CBJ Meetings for the week of March 15, 2021

While the news of the day is often about big, national issues, I encourage you to remember that you can make the biggest difference in your own life by participating in the work of your local government. With that in mind, here is the schedule of City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week. If you would like to provide the same service for another community, please contact Mary at admin@tongassdemocrats.com.

Please check the CBJ website to see what is coming up later and to verify whether there have been any last-minute additions, cancellations or changes. Continue reading

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CBJ Meetings for the week of March 8, 2021

While the news of the day is often about big, national issues, I encourage you to remember that you can make the biggest difference in your own life by participating in the work of your local government. With that in mind, here is the schedule of City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week. If you would like to provide the same service for another community, please contact Mary at admin@tongassdemocrats.com.

Please check the CBJ website to see what is coming up later and to verify whether there have been any last-minute additions, cancellations or changes. Continue reading

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Book Review)

Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Author: Bryan Stevenson
How to get it: CBJ Library, Hearthside Books

Have you ever braced yourself for an impact, then felt a steadying hand on your shoulder?

That’s what reading Just Mercy was like for me. I reserved it from the library months ago out of a sense of duty, because I had heard of the author’s organization the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). I knew of EJI as the people who had proven the innocence of incarcerated people on death row and felt that I should learn more about their work.

When the library’s email came through saying it was available, I felt a certain amount of trepidation. Given the topic, and my own general character, I expected that Just Mercy would leave me completely spent or – at best – angry.

Instead, author Bryan Stevenson left me feeling stronger.

As an attorney, Stevenson argues cases in court to persuade juries and judges, so I expected him to present a compelling story. I expected him to show me that the criminal justice system convicting his clients was fundamentally flawed and often unjust.

He did that, of course. Stevenson shares stories of railroaded clients, convicted on slim, wrongly obtained, or even obviously fraudulent evidence. He introduces readers to people who, from their earliest childhood, seemed preordained by our society to live tragic lives spent inflicting tragedy. He doesn’t spare readers from the sight of what injustice does; he doesn’t win all of these cases. People die when they shouldn’t have, denied a fair trial because of their poverty and race.

He never allows us to miss the fact that each client and case is a person whose life has officially been forfeit.

And yet, somehow, Stevenson’s skill as a writer made me more than a witness. I am not sure what that “more” is, but it feels more capable instead of more desperate, more compassionate instead of more wounded.

I don’t know how this happened, I can only report that it did.

Highly recommended.

– Mary
All opinions in this article are those of the author and do not represent official positions of TongassDemocrats.com, the Tongass Democrats, or anyone other than the author. 

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March Meeting Announcement

Tongass Democrats will once again have our regular monthly business meeting by  Zoom.

Topic: Tongass Democrats
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM Juneau

There is also a number to call into if you don’t want to use your computer.

Just to err on the side of caution (as we don’t want any “zoom bombing“) we aren’t going to publish the link. To get the link and meeting ID, please email Edric Carrillo, Chair, at tongassdemocrats@gmail.com.

See you there –
Mary

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CBJ Meetings for the week of February 22, 2021

While the news of the day is often about big, national issues, I encourage you to remember that you can make the biggest difference in your own life by participating in the work of your local government. With that in mind, here is the schedule of City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week. If you would like to provide the same service for another community, please contact Mary at admin@tongassdemocrats.com.

Please check the CBJ website to see what is coming up later and to verify whether there have been any last-minute additions, cancellations or changes. Continue reading

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