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‘This Can’t Keep Happening’: Top Lawmakers Rally to Help Exonerees

f7214ea80d4a9c647b147f11b8d0f222Annapolis, Md. (Reform Sasscer) – As United States citizens, We must demand more from our lawmakers and a chance for uncorrupted democracy.  It appears the local court system in Maryland is used as a tool for certain politicians and their friends to punish their opponents and those who may disagree with them.

In Maryland, laws are being applied selectively and different based on circumstances to hurt innocent citizens in a wide ranging scheme. Let us demand an end to this practice and more from our lawmakers. When addressing social inequalities, we must remember that bad decisions made by corrupt officials have an affect many citizens. The decisions made by these officials are to benefit the few elected individuals in the communities that they exploit at our expense. A very good example is the role Dr. Charlene Dukes played in Maryland and then Retired Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings. These sort of self dealings and corruption allegations are widespread in Maryland than many people want to believe.

Defeating an entrenched and organized criminal tyrannical enterprise like the one headed by Despots Dr. Monica Goldson and Dr. Alvin Thorton requires fearlessness, ideological clarity and consistent struggle.

Maryland citizens and especially Prince George’s county citizenry must sort out the root causes of our state and county problems by defeating the despots, conmen and their organized cabals, then transform the counties and build a just and democratic society based on the rule of law instead of constantly begging some of our corrupt leaders to do something about it.

As Maryland matters highlights below, a group of powerful lawmakers — including the speaker of the House have become aware of some of these shenanigans and are beginning to review the issues. Viva!

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Alfred Chestnut (left) and Ransom Watkins, who spent time in prison for crimes they did not commit, speak at Exoneree Advocacy Day in Annapolis Wednesday. Photo by Bruce DePuyt

By Bruce DePuyt — A group of powerful lawmakers — including the speaker of the House — signaled on Wednesday that they are determined to establish a fair compensation system for people who serve time for crimes they didn’t commit.

Their statements of support come months after the state’s top leaders struggled publicly to come up with a way to compensate five men who served long prison terms after being wrongfully convicted.

Advocates for exonerees say the five cases surely won’t be the last, and they are pressuring the General Assembly to come up with a formula that can be used in the future — and to make improvements to the criminal justice system so that false convictions become less likely.

Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) spoke at an “Innocence Advocacy Day” in Annapolis organized by the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. She then took a seat in the back row and listened as nearly a dozen men — mostly middle-aged, all but one African-American — told their stories.

Afterward, Jones told Maryland Matters there is “more awareness” about the devastating impacts false convictions have on those whose lives are derailed by such injustices.

“The momentum is there,” she said. “I think the timing is right to be able to get something done.”

Last year the Board of Public Works — made up of the governor, comptroller and treasurer — struggled to figure out how to compensate the five men, who spent a total of 120 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.

After the issue bounced around for several weeks, the panel adopted a formula crafted by a top aide to Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) — the median annual state income for the last four years of a person’s incarceration multiplied by the number of years they were in prison.

Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery), the vice-chairwoman of the House Economic Matters Committee, is sponsoring a bill that would enshrine a similar formula in state law, so the Board of Public Works doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel with every case.

“The governor claims he wants a process. We’re going to give him a process,” she told the men. “We’re going to create a process where somebody is going to make a decision and then all the Board of Public Works is going to have to do is sign the check.”

“I don’t know how to repay any of you for what you’ve been through,” Dumais added. “The only thing we can do is make sure we get this legislation through.”

Advocates are pursuing two bills this year — one to create a compensation formula for former inmates found to be innocent and another to track the system by which those accused or convicted of crimes can earn leniency by testifying against others.

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery), the chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said policymakers need to know about cases in which individuals become “serial participators.”

“Sometimes the state will offer them incentives [to testify against others],” Smith said in an interview. “Right now we don’t track that. So you have situations in which people [testify] multiple times to get more incentives.”

‘I watched people get raped’

Lawmakers and staff who attended Exoneree Innocence Advocacy Day heard emotional testimony.

One by one, the men described the falsehoods — outright lies in many cases — that were told by trial witnesses testifying under oath.

They described the indignity of being judged guilty of crimes they hadn’t committed. And the horrors they endured during prison sentences that in many cases stretched for decades.

Ransom Watkins walked free in November after 36 years in prison. He was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1983 at the age of 16.

His voice cracking with emotion, he told his story.

“I watched people my age get raped in prison. And I watched police watch it happen. The only thing we had in prison was each other,” he said of his friends. “No one else cared.”

“But we knew the truth. And no one can change that,” he continued.

Watkins conceded his “lack of remorse” hurt his chances for parole; But his lack of guilt meant he had nothing to feel remorseful about — except his own circumstance.

“Our word meant nothing,” he said. “But we never gave up. We kept fighting. And we knew one thing. We knew the truth and we had each other.”

Men who spent decades behind bars described the difficulty they have faced in re-entering society after years in prison. In some cases they had little family, no belongings and no money.

In many cases loved ones died while they were in prison. And they had few skills to offer employers in a world they scarcely recognize. They struggle even to obtain a legal ID.

As the men spoke, several family members and staff dabbed their eyes with tissues.

Via Maryland Matters

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Charges dropped against Largo teacher caught on camera in brawl with student: Teachers’ Union Reacts

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Charges against a Largo High School teacher who was caught on camera allegedly attacking a student have been dismissed, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Charges against a Largo High School teacher who was caught on camera allegedly attacking a student have been dismissed, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Vivian Noire was initially facing charges including second-degree assault and physical child abuse.

The video appears to show Noire repeatedly striking a 17-year-old student.

In the beginning of the video, you hear the teacher advising the 17-year-old to talk to a third party or a parent before the student walks forward and bumps the teacher. That’s when the teacher appears to swing at the 17-year-old from behind.

A violent scene erupts.

At the time, Police Chief Hank Stawinski called the nature of this assault “extraordinarily violent” and “criminal.”

The president of the teachers’ union says they are relieved tonight but feel this incident never should have been posted on social media.

It’s a violation of school policy.

Theresa Dudley, President of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association who has been governing through a cloud of corruption, tells FOX 5, “Hindsight being 2020 I think cooler heads would have prevailed and she would not have been arrested and thrown in jail like a common criminal when you can see in the video who provoked the attack.”

The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office declined to elaborate on the outcome, offering only this statement:

“The charges against Vivian Noire have been dismissed.  The Office is still investigating the facts surrounding the incident to determine if future charges are appropriate.”

via Fox News.Fox News.

In the meantime read more about the drivers of the corruption in this county and demand changes from the officials. >>> Charlene Dukes to Retire Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings.

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Charges dropped against PGCPS teacher accused of fighting student

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Vivian Noirie (picture courtesy PGPD)

All charges have been dropped against a Prince George’s County teacher after she was allegedly caught on video fighting a student, according to ABC7’s Brad Bell.

Even though the original charges have been dropped against Vivian Noirie, sources tell ABC7 News it is very likely she will still be prosecuted for the incident.

Noirie was arrested on November 15, 2019 and charged with physical child abuse and second-degree assault. On Monday, a child abuse charge against her was dropped, according to prosecutors.

According to police, a 17-year-old female student approached Noirie, upset with the teacher for contacting her parents the night before.

This is a developing story that will be updated

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Important Period for Reforms and a Chance for New Leaders to Emerge.

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Glenard S. Middleton Sr (center) has been interfering with the union grievances across Maryland. Mr. Middleton works closely with Ms. Theresa Dudley to prejudice workers while pretending there is hope. This is unacceptable in 2020 and beyond.

Largo, (Reform Sasscer) – Dear Prince George’s County residents in Maryland, 2020 will be an important year for the Reform Sasscer Movement.  We have already launched several new initiatives focusing on democratic transition while continuing to fight to expand democratic space and build international solidarity with students, teachers and democracy activists around the world.

As we start the New Year, let us learn that if anyone commits a crime against us as a people, we must never forgive him/her/them until s/he/they PUBLICLY apologize UNCONDITIONALLY, seek forgiveness and atone for his/her/their crimes. Only then will there be JUSTICE.

Crimes Dr. Monica Goldson, Angela Alsobrooks, Theresa Dudley, Alvin Thornton, Christian Rhodes, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Dr. William Hite Jr, and Dr. Lillian Lowery have committed against PG County residents for which they must publicly apologize and make restitution in 2020:

1) Election interference (both general and for the Union leaderships.)
2) Directing torture.
3) Bribing lawyers.
4) Plunder.
5) Interference in the court system by bribing judges.
6) Subversion of the Constitution.
7) Disobedience of court orders.
8.) Interference in arbitration and in turn making the unions useless.
9.) Facilitation of public corruption in the county at the expense of the county citizenry.
10.) Cover up of crimes to willfully prejudice victims.

Don’t just shout about the fights in the school system, economy, corruption and high commodity prices. Yell against the brutalization and the above violations by the despots led by Dr. Monica Goldson’s criminal goons. Life is more precious than anything else. Protect life and human dignity. Fight against tyranny.

During the struggle for freedom and substantive justice, some former patriots like Edward Burroughs III, District 8 and David Murray, District 1 will fall by the wayside and join the oppressors while new freedom fighters like Lisa Williams will emerge from their ashes. We must FOCUS on the STRUGGLE. They are willing to sponsor legislation to support Colin Rand Kaepernick an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent.  They supported Colin Rand Kaepernick’s protest of racism and injustice, but they will not support their own constituents who fights to make the county a better place.

The younger leaders whom we promoted heavily in the past, such as Edward Burroughs, who formerly led the struggle for change have suddenly gone cold and joined the despots. This is possibly due to tokens they may have received. They no longer question the obvious violations which are well known. County citizens should question them, call their offices and demand answers as to why they have dimmed their candles. On the same level, call  Mr. Glenard S. Middleton Sr, Senator Van Hollen, Senator Cardin and other leaders to demand answers as to why union corruption has been very high in areas they control across the state. Request them to address judicial corruption among other forms of corruption and to advocate for independent judiciary in Maryland.

Corruption is undermining judicial system in Maryland and the District of Columbia in cases involving the Union due to public corruption, denying citizens access to justice and the basic human right to a fair and impartial trial, sometimes even to a trial at all. Equal treatment before the law is a pillar of democratic societies. When courts are corrupted by greed or political expediency, the scales of justice are tipped, and ordinary people suffer. Judicial corruption means the voice of the innocent goes unheard, while the guilty act with impunity. A corrupt judiciary in Maryland erodes the international community’s ability to prosecute transnational crime and inhibits access to justice and redress for human rights violations. It undermines economic growth by damaging the trust of the investment community, and impedes efforts to reduce poverty. Most corruption in Maryland is directed by union officers working in conspiracy with elected officials.

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Mr. Glenard S. Middleton Sr Elected International Vice President in 1986 for the Capital District (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia) is engaged in questionable violations widely. He needs to retire or resign ASAP.

Mr. Middleton Sr is the Executive Director, Maryland Council 67 and President of Maryland Public Employees, Local 44. Elected International Vice President in 1986 for the Capital District (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia). He is currently Vice President of the Maryland-DC AFL-CIO. Active in rights, community and political organizations. However, his local role has been to obstruct justice and interfere with the smooth running of local unions. He and Mr. David Helfman who is MSEA executive director controls PGCEA’s Theresa Dudley, ACE AFSCME Local 2250 and aspects of MSEA agents involved in major public corruption in Maryland. Mr. David Helfman and his staff have been facilitating the worst misconduct in Maryland using attorney Mr. Damon Felton and others tied to them in Annapolis.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission), the agency charged with the interpretation and enforcement of this nation’s employment discrimination laws of the Constitution vests powers to among other things:  take steps to secure appropriate redress where human rights have been violated. Yet so-called Independent Constitutional Bodies have deliberately defanged themselves through unjustified and inexcusable fear and compromise including all of them operating in the Prince George’s County including the local court system.

Patriots: Here is a simple formula for defeating all the despots, organized cabals, plutocrats, cartel dynasties, thieves and land grabbers of our closed schools and the parks:

1) Dominate all SPHERES especially the social media.

2) Disrupt and DECONSTRUCT them 24/7.

3) Mobilize and protest peacefully.

Don’t allow anyone to discourage, distract, compromise or sabotage you or our liberation and freedom struggle. The organized cabals and so-called dynastic families such as the Dr. Monica Goldson, Theresa Dudley, Alvin Thornton, Christian Rhodes, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Dr. William Hite Jr, and Dr. Lillian Lowery, Rushern Baker III, Angela Alsobrooks and Jack Johnson Families have messed up Prince George’s County and plundered our resources for many years. Say #Enough!

Don’t attack Lisa Williams. The struggle for liberation is not a wedding ceremony or a religious ritual. The struggle requires fearlessness. It is important for new leaders to emerge and run competitively against the current leaders who are in bed with despots. Teachers and government workers must stand up and fight for what is right – and run for elections themselves. By giving people a choice, we make democracy stronger.

Fellow citizens: You don’t need permission to organize and mobilize yourselves. You don’t need permission to speak or express yourself. You have the RIGHT to speak, move and gather peacefully as enshrined in the United States Constitution. Celebrate and protect all your rights and freedoms. At the moment, it is unacceptable for children in PGCPS to be left standing on the street for exorbitant amounts of time because PG County leaders have not spent the time or funds to ensure they have enough bus drivers to get students to school.

Most parents work and schools start around the same time most parents have to be at work. For parents who leave prior to the school start time, their children are left to wait on the street in the rain and the cold for buses that may or may not show up. This treatment is disrespectful, dangerous and uncouth. The Prince George’s county, the Prince George’s County Public Schools and the individual schools need to do something about this. When parents go into the schools to complain about the fact that a bus didn’t show up, they tell them to call transportation. Transportation takes their information and you never hear back from them. Please sign the petition here and call all your elected officials now. Tell them corruption in Prince George’s County led by despot Dr. Monica Goldson and minions is unacceptable, out of control and must be addressed.

True revolutionaries will not and cannot reject new genuine recruits. All we want is to END TYRANNY and DEFEAT TYRANTS here in Prince George’s County. It should not matter how we defeat them. Prince George’s County residents want GENUINE SUBSTANTIVE justice. It’s time to say NO to the shenanigans.

Currently, several Maryland leaders have been charged with illegal activity, this time for federal wire fraud and bribery totaling nearly $34,000!

This is yet another example of elected and appointed officials thinking they are above the law!

We are getting ready to build our war chest now so we can hit the ground running in 2020, recruiting and encouraging quality candidates and letting voters know how the Maryland corruption operate!

Our New Year’s Resolution is to hold ALL MARYLAND ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE!

Look at the current track record of illegal activity in Maryland at the moment, all within the last year:

Last week, Cheryl Glenn was charged with federal wire fraud and bribery

In November, Catherine Pugh, plead guilty to fraud

In October, Tawanna Gaines was charged with federal wire fraud

Voters deserve to know what these crooked elected officials have been up to all year!

With your future contribution and support for this blog, we will add you to our list of supporters who are standing against the elected officials’ and culture of corruption in Maryland. Together we are going to start a center of innovation and to help bring a culture of civility around the world and save the bees from extinction around the world.

There has been a long list of corrupt elected officials breaking laws and pleading guilty – almost like they’re making their own dirty dozen!

Call your local elected representatives and state officials. Demand answers ASAP on PGCPS willful misconduct led by Dr. Monica Goldson, Angela Alsobrooks, Theresa Dudley, Alvin Thornton, Christian Rhodes, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Dr. William Hite Jr, and Dr. Lillian Lowery. Tell them that, the public corruption currently in progress in Prince George’s County  and in Maryland must end ASAP! Demand corrective actions immediately.

Together, we will hold all elected officials feet to the fire on illegal activities and win back seats for good leaders in our Old Line State!

With the partnership of the many democrats we work with, we look forward to these endeavors and many others. But most of all, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful new year 2020.

Sincerely,

The Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat Team

Patriots: Organize and Mobilize! #Resist #PrinceGeorge’sProud #VotethemOut #DrMonicaGoldsonResign #Happy2020 #RevolutionNow #DespotsMustFall #Aluta #Continua! Viva!

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall

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Theresa Dudley (PGCEA) and Doris Reed (ASASP) are major drivers of the current public corruption in Prince George’s County. If they cannot press the administration to address the issues known to them, they must resign their roles.

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Senator Paul Pinsky who became a member of the Maryland Senate in 1994 surely could do more to fight racism and help reform Education in Maryland without prejudicing anyone. Looking out the other way as staff and other workers in Maryland are prejudiced is not the answer!

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A PROSPEROUS 2020 TO ALL!

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A clean, competent, caring, accountable, inclusive and honest local government.

That is what Prince George’s County have missed these past several years.

It is what we must aspire for in 2020 and close our dangerous dance with the Angela Alsobrooks regime.

We open 2020 with excitement brought by the changes at the Board of Education for Prince George’s County in which young leaders were selected to join forces with the young leaders elected by the citizenry in 2016 to help shape the county forward.

The new team at PGCPS Board deserve praise for restoring some hope and credibility of the local Board Elections. However, much remains to be seen as some of the young leaders within the PGCPS Board have gone silent for unknown reasons.

Over the years, new team at PGCPS Board have given us something to smile about in a year dominated by gloom.

As stated before in the past, the success with the local Board elections here in the county underscores one important point: public officers who fail credibility test must be removed from office no matter who benefits from their stay.

Other than the local Board election, it is difficult to pinpoint 2019 successes with real impact on Prince George’s County citizenry. In 2020, we must address the issues with HB 1107 Law which created the hybrid board of Education.

Corruption commandeered our county in 2019 in a way we never imagined led by some of board members themselves spearheaded by Dr. Monica Goldson, Board Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton and Union Executives who chose to benefit unjustly under the table.

Top county local government officials enjoying the patronage of the County Executive joined ranks with elites in big business to plunder public resources for the schools in complete disregard of the long-term interests of our County here in Prince George’s County. CE Angela Alsobrooks chose to ignore issues of organized schemes and facilitated the worst misconduct in the history of Prince George’s County. We have never seen the kind of cover ups advanced by the county and state officials working in together to defeat justice.

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This conspiracy produced a tiny wealthy class in just a few years whose members can buy the latest model of anything at any price anywhere around the world and contribute anything anywhere while the rest of the population struggle to get basic resources. This list included the Union Executives led by Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) President Theresa Dudley, Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) Executive Director Doris Reed, the Executives at the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland attorney general and others tied to them.

From this corruption, all misfortunes flowed.

Community activists got excluded from the local government because they were viewed as enemies who would disrupt the eating. On Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 Goldson was tapped as the system’s official leader of PGCPS amidst the opposition by Josephat Mua as the press and elected officials in the room watched and ignored his concerns. However, nothing was done to launch investigations of the allegations he raised.  Court personnel in Maryland were bribed to make unfavorable rulings which continues to this day with the epic center being court of special appeals for Maryland. Several attorneys and law firms starting with the Thatcher Law Firm, PK Law, Bryan Chapman, The O’Neal Law Firm, Raouf Abdullah and others were bribed to mislead the courts willfully.  If this circle of corruption is not broken, it will continue for many years and cause untold suffering in Maryland and United States.

There are public officers who have lived years with being viewed as Opposition spies because of their race or background.

Those officers have had to forego promotion, got shuffled around, others fired and missed other entitlements.

The cost of living went up because businesses have to factor in bribes and incompetence in the management of the county.

Jobs have disappeared and families relocated to other counties as firms closed shop or retrenched because of a hostile business environment which continues.

Corruption especially at procurement is certainly a factor in these high costs in the county. One whistleblower Donna Young who among others witnessed Dr. Monica Goldson Shenanigans in the procurement Division of PGCPS was fired unjustly to keep everything under the table.  Shirley Adams former President of ACE AFSCME Local 2250 has since been forced into retirement unjustly after she blew the whistle on child misconduct in the school bus.

To enable the eating to proceed smoothly, institutions like the Ethics and Anti-Corruption offices got crippled largely through appointment of user-friendly top brass. Other corrupt officers from the Rushern Baker III administration have been allowed to stay.

PATRIOTISM
Caring is something a local government cannot fake.

No competent, caring and accountable government can proceed on holiday when citizens are suffering, as is the case now because the county schools are not working as they should due to union corruption and the senior management misconduct which is well known starting with Dr. Monica Goldson.

This is the time the county leadership is expected to burn the midnight oil for a solution instead of cover ups.

There is a glaring absence of well thought-out policy interventions to deal with emerging issues. Several students have been killed or participated in crimes and their stories washed under the table to paint the county as progressing properly.

people want to build the Prince George’s county for the better. What stands between us and our dreams is the corrupt local government led now by Ms. Angela Alsobrooks.

The Prince George’s County local government wants to run our lives instead of enabling us to run our own lives.

It is our appeal to the people of Prince George’s County that we dedicate 2020 and the next decade to the realization of a clean, honest, competent, inclusive and caring government which does not interfere with the local judiciary for personal gain.

We need to be aware that Angela Alsobrooks regime will use the money it has stolen through various dubious activities to corrupt the judicial system and electoral process as they did this past year, buy support and steal elections thereby creating a vicious cycle of a corrupt regime, stolen elections and another corrupt regime which bribes local judges for personal gain.

We must stand up against the corrupt local regime which has no shame and is driven by a personal and malicious agenda. We must engage locally with leaders who mean well for the future and encourage them to help address these local issues from the state level without fear or favor to those engaged in corrupt activities to the detriment of many. Afterall, our governor ran on a platform to fight corruption.

Finally, May 2020 also usher in greater harmony and greater peace around the world: When communities unite and act together, we can imagine, inspire, shape, and make our world a better place for our children today and their sustainable futures tomorrow, and help bring our humanity and planet back into balance.

We can achieve it in the next election and elect good leaders. Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2020 to all and as always, may your worst years be behind you.

May the new year bring you new hope, many blessings, joy and happiness.

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Former Md. lawmaker Cheryl Glenn charged with bribery, fraud

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Former Del. Cheryl Glenn is shown here. (Photo: file)

BALTIMORE, Md. (Reform Sasscer)  – Federal authorities on Monday unsealed charges against a former state lawmaker who represented Baltimore for allegedly taking more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for various legislative actions, including voting to increase the number of medical marijuana grower and processing licenses available to an out-of-state company.

“The victims are all of us: taxpayers, the people of Ms. Glenn’s district, indeed, all Marylanders who are represented in the General Assembly … ,” U.S. Attorney in Maryland Robert Hur said at a news conference. “The people of Maryland expect – and they should expect – that elected officials place the interest of their citizens above their own. Unfortunately, the allegations in the charging document unsealed today show that Ms. Glenn betrayed that public trust.”

The trend is too familiar as shown by various illegal acts in Prince George’s County Maryland. These illegalities involve various officials including Dr. Monica Goldson and her minions. There have been questions as to how Delegate Dereck Davis who engaged in widespread conspiracy to reward his wife Dr. Monique Davis in Prince George’s County Public Schools as deputy CEO and got away with it.  This parttern of self dealings is part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy and fraud which has made many to have lose faith in the legal system. The illegal activities which are being covered up, have led to widespread consequences in Maryland due to lack of proper investigations, interference of the Maryland state courts handling cases of public interest and lack of proper oversight of many elected officials.

Bloggers and Journalists led by Josephat Mua have complained about ongoing public corruption involving Dr. Monica Goldson instead of investigating his claims, Angela Alsobrook’s government bullied him into submission. Monica Goldson as part of criminal activity has abused the court system including harassing former employees such as  Josephat Mua using the county police herself working closely with the corrupt union officers led by Theresa Dudley.

Prince George’s County bloggers reporting raised particularly serious questions about Monica Goldson’s ties to Organized “scheme to defraud”and corruption in July 15 2018, when others broke a story alleging money laundering by Monica Goldson and others tied to her. Among those he identified was County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive who covered up the scheme and right-hand man who facilitated other schemes tied to the University of Maryland.

Order protects liberty, and liberty protects order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.

The rule of law is the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants. Every American should demand that our leaders put the rule of law above politics especially here in Prince George’s county.

Truth and Justice produce peace, stability and prosperity. 200 years of INSTITUTIONALIZED deception, theft, human rights abuses, abuse of power, disobedience of court orders, racism and discrimination in Prince George’s County have produced misery, inequalities and decay. Embrace revolution and #RejectMonicaGoldson Fraud.

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Delegate Dereck Eugene Davis is an American politician who represents district 25 in the Maryland House of Delegates. Davis has been a member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995 and is currently the Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee. He also chairs that committee’s public utilities work group. However, his real interest is money for public schools and deals involving businesses in which he has been able to benefit secretly at the expense of the Maryland citizenry.

We reprint the report by Washington Post below.

By Ovetta Wiggins

Veteran Maryland lawmaker Cheryl D. Glenn built her reputation in Annapolis fighting to legalize medical marijuana and trying to ensure that minorities secured licenses to participate in the multibillion-dollar industry.

She was the lead sponsor of the bill that created Maryland’s medical cannabis program, an effort she said was inspired by her late mother, who died of kidney cancer without being able to medically access the drug.

Glenn’s career in politics is halted amid accusations that she took nearly $34,000 in bribes to push legislation to benefit marijuana companies and other businesses.

“We expect our elected officials to put the interest of the public above their own. We do not expect them to sell their office to the highest bidder,” said U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert K. Hur, announcing federal bribery and wire fraud charges that were filed in July and unsealed on Monday.

The charge was presented in a criminal information, a document that can be filed only with a defendant’s consent and that typically indicates a plea deal has been reached.

In charging papers, prosecutors painted a detailed picture of how they say Glenn (D-Baltimore City) accepted cash payments in exchange for supporting measures to expand licensing for out-of-state marijuana companies, create a preference for cannabis companies based in Maryland, relax the requirements to become an opioid clinic director and help a businessperson obtain a restaurant liquor license in her legislative district.

Glenn, 68, is at least the sixth current or former Maryland lawmaker to face criminal charges related to fraud or bribery in the past two years. A former chair of the Baltimore City delegation and the Legislative Black Caucus, she abruptly resigned from the House of Delegates on Wednesday. She refused to comment on the details of the resignation, except to say that it was due to personal reasons.

William C. Brennan, Glenn’s attorney, declined to comment on Monday. Glenn is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Jan. 22.

In the early days of the state’s three-year-old medical cannabis program, Glenn was a strong voice for transparency in the lucrative industry. The panel regulating the industry was named in honor of her mother, Natalie M. LaPrade. In 2017, Glenn appeared outraged by revelations, reported in The Washington Post, that applications for medical marijuana licenses had been graded by people with ties to the entities that had applied.

“The whole process needs to be restarted in order for the state of Maryland to have a clean medical cannabis program void of any corruption and collusion or anything,” Glenn said at the time.

Months later, prosecutors say, Glenn took her first bribe.

The U.S. attorney’s office accused Glenn of taking a total of $33,750 in bribes in five payments, beginning in early 2018 and continuing into 2019.

In April 2018, the charging document says, Glenn met an unnamed businessperson at an Annapolis restaurant and slid the person a white, letter-sized envelope with her property tax bill enclosed.

In exchange for a payment of $3,000, the document says, she had agreed to vote in favor of legislation that increased the number of medical marijuana growing and processing licenses available to out-of-state firms.

“I need your deposit slip and a check so there is no question who paid it,” the businessperson had told her in March, according to the charging document. “That way everything is kosher.”

Glenn is accused of asking the person to “pay it with cash.”

At the April meeting, Glenn told the person she had to “fight like hell” to get the legislation passed, the document says.

During a meeting in 2018, it says, Glenn told a businessperson that after she created a bill that helped a certain company secure a growing license, she was asked by others “who the hell they know? ’Cause they didn’t have any high-priced lobbyists or anything.”

According to the charging document, she replied: “They know God and Cheryl Glenn.”

A former teachers union official and former employee of Baltimore City schools, Glenn joins at least five other Maryland lawmakers charged with bribery or fraud in recent years.

In October, Tawanna P. Gaines, then a Democratic delegate from Prince George’s County, resigned before pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge. Gaines, who is awaiting sentencing, admitted to using $22,000 in campaign donations to purchase fast food and pay for dental work, hairstyling and other personal expenses.

Former delegates Michael L. Vaughn and William A. Campos, both Democrats from Prince George’s, were sentenced in 2018 to four and 4½ years, respectively, in federal prison for participating in a pay-to-play bribery scheme involving liquor licenses. Also in 2018, former state senator Nathaniel T. Oaks (D-Baltimore City) was sentenced to 3½ years for a bribery scheme involving a developer.

In 2017, Gary Brown of Baltimore was sentenced to probation for illegally bypassing state campaign finance limits while working for then-Baltimore mayoral candidate Catherine E. Pugh. He was charged days before he was scheduled to take the oath of office to fill a House seat that became vacant as a result of Pugh’s election as mayor.

Pugh, a Democrat, pleaded guilty last month to fraud and tax evasion conspiracies to illegally hide profits from sales of her children’s books to enhance her political and personal fortunes. Last week, the state prosecutor filed a perjury charge against Pugh relating to disclosure forms she filed in Annapolis while she served as a state senator.

Glenn introduced her first bill on medical marijuana in 2010. Four years later, the General Assembly approved a bill to create a state-regulated medical cannabis industry. The program took years to get off the ground, amid bureaucratic missteps and legal challenges.

In 2016, when the multibillion-dollar industry began operating, Glenn used her bully pulpit as chair of the Black Caucus to push for minority-owned companies to have a better shot at winning licenses. The bill failed to receive a vote in the final minutes of the 90-day session.

In 2018, Glenn sponsored a bill that increased the number of medical marijuana grower licenses and established a new cap for processing licenses. In 2019, she successfully sponsored a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis-infused edibles such as brownies and chocolate.

Glenn was known as an outspoken champion for Baltimore City, whose delegation she chaired this year.

She chaired the Black Caucus from 2016 to 2018, but her positions often clashed with some of the younger, more liberal members of the caucus. For example, Glenn sided with lawmakers who pushed to restore Maryland’s bail program after the state’s highest court instructed judges not to set bonds that are too high for poor defendants to pay. During a battle over how to address crime in Baltimore, she backed efforts to impose tougher penalties.

This year, Glenn chaired a subcommittee of the Black Caucus that recommended allowing members to belong to only one ethnic caucus, a move that one member who identifies as black and Latina described as an attempt to “purify” the caucus. The amendment was withdrawn following a backlash from members.

Fenit Nirappil contributed to this report.

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Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this charade by the corrupt Maryland officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.

We will liberate Prince George’s County through TRUTH and INTEGRITY.

#RevolutionNow #DespotsMustFall

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U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announces federal criminal information unsealed recently charging Former Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn with federal honest services wire fraud and bribery charges. Glenn allegedly solicited & accepted more than $33K in bribes.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Reform Sasscer

We hope you have had a blessed and Merry Christmas with friends and family!  

For new parents this Christmas, let’s hope that the miracle of life imbues you with love and good will.

For those who open gifts, we pray that laughter and love make these gifts memorable and joyful.

For those who watch our children open gifts, treasure these fleeting moments!  We pray that the memories made today, will be traditions continued for a lifetime.

For those who celebrate a different Holiday this season, may you experience love and joy during this time.

And for those who have lost loved ones who are not here to share this time, may you be blessed with the comfort of their memory.  Our hearts as members of reform Sasscer goes out to you.

We will continue to pray for the proper reforms of Prince George’s county Public Schools (pgcps) and for the county executives to stop violating the county court system willfully. The rule of law is the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants.

Order protects liberty, and liberty protects order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.

The rule of law is the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants. Every American should demand that our leaders put the rule of law above politics especially here in Prince George’s county.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and best wishes in the New Year. God Bless.

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BB gun found at Prince George’s County middle school after police search students

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Greenbelt, Md. (Reform Sasscer ) —According to WJLA local New channel, AA BB gun was found at Greenbelt Middle School after a student reportedly told his mom someone on his bus had a gun.

The parent called 911 on Thursday morning to report the incident, according to a Prince Georges County Public Schools spokesperson.

Prince George’s County Police pulled the bus over to search everyone on board, but no weapon was found.

The students were moved to another bus and on arrival at school were assembled in a media center for an additional search.

A school spokesperson tells ABC7 a BB gun was found and disciplinary action will be taken.

In the meantime, many students and staff do not respect the top leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson due to ongoing misconduct as reported earlier and other violations. Ever since Dr. Goldson was appointed CEO, there is widespread interference of Federal and State laws to suit her illegal agenda. The unions Executives currently in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) starting with Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA), Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) and ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 have been compromised. This interference might be having an impact on teachers, students and other staff.

However, ever since Dr. Monica Goldson was appointed CEO, there is widespread interference of Federal and State laws to suit her illegal agenda. The unions Executives currently in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) starting with Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA), Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) and ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 have been compromised. This interference might be having an impact on teachers and staff. In other words, the role of the Unions in Prince George’s County has becomes meaningless due to personal greed as reported earlier.

It’s a timely reminder that in Monica Goldson’s vision, public service is an amorphous concept. What matters, from the CEO’s perspective, is service to her. Loyalty to the county, state, nation and the rule of law are nice ideas, but CEO Monica Goldson expects and demands fealty to her and her interests – above all other considerations. The entire school district is a very hostile environment due to all cover ups going on.

While the origin of the term “labor racketeering” is obscure, it has come to be associated with a type of corruption perpetrated by union officials under the direction of, or in conjunction with, organized crime. Organized crime bosses exploit unions and union members through alliances with corrupted or intimidated union officials. In return, union officials provide mobsters access to the union treasury, pension and welfare funds, no-show jobs with the union, and support in establishing and enforcing employer cartels. Some organized crime members have held formal union office. In addition, of course, corrupt union officials such as in PGCPS District, whether or not connected to organized crime figures, engage in “ordinary” organizational corruption, such as misappropriation of funds.

In the current set up, Monica Goldson who has past ties to PGCEA and ASASP unions has made the Unions an extension arm of her office as an Executive which is unfair to the workers but that is another story for another day. It’s time to say No to the despots.

Call your local elected representatives and state officials and the media. Demand answers ASAP on PGCPS willful misconduct led by Dr. Monica Goldson, Dr. William Hite Jr.,  Dr. Charlene Dukes, PGCEA, MSEA, AFSCME International and ASASP Union. Tell them that, the public corruption currently in progress in Prince George’s County must end ASAP! Demand corrective actions immediately. #Resist #PrinceGeorge’sProud #VotethemOut #DrMonicaGoldsonResign 

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years and she is currently interfering with the unions to keep illegal activity under the table! In a recent event at the teacher union, she only showed up for 30 minutes and failed to address the issues. Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has no clue of what she is doing except to facilitate the hurt. When we glorify impunity at the expense of integrity, a nation’s socio- fabric erodes.#DespotsMustFall

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Tempers soar as NAACP and Prince George’s residents debate high-speed floating train

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Behind the scenes, many members of the NAACP feels that, Bob Ross, (shown here) is in bed with corrupt County leadership and there are genuine concerns he is not putting out to resolve as the county residents should come first.  “When you look at the future of rail transportation, we are so far behind the rest of the world, and now we have to catch up,” Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP, said. Despite a route through Prince George’s County, there are no planned stations in the county.

LANHAM, Md. — According WUSA9, Opponents of an ambitious proposal to build a floating bullet train between D.C. and Baltimore clashed with the NAACP Thursday, as tempers soared at a public meeting to discuss the stunning infrastructure project.

The proposed train would link D.C. and Baltimore in 15 minutes, travelling at a top speed of 311 mph. The vehicle itself is known as an SCMaglev, a train that uses superconducting magnets to levitate four inches off the ground.

“When you look at the future of rail transportation, we are so far behind the rest of the world, and now we have to catch up,” Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP, said. “There will be plenty of opportunities for minority business to participate, and we won’t be behind the ball with this project.”

While the backers of the SCMaglev and the NAACP outlined a vision of the world’s fastest train constructed over the next 10 years, the aspiration sharply clashed with visions most families in attendance held for their hometowns and neighborhoods.

“It’s disgusting for them to have this train come through our community,” Riverdale resident Loretta Hinton said. “No one asked us if we wanted this train.”

The SCMaglev would feature no stations in Prince George’s County, drawing the ire of residents along the proposed route.

Engineers and project backers said the train’s physics make stopping in the county impossible, since the train would accelerate out of a future station in D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square, and then quickly decelerate.

The project is in its final stages of development, with a decision on whether to build or table the $10 billion proposal expected by the end of 2020.

The design calls for no homes to be demolished, with approximately 30 miles of tunnel and 10 miles of elevated train tracks bordering BW Parkway. Tunnel depths would average 10 stories below ground, with engineers insisting residential foundations would incur no damage.

On or around October 17, 2019, activists through this blog asked PG NAACP through Bob Ross and MD NAACP, Which side they were on, after Neither organization — NAACP PG, nor NAACP MD issued any strong statement of protest about ten police officers who killed Mr Shand in Hyattsville, Maryland.

“This is the question to ask the PG NAACP at its annual meeting Thursday 7-9, in Hyattsville,” one activist wrote in October this year.

“Racial discrimination in the Prince George’s Police Department and Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) is discouraging the reporting of abuse committed by PGPD officers and others tied to the system because Latino and Black officers in the department experience retaliation for speaking out about it, spurring a lawsuit. New leadership in the county must take firm steps to enable full compliance and accountability in the department in order to end abuse of citizens by police,” another county resident stated.

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The SCMaglev (superconducting maglev, formerly called the MLU) is a magnetic levitation (maglev) railway system developed by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and the Railway Technical Research Institute. Despite a route through Prince George’s County, there are no planned stations in the county.

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June White Dillard foreground and members of pg county chapter of Naacp must rise up to the occasion and do what is right. They must avoid being seen as facilitators of corruption in the county affairs and address issues in a fair manner. Most county residents feel let down by this local organization due to the influence of the corrupt county leaders in various sectors including the county school system.  

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New Report: Charter Fraud And Waste Worse Than We Thought

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Last March, the Network for Public Education released a report showing that the federal government has lost a billion dollars to charter school waste and fraud. But the organization had not stopped sifting through the data. Their follow-up report, “Still Asleep At The Wheel: How the Federal Charter Schools Program Results in as Pileup of Fraud ands Waste,” reveals that the situation is even worse than shown in the first report, while laying out more state by state details. Particularly striking—the vast amount of money that has been wasted on ghost schools that never served.

NPE is a group co-founded by Diane Ravitch, the Bush-era Assistant Secretary of Education who has since become an outspoken critic of education reform. The organization’s executive director is Carol Burris, a former award-winning New York principal. Burris was the primary author of this report.

The reports examine what happened to money disbursed by the Federal Charter Fund, a charter grant source created in 1994 as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Since 1995, it has handed out almost $4 billion.

Some new findings in this follow-up report:

The original report underestimated the number of charters that had taken federal grant funds and then either closed or never opened at all. That report found 1,000 such charters; the number now appears to be closer to 1,800. That means the failure rate is close to 37% nationally. Michigan gave grants of at least $100,000 to 72 schools that never opened at all; California gave grants to 61 unopened schools. Those two states alone account for over $16 million dollars spent without educating a single child. A grand total of 537 schools never actually opened; tax dollars spent on literally nothing.

Between 1995 and 2005, the Department of Education did not require states to give any accounting of where the money went.

For-profit charters have never been allowed to receive monies from this grant program, but plenty of for-profit charter management companies have had their schools apply successfully. It’s a reminder that “for profit” and “non-profit” are, when it comes to charter schools, a distinction without a difference. Hot Stuff Podunk Academy may well be a non-profit school, but if it is wholly operated by Hot Stuff Academies Charter management Company, a for profit company that handles the operation of the charter, the academy is still generating profits.

The report provides a state-by-state breakdown for some of these numbers, both raw numbers and percentages. Some states have made modest attempts at charter launches, with little success. Hawaii has launched 19; 10 of those have failed. Delaware has seen 14 attempts; 8 of those are defunct. Washington state had 6; of those, only 2 are still open (one charter abruptly closed in October, months after opening).

Larger scale is no promise of better results. New York lost 23 out of 233 charters, but Florida has seen a full third of its 503 charters close. California had a similar rate, with 298 failed charters out of 802. Ohio lost 120 out of 293, and in Tennessee, 59 out of 121— just shy of 50% charter failure rate. Betsy DeVos’s home state of Michigan has a failure rate of 44%— 112 out of 257 closed, costing federal taxpayers about $22 million.

The report also includes many stories that provide striking illustrations of just how the money is wasted. While some charter operators are simply in over their heads, others are clearly far more interested in profit than education.

In Michigan, almost $110,000 was drawn to develop the Harris Academy. $72,957 of that went to a property leasing company whose sole director was Patricia Lewis. Lewis was also a project leader for the academy. Lewis had worked the same deal in Georgia with a charter school that was denied renewal due to financial irregularities and probable cheating on the state test. The Harris Academy never opened.

Consultant Lorilyn Coggins operated two consulting companies that made money from four different ghost schools. She was not the only consultant making good money from charter schools that never actually opened.

The report also provides several examples of how a non-profit charter is simply a pass through for a for profit corporation. For example, the White Hat Management company was an Ohio-based for profit charter management organization that operated sixteen Life Skills charter schools in five different states. Some of those charters paid 97% of their income to White Hat, which also operated a real estate company that leased buildings to schools. Thirteen of the Life Skills charters have ceased operations.

The report also drills down in two charter-heavy (Arizona and Ohio) to see why charters fail. In both states, enrollment was the primary cause (despite the fabled charter waiting list we often hear about) followed by mismanagement/fraud, then financial issues and academic concerns. The study also found a surprising number of charters that closed because the operator simply abandoned them. Stories also illustrate the shock and surprise that occurs when charters simply and suddenly close up shop mid year.

Among the report’s conclusion is this:

We have concluded that the practice of allowing unauthorized schools to receive funds, which has been in effect since 2001, has become a magnet for grifters, consultants and charter entrepreneurs who see an easy way to cash in.

It’s worth remembering that the report only covers the grants dispersed by the feds; this doesn’t tell us anything about how much state or philanthropist money took the school bus ride to nowhere.

Charter supporters are going to say that when charter schools close, that’s just the free market doing its magic to thin out the charter herd to leave us with stronger, better charter schools. Even if this burn and churn is a feature and not a bug, it’s a very expensive feature, costing not just a billion dollars in taxpayer money, but in the human cost of families who are disrupted and displaced by charters that leave them high and dry. As one parent of a student at the hastily-closed Detroit Delta Prep Academy is quoted in the report, “I entrusted her education to a group of people—they’re making me feel like I failed her, like I didn’t do enough research.”

It’s not just research that’s needed; the time is long past for charters to be subject to tighter regulation and accountability with bigger teeth. After twenty-five years of costly waste and fraud, it’s long past time for taxpayers’ dollars and children to get more protection from the operators who have entered the charter school business simply to fleece the public.

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When we glorify impunity at the expense of integrity, a nation’s socio- fabric erodes.

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