Author Archives: Barbara Kessel

The Danville Abortion Clinic Troubles

Mary Catherine Roberson, chair of the Danville chapter of Personal Pac, warns, “do not take it for granted that because you live in Illinois, you are safe. If the anti-abortion forces start organizing in your town, reach out to Personal … Continue reading

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Barbara Kessel Accepts Humanitarian Award

Barbara Kessel’s acceptance statement of the 2016 James R. burgess, Jr.-Susan Freiberg Humanitarian Award given by the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration Committee: “I am happy for this opportunity to remind the audience that as we sit here … Continue reading

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From Boredom To Books: New Library at Stateville Prison

Three R’s (Reading to Reduce Recidivism) and BTP partnered to establish a new library at the Northern District Reception Center, the first stop for many newly sentenced males with time to serve in a state of Illinois prison. A state … Continue reading

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New Program for Donations to Illinois Prison Libraries in Makes Progress

The 3 R’s Program (Reading Reduces Recidivism) was established in the 2010 as a direct service to recycle books from peoples’ homes to state prison libraries. Providing books to people in prison appeals as prisoners generally have the time and … Continue reading

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The System of Snitching

“Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law. To declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal_would bring terrible retribution.“ —Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, … Continue reading

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Fighting Back On Tasers

STOP TASING OUR BLACK CHILDREN IN KANKAKEE Junior High School.” This is the message being sent by eight parents of eight junior high students, aged 12–14, in four multi-million lawsuits in the U.S. Federal District Court, Central District of Illinois–Urbana … Continue reading

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Myths About U.S. and Torture Today

Myth #1. The U.S. Government has a legal right to pursue torture as a means to get information out of people it deems to be terrorists because we are under attack. Reading the Geneva Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, … Continue reading

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