Injustice takes no break, but COPA is

To all interested parties and blog visitors:

Rather than close our site, we are hoping to gather ourselves, in a new form, back together to continue working for justice for people caught in the mass incarceration web of oppression in the U.S. – locally, around the state, nationally, militarily, and internationally. That is, there is a connection between someone going to a county jail for petty theft and a person facing trial for terrorism and blowing up planes, buildings, public spaces or the like.

We use the connections to educate and motivate our work locally as COPA has focused on re-entry and the conditions of local jails.

However, due to some changing circumstances and too few active members at this moment in time, we are announcing a break from our organizational efforts. Individual activists can be found writing letters to prisoners, visiting prisons, writing Op-Ed pieces, organizing voters on issues related to criminal (in)justice system, attending or organizing forums to raise these issues and such.

We welcome comments as the blog will continue to be moderated and we will receive messages. If you would like a member to contact you to make a connection with other activists, just write us a note here at the blog.

Thanks for visiting our blog today. We are all in this together.

COPA

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Join Central Ohio Prisoner Advocates (COPA) for the first meeting of the new year!

We will host Franklin County Public Defender Don Shartzer to discuss:

Although COPA has up till now largely been focused on old-law prisoners, this meeting will focus on new-law prisoners convicted of minor crimes — some have pointed out that both CURE and COPA have up till now done little for new-law prisoners — here is an opportunity.   Franklin County Public Defender Don Shartzer will answer our questions about the issue below.

Last month a delegation from Ohio CURE visited Director Gary Mohr and others at the Dept of Rehabilitation & Reconciliation.  Mohr spoke of great concern that the following provision of the sentencing “reform” bill HB 86 of 2011 is not being utilized sufficiently; he expected 10 times as many recommendations as received.  Almost all of the recommendations came from one county (not Franklin) — are the judges recalcitrant on this?

Some questions:

Director Mohr implied that the defense attorney should request this recommendation — is that right?

How many “offenders,” roughly,  fall under these restrictive qualifications?

Which judges in Franklin County would be receptive to making this recommendation?  We could make appointments to see them. 

Address:  Hanna House, 1021 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh (two doors (east) of American Red Cross)

Parking: Saturday, on street or behind the Hanna House (owned by Suzanne Patzer and Bob Fitrakis)

Bus Route:  Bus #16 E/W (transfer at Broad and High Streets), $2/one way with transfer too

Next Anticipated COPA meeting and SALON:  Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 4:30pm

Salon:  6:30-midnight

Thank you for your concern about human beings who deserve humane treatment.

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Although the needs of prisoners and their families and friends never ends, COPA is taking a break this month and will not be meeting.

However, if you want to gather together for lively conversation, good food, entertainment in the fashion of the old time salons, join the Second Saturday Salon tomorrow (July 13) from 6:30 to midnight. Donations of food or funds for food welcome – drinks, main dishes, snacks, desserts – you name it – all shared and all enjoyed.

See you next month for COPA at 4:30pm

Address:  Hanna House, 1021 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh (two doors (east) of American Red Cross)

Parking: Saturday, on street or behind the Hanna House (owned by Suzanne Patzer and Bob Fitrakis)

Bus Route:  Bus #16 E/W (transfer at Broad and High Streets)

Next Anticipated COPA meeting and SALON:  Saturday, September 14, 2013

Salon:  6:30-midnight

Thank you for your concern about human beings who deserve humane treatment.

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Rally at ODRC at NOON Today for Old Law Prisoners

Let us not forget about the Old Law prisoners and the even older practice of inequality, unfairness and discrimination.  Old Law prisoners deserve a chance to have their lives behind bars be as fully considered as the crime and “facts” are considered, the latter of which can never change. People change, facts of crimes do not.

Join us, a group of concerned Ohioans and supporters, at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 W. Broad Street (on bus line and parking in rear and nearby streets) from noon to 1pm to encourage and demand that Ohio’s Parole Board members fully consider the programming, record, and personal statements of others about Old Law Prisoners’ lives behind bars and show Ohio real leadership in doing this right thing. Release Old Law prisoners now.

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No JULY Meeting for COPA

Although the needs of prisoners and their families and friends never ends, COPA is taking a break this month and will not be meeting.

However, if you want to gather together for lively conversation, good food, entertainment in the fashion of the old time salons, join the Second Saturday Salon tomorrow (July 13) from 6:30 to midnight. Donations of food or funds for food welcome – drinks, main dishes, snacks, desserts – you name it – all shared and all enjoyed.

See you next month for COPA at 4:30pm

Address:  Hanna House, 1021 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh (two doors (east) of American Red Cross)

Parking: Saturday, on street or behind the Hanna House (owned by Suzanne Patzer and Bob Fitrakis)

Bus Route:  Bus #16 E/W (transfer at Broad and High Streets)

Next COPA meeting and SALON:  Saturday, August 10, 2013

COPA:  4:30-6pm

Salon:  6:30-midnight

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COPA Monthly Meeting Saturday, March 9, 2013, 4:30pm

Folks, it’s that time again.

Please join the Central Ohio Prisoner Advocates (COPA) for our monthly meeting. We will have updates on reentry in Franklin County, the upcoming conference on the 20th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising and whatever you have to bring to the table. Please plan to stay for the monthly Second Saturday Salon at our meeting site, 1021 E. Broad Street, parking on street and in back and directly on COTA bus line (2 doors down from American Red Cross and across the street from Wendy’s).  For information, call 614-447-0012 or log a message here to get on email list. Welcome one and all – formerly incarcerated persons are especially welcome.

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Stop Voter Suppression in Ohio’s Local Jails

Don't suppress the vote - even in Ohio's local jails for the charged but not convicted!

Don’t suppress the vote – even in Ohio’s local jails for the charged but not convicted!

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