Established in 2005, the JRC is a citizen's civil and legal oversight and advocacy organization. Working with victims of the system to get them justice in their individual cases. Challenging the courts and their officials, standing up to law enforcement, helping citizens to hold officials accountable, working with other progressive organizations, and the training and support of community advocates, has made our past thirteen years full. This has made us stronger, more capable and more focussed on our goal of equal rights and justice for all.
We are proud of our advocates and activists and the work they do together. Because that is the JRC. Using our resources, learning experience, and strength, to be able to stand up and assert our rights together for ourselves and our communities, to bring "EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL".
JRC NEWS MEDIA
For years we've thought, wouldn't it be great if we could get some journalist or news agency to really investigate our cases, and work along with us to really put a public spotlight on the crimes being committed by government agencies and officials under the color of law. But what would be even better is if we built and sponsored our own alternative, investigative news agency dedicated to doing just that. SO, that's what we decided to do. Thus was born the new JRC NEWS MEDIA GROUP aka JRC NEWS.
We knew we would need someone who would have the skills to help put it together, run it, and shared our passion for the truth and "equal Rights and Justice For All". Someone willing and wanting to put the time and energy in to make it happen. We offered the vision to several people, but they couldn't see it. Well, we've found someone who does see the vision. That person is Robert Hanson, our new media chair. He will be joined by some other like minded media folks to bring this new media enterprise to fruition.
We decided we needed to start putting out the information we get to the public regularly, and let people know what we are doing.we see, So, we are starting our own social media platform called "Momma Justice", as one of the first outputs of the new JRC NEWS MEDIA GROUP. All but one of our Facebook sites will be scaled down to be just a portal to our new community platform.
In it you will find the writings, thoughts, and opinions of the activists and advocates of the JRC and our collaborators. You will also find action updates on current and future projects, activities, and cases of the JRC, as well as our research on various issues we advocate for. This will be the main place for the community to interact and make contact with us. Check it out!! COMING SOON!!!
We are calling for massive reform of CPS or for them to voluntarily close down pending an investigation into their patterns and practices.
The coalition is addressing the egregious actions habitually taken by CPS and the Family Courts for years in taking children from their families without merit and justification, the abuse of children while in the hands of CPS, the murder of numerous children due to CPS failure of oversight and accountability, and much more.
The Justice Reform Coalition’s Executive Director, Rev. Ashiya Odeye’ says: “For far too long, CPS has terrorized numerous families with their kidnapping of children. CPS workers lying, making false claims of abuse, manufacturing false and minipulated accusatory documents against the parent, losing, ignoring, and disallowing factual documents and evidence favoring the parent, accusing parents of negligence and harm towards their children, holding secret collusive meetings with officials prior to an accused parent’s hearing in court, and more. There is no transparency, no oversight and no accountability throughout this process", said Rev. Odeye’. "Families and children are at the mercy of these corrupt and wilful officials, with the complicity of the courts. CPS was supposed to help families and children, not destroy them. Trafficking in our children for profit and contro seems to be their major goal.”
We have put together a platform with other advocates and organizations to begin to address community concerns and the lack of any oversite in this matter. Read It Here
JRC - CPS & FAMILY COURT GROUP
Our CPS & Family Court group has been working quietly and not so quietly to enfluence changes in the CPS/Family Court system. READ MORE HERE
A MAJOR 2022 CPS RALLY 1/18/2022
The JRC is working with a group of CPS activists to bring a major rally to the Capital, in the city of Sacramento, to bring attention to the corruption, and negative impact of the CPS child trafficking system on our soceity. The group is made up of some strong advocates, such as Vonya Quarles and Bobbie Butts, who organized with Senator Skinner the sponsorship of California SB354. (This bill authorizes the court to order child placement with a relative, regardless of the status of any criminal exemption or resource family approval, if the court finds that the placement does not pose a risk to the health and safety of the child. The bill requires the county welfare department, if the sole issue preventing an emergency placement of a child with a relative or nonrelative extended family member is a lack of resources, to use reasonable efforts to assist the relative or nonrelative extended family member in obtaining the necessary items. By imposing new duties of county welfare departments, this bill imposes a state-mandated local program.) The bill was passed in early December 2021. If you are interested in SB354, click on the link above to read the actual text of the bill. We will cover it in more detail in future articles, as well as let you know how things are rolling in the Legislature, in our "PROJECTS" section, as things move on. Stay tuned!!
The Rally happened January 18, 2022, at the Capitol in Sacramento, California. We drew CPS advocates and activists from all over California and the nation. We will have more info on the rally here and on Facebook.
UPCOMING CPS RALLY - Sacramento, CA 4/8/2022
May 11th is the day for the next major RALLY to expose abuses of CPS. Sponsored by JRC coalition member organization, California Families Rising, along with the JRC, Empact, and Poor Magazine. You can register for the event at FamiliesResist,com. Please register, so we know how much food and water we will need. Also, we will know how many folks will be there to lobby and volunteer. More info to come soon.
MEDICAL ABUSE OF WOMEN OF COLOR
The JRC Medical Advocates Group (JRC MAG), was formed to advocate for medical patient rights and address medical malfeasance . The group held a press conference to address issues of the medical abuse of women of color.. MORE
ABUSE AT STATE MENTAL FACILITIES AND PRISONS -
The JRC has been addressing the abuse of mentally and emotionally challenged people in State facilities. Because of the closing of most of the State mental facilities since the Eighties, most folks committed for "mental" reasons end up in prisons even if they haven't committed a crime. MORE
JRC SECURES RELEASE OF MEDICAL INMATES
In September of 2021, the second of two medical patient/inmates, Chad Gram, who had been incarcerated in California State mental facilities, was finally released. That made two for the year. In fact, both men were from the same family. The other man is Chad's uncle, Kerry Gram. Their cases were not related. These releases were years long in achieving, but the JRC and the family never gave up. Thanks to sister and mother, Denise Gram who has been a true warrior for the cause. The abuse and retaliation they received for advocating for their rights was appaling, but typical of CA DSH. Pysically and mentally abused. Being held longer than they ever should have been. There are thousands of people like them, languishing in these prison/hospitals here in California. Many of whom, never should have been placed there. But, they are people of color, especially Black, and or poor.
Another such case we are working on is that of Duran Byrd, who is being held at DSH Napa. His mother, is an advocate with the JRC, and has been fiercely advocating for her son and others at CA DSH facilities, for the past six years. He voluntarily entered the mental health system on a 51-50, and has successfully completed his treatment, but fell victim to the same thing the Gram men did, retaliation. All because he has been mistreated, and objected to the treatment, and complained. DSH has never given a valid reason for continuing to hold him when his doctors originally cleared him for release. A more in depth report on Duran's situation is forth coming in our new JRC News Media site.
JRC MEETS WITH DSH
On 4/8/2022 the JRC MAG had its first meeting with CA DSH, a two and a half year process.
JRC TO ESTABLISH ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Education advocacy has been a part of the JRC since its inception. Led by our Ed Chair, Darlene Anderson, over the years the JRC has been a staunch proponent of students rights and educational reform. Especially as it pertains to the failure of the school districts to competently and equally educate Black, Brown, and special needs youth. During that time, we've been focused on the failure of the school districts to be accountable for these failures and their terrible lack of fiduciary responsibility and ability to truthfully and adequately document their adherence to their directives which requires them to focus on the unequal education of Black, Brown, and special needs students, as they are obligated to, because they receive government funding. We've questioned at all levels of education administration and government. Filing complaint after complaint, review after review, document request after document request. Having the U.S Department of Justice Education Division( pre Trump), agree with our assesments, giving us the right to sue and instructing various school districts to cooperate with our inquiries. Districts promising to do better. Still we have seen little or no movement towards equity and equality. In fact, in many instances things are worse, with no voluntary movement towards change.
We are now ready to move to the next phase, which is to educate the community and to publicly challenge the school districts in Federal Court, and in the public eye. The Covid Pandemic has come, and with it the exposure and magnification of all the issues with the public schools we have been addressing for years. We now add to them the fact that schools will not be a safe place for our youth come the Fall, means there will be more need for home schooling. But, the adverage person knows little or nothing about educating, which raises a dilema in education for our youth Especially for Black youth and other marginalized communities. MORE
***If this is of concern to you, and you have the passion, come join us. Contact our Ed Chair,Darlene Anderson.***
||"Throughout history it has
been the inaction of those who could have
acted, the indifference of those who should have known
better,and the silence of the voice of justice when it
mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to
H.I.M. Haile Selassie