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Re: “A Former Prisoner Sues North Carolina for Violating His First Amendment Rights

Hi everyone, my name is Roy Askey, and I would like to talk about the lawsuit against the state of North Carolina featured in this publication, that focuses on the rights of a section of society that is often overlooked, yet is still entitled to our first amendment freedoms and protection.
If anyone is interested in donating their legal expertise or is able to make a donation towards helping retain a constitutional law attorney to help fight this case, it would be greatly appreciated. I was reluctant to an extent to do this story, but was reminded that the issues at hand are bigger than myself.. so here I am reaching out to you. Here is the link to the crowdsourcing webpage: www.gofundme.com/2a6bvfus
Over 50,000 persons reside behind bars in North Carolina's prison system, without access to law libraries and at times even with out the most rudimentary advice found in legal publications. Many pro-lawsuit/exoneration and anti-prison industrial complex publications do not make it into prison walls because of heavy censorship with highly questionable reasons for doing so. How does a newsletter, which exhorts the prison reader to 'not pick up a weapon, pick up a book' and build your life in a more socially-conscious manner, constitute a 'threat to the safety and security of the prison and its staff'? It does not.
I have compiled years worth of supporting documents which show that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, as the prison system in this state is formally known, has knowingly and willfully denied access to publications which could help inmates, if they utilized the information contained in these publications, on their path to rehabilitation through education about what their rights as human beings are, and to properly defend themselves through the legal system.
Because the legal and political publications, including but not limited to: Prison Legal News, 4strugglemag, Under Lock & Key and others -- contain information critical of prison abuse and sexual harassment, mass incarceration, the new Jim Crow, prison profiteering and the prison industrial complex, many individual issues of publications are banned, with some publications (Under Lock & Key) facing an outright total ban.
The issue has been brought to federal court. Just because you, the prison authorities, do not like the content of someone's speech or press, does not mean that you can censor it or restrict it based on the needs of 'security and order', if there is not a justified reason in doing so. You are willfully disregarding first amendment rights because you feel as if you can get away with it and no one is watching.
Censorship case law reads as follows:
"Government cannot regulate speech because it disagrees with the message conveyed." - Gentala v. City of Tucson, 213 F3d 1055 (9th Cir. 2000)

"Criticism of public officials lies at the very core of speech protected by the First Amendment." - Metro Display Advertising v. City of Victorville, 143 F3d 1191 (9th Cir. 1998)

"Prisoners retain First Amendment rights." - X-Men Sec., Inc. v. Pataki, 196 F3d 56 (2nd Cir. 1999)

"Government may not regulate speech based on its substantive content or the message it conveys." - Velazquez v. Legal Services Corp., 164 F3d 757 (2nd Cir. 1999)
Despite the fact that the federal courts have allowed the case to be judged, and there is past court rulings in favor of exactly what is going on between the prison population and North Carolina's Department of Public Safety, Justice in this country comes with a price tag attached to it. It doesn't make sense to me either, for what is right and correct, to be wrong, unless you have enough money to make it right again.. it is a corrupt system.

I am here asking for your assistance to right some wrongs enacted against a population that is in the shadows, out of sight, out of mind. With few exceptions, people who want to better themselves and to stay knowledgeable and informed because of past mistakes, should be allowed to do this without interference.

Let's keep North Carolina from slipping further backwards in this area as well.
If you may have any questions regarding the case and other related matters, feel free to let me know :)
Email Address: Royiq1000@aol.com

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Posted by InstantKarma on 07/20/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

That's the way some may see it. Gentrify.
Some of this area is designated as historical. Years ago many prominent African Americans lived in these architecturally beautiful homes. This area should be restored with historical markers placed along Fayetteville St.and promoted as a tourism area to celebrate the lives and community of this area. These were homes of Durham's African American doctors,attorneys,bankers,politicians, busi ess owners, teachers, etc. Most people do not know the history of this area.
The community and city should require that all owners come together to discuss how to improve this area and not allow people to come in and purchase without some commitment to the enhancement of the community.
This area should be comparable to the Trinity area around Duke. It would benefit NCCU to be able to present a safer area around the campus with businesses that serve the community as well as the campus.
When I was a child this area was absolutely beautiful with manicured lawns, shaded porches and families who cared about this area. We can make this area come alive again. It takes the effort of city government and community to achieve this goal. We should start today with the slogan "Make Our Community Beautiful Again" and do it!

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Posted by bullcitygirl on 07/20/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Good article! As an owner of three "Pit Bull-Type dogs" this statement really resonated: "You talk about "breedism"—does that mean believing that pure breeds are better? And also just that some breeds are not normal. They are not deserving of homes; they need to be exterminated, and then things will somehow get better. It's simply not true." The range of reactions strangers have when I walk my dogs covers this full gamut. A good example of one end of the spectrum is the mad-typist who has posted 5 of the 12 comments on this thread. At the other end of the spectrum someone I met while walking my dogs told me that "Pit Bulls" were magical. I can often be heard telling people that neither assumption is true. They're just dogs and dogs are individuals.

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Posted by Laurie 1 on 07/20/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Carolyn , how many pit bulls have you helped in the shelter ?

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Posted by Joey Pitt on 07/20/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Three: “National Security, Not National Benevolence”

The Colonel has a better understanding of national security than the president does. Best to honor his opinion, rather than try to belittle it.

Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Three: “National Security, Not National Benevolence”

Yoohoo, Barry, check the stats. I know it's work, and they would reveal the truth, but look at one month in this table anyway. Just for the lark of it. For no other reason than to debunk that claim.
http://ncfire.info/crimearchives.htm

Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

It's called urban blight. Durham may be maturing. "Gentrify it?" If the homicide rate were manageable, businesses respected and honored, taxes lower, maybe. But it's still Durham. The liberal's dream.

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Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Destination Dix is Poised to Give Raleigh the Urban Park It Finally Deserves

Certainly not the mental health care it needs

Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Inspiring: This Man Became a U.S. Senator Without Reading the Constitution

This is what the "grassroots" tea party wanted and they're getting it in spades. How do you weaken the only entity on the planet that can prevent you polluting with impunity, paying your workers nothing (hey Drumpf things wages are already too high), and getting the lower and middle class to subsidize our tax breaks (while moving billions off-shore legally)? While that's easy, dump your excess billions into an anonymous campaign finance system that allows you to buy up enough media access to convince an ignorant 21% of voters (in midterm elections which only turn out 40% of eligible voters) that facts and reason are the enemy and your ineffectual puppet is the solution.

Thom Tillis (R-Art Pope's Sphincter) is just another example of a billionaire tool who just happened to get a promotion from weakening NC to trying to ruin the federal government to the benefit of billionaire barons like the Kochs.

Before some mouthbreathing gun-humpin' jesus freak says I'm a libtard ask yourself this: Why has your state income tax gone up since the flat tax has been enacted? Guess what Cochise?! You just helped pay for the tens of thousand dollar tax cut your wealthy neighbor (or Senator) got on his income tax bill. Not only that, you also helped the state reduce funding to education, food stamps, hurricane relief (though McCrory helped with using some of that money to fund his pointless icky people in the bathrooms law), etc that is moving NC just one step closer to fiscal positions of states like Louisiana and Kansas.

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Posted by Faux_newsisntreal on 07/20/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Psst … Guess What? Your Brunch Waiter Hates You.

I'm sure all of the people in fast food service fighting to get paid a living wage feel super-sad that you're not able to make "bags of cash" on late Sunday mornings too.

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Posted by Van Buren Boy on 07/20/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Axis of Cinema

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Posted by Vargas Cynthia on 07/20/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Ms. Lathrop, your much ballyhooed comment reading seemed to miss the part where you claimed shampoo wasn't invented until 1927 and then were refuted by a fellow commenter. So perhaps you'll catch this one. LIQUID shampoo was invented in 1927, shampoo itself has been around for hundreds of years.

Here is a link for you from Time Magazine on the history: http://time.com/3998228/history-of-shampoo…

Here is another link that shows examples of shampoo ads from pre 1930: http://tinyurl.com/guslzcm

See, not so fun when people comment at you with a snarky tone, is it? Weird how people don't like that and are somehow unconvinced by it.

But by all means, please lecture us all on disliking facts.

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Posted by Feetsboro on 07/20/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

@Ms. Lathrop--A quick Google search of your name + "pit bulls" indicates that you are an extraordinarily prolific and ubiquitous internet commentor on this subject. If you feel so strongly about this and are willing to devote so much time to it, why not write your own book, and lay off the (frankly creepy) fixation you seem to have on Ms. Dickey?

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 07/20/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

@pblest - Despite the AP story, I'm not convinced of a material resurgence of the KKK. Such groups remain on the fringe of society. "Klan members still gather by the dozens under starry Southern skies …". If they begin gathering by the hundreds, we ought to worry. I am a Jew and history teaches me not to offhandedly dismiss the presence of such people. For the same reason, while I am wholly in favor of reporting incidents of racist intimidation, I am loath to provide white supremicists with gratuitous publicity.

With respect to Trump, the only arrow in his quiver is demagoguery but he's proven to be adept nonetheless. He knows that "The Wall" cannot be built, that 11+ million people cannot be rounded up and deported and that "Make America Great Again" is a catchphrase reminiscent of "In your heart you know he's right" (Goldwater 1964). Instead of wringing your hands over the oversimplified notion of "Trump's brand of white nationalism", perhaps you ought to examine the true reasons for Trump finding his footing.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 07/20/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

Anyone who says Trump is not stoking the fire of hatred is in need of psychological help or a thesaurus. The GOPs nominee has renewed the 35 year old "Southern Strategy," promoted by Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and others. No need to worry about ISIS. The Republican Party has adopted a racist credo. The GOP is destroying America, the greatest country, through terrorist tactics and fear-mongering.
We are better than this. We must reject the fabrications, the lies, the animus.

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Posted by cityfox on 07/20/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Carolyn Lathrop did you even read the book? If not then please stop.

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Posted by h0tdamn on 07/20/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Carolyn Lathrop having 5 of the first 7 comments on this article demonstrates Bronwen's point pretty well...

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Posted by bullcity on 07/20/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Hey, folks. Unlike Ms Dickey, I DO read the comments, because I want to hear opposing points of view. But if you really can't answer my questions or dispute my facts (and so far,nobody has tried) it really isn't that persuasive to just hit "dislike." We all KNOW you dislike having the facts about the pit bull crisis shared. That is actually a huge part of the problem.

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

The word shampoo dates to 1762. It is of Hindi origin.

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Posted by David Klein on 07/20/2016 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Psst … Guess What? Your Brunch Waiter Hates You.

Wow, its rare to find someone who is not afraid to speak their mind like this honestly. If I am dining out, the most important quality for my waiter to is honesty, not a phony attitude. Spicy remoulaude my opinion most people will see this article in a cynical way, but I find this persons courage to tell the truth extremely refreshing. Thank you, sir, a working class hero is something to be. If only the rest of us had the same commitment to being honest with one another, just maybe this world would be a better place for everyone.

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Posted by Nathaniel on 07/20/2016 at 12:53 PM

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