION ALERT

Dear Members and Advocates:

It’s Official! The Florida Action Committee has filed suit against Seminole County, challenging the proximity ordinance! A second county is about to get sued over their proximity ordinance as well and we will announce that one after it is filed.

The ordinance prevents registrants from being present or traveling through an “exclusion zone”, making it practically (if not literally) impossible to make it from one end of the county to the other or perform routine tasks, such as banking, visiting family and friends, grocery shopping or the countless other perfectly lawful activities citizens do in their daily lives, without violating the ordinance. Similar ordinances have been struck down elsewhere and we are hopeful for a similar result here.

We are incredibly grateful to the members who have stepped up to help us get this lawsuit going and who have made contributions to our legal fund, enabling us to take on our next challenge. We are more than incredibly grateful to the Florida Institutional Legal Services Project for taking on the proximity ordinances. It takes the help and contribution of all of us to make these accomplishments happen and it’s certainly exciting to watch us move forward.

With the added workload, we are actively seeking additional volunteers to help us accomplish more goals. If you have a few hours a week to dedicate to the fight, are able to use the internet and communicate freely and have a strong desire to help effectuate change, please contact anita@floridaactioncommittee.org and find out how you can help.

Let’s keep up the momentum!

The Florida Action Committee Team

Here are some headlines from this week:

FAC Sues Seminole County, Florida over Sex Offender Exclusion Zones Ordinance

LAKE MONROE, FLORIDA – September 9, 2015 The Florida Action Committee (FAC) has sued Seminole County and its Sheriff over the County’s proximity ordinance, which prohibits...

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The title to this article can be a paraphrase of an old Eagles song or the tagline for a Raid commercial, but unfortunately this saying isn't being applied to bugs, but to human...

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ACTION ALERT

Dear CCNCR Friends,

We are urging each and every one to contact the United States Sentencing Commission requests for public comment on child pornography offenses. Deadline is July 27, 2015.

The importance of QUANTITY is essential to influence the USSC to place our issue as a priority. Please get family, friends and anyone who is interested to send a letter or email ASAP.

NUMBERS COUNT. WE NEED YOUR LETTERS TO HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD.

Letters should include a brief personal story about a son, father, brother, friend or neighbor. Explain how their life has been impacted by lengthy sentences, labeling and stringent supervised release and/or registration requirements. Keep your response to no more than ONE page.

You may wish to address one or two talking points:

> USSC's report from 2012 showed there should be a different way to address non production CP offenders
> Enhancements for use of a computer should no longer be valid
> The Butner Study is an outlier. The Butner Study is NOT a Recidivism study and continues to impact sentences. Other studies have not duplicated the findings
> Research shows this population does well in the community with an extremely low recidivism rate of less than 5%
> Lack of empirical research to support sentencing and supervised release guidelines

It is to be addressed to:

United States Sentencing Commission

One Columbus Circle
NE Suite 2-500, South Lobby
Washington, DC 20002-8002
ATTENTION: Public Affairs Priorities Comment

OR

Email address is: pubaffairs@ussc.gov

DEADLINE IS JULY 27, 2015

 

 
 
ADVANCING OUR MISSION

The 2015 Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be presented by the United States Sentencing Commission September 16-18th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sessions on child pornography and sex offenses will be presented.

The 34th Annual Research and Treatment Conference by ATSA will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on October 14-17th. "Quality Research is the foundation of effective assessment, treatment, management, policy and prevention strategies. ATSA supports the development of new knowledge and the translation of existing research into evidence-based practices."

These are valuable opportunities for CAUTIONclick National Campaign for Reform to promote public safety and smarter legislation which relies on evidence based practice and study rather than misinformation and myths.

Dr. Kline, Forensic Psychologist, possesses the training and experience to ensure effective exposure, partnerships, and alliances to bring our issues to the forefront to impact change at the national level. We are grateful to have this opportunity to have Dr. Kline represent CCNCR at the USSC seminar and have Gail Colletta, President/CEO of CCNCR to attend the ATSA conference.

This is a critical moment for CCNCR. We cannot do this alone. Undertaking these challenges can be costly BUT necessary to get our voices heard. We are asking for your donations to make this happen. We are estimating a cost of $7000 for the USSC seminar and $2500 for Gail to attend the ATSA conference. Both events will promote networking and provide opportunities to share empirical research which can help shape our laws. We want all sex offender legislation to be based on FACTS.

Please give what you can.

United in reform,

Gail Colletta Rita Finley David Valentine
President, CEO Secretary Treasurer





Are you running for president? Please answer these questions about the criminal justice system. -The Washington Post 
 
Update: 4/9/15
 
With the presidential race soon to be here it is important to know how each candidate will address the issues that concern us. Please take the opportunity to comment on this post with voices that forward our cause. Let us be heard!
 



 
AN UNSPOKEN LAW 
 
Update: 3/25/15
 
After shooting our first frames of footage over 5 years ago, we are happy to announce that things are taking shape on AN UNSPOKEN LAW. This feature length documentary focuses specifically on child pornography possession laws. For the past two years, we have been working closely with Gail Colletta, CCNRC and FAC and others to document stories of those convicted and the families that are advocating for smart legislative change to the sentencing guidelines on the Federal and State levels.
 
We have filmed over 200 hours of footage at this point, and have just begun working with our editor, Angelo Corrao A.C.E., who has edited two Oscar nominated documentaries! The film will take shape over the next year or so as we focus on post-production and our last couple of shoots. We have been applying for grants to help us through the very expensive post-production process, and hope to hear some good news on those in the next few months.
 
The great news that we do have to report is that AN UNSPOKEN LAW has been selected to participate in the American Documentary Film Festival's Film Fund pitch event in Palm Springs, CA. The AmDocs Film Fund selects a handful of work-in-progress documentaries from around the world to come and "pitch" their films to a panel of industry experts, broadcasters, film distributors and financiers with finishing funds on the line. Nick just landed in California, and is prepping for the pitch on the morning of March 26th. Regardless of whether or not the film wins, this is an extremely important opportunity for us to get the project in front of the documentary world and start to make inroads for finding it a broadcast/distribution home. We'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!
 

Also, our facebook page for the film (https://www.facebook.com/AnUnspokenLaw) is now live. The same goes for our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/anunspokenlaw). Please be sure to Like and Follow us! We want these spaces not only to provide updates on the films, but also become a forum for conversation and education.