August 22, 2011 1:02 PMBY Celeste KatzWhile we wait to see what Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. is going to do in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case -- as our Melissa Grace reported, Vance's office could file papers to dismiss the whole mess -- state Sen. Bill Perkins is out with the letter below. In it, Perkins argues that dropping the case would be a "travesty for all rape victims and for 'due process.'"
We are each Trayvon Martin. We are all black men, who because of demonizing stereotypes, are subject to the irrational hysterical response of people who maintain that we are intimidating and frightening. Gangs, police officers and individuals, are all subject to this societal fixation of seeing black men as ‘the bad guy.’
Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition.