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Re: “U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Wendell Griffen's appeal

Awe, for the 'sense of humor' of Michael W. Wilson.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 02/19/2019 at 9:37 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Wendell Griffen's appeal

Thanks to the Arkansas Times for covering this story.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 02/19/2019 at 6:25 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Wendell Griffen's appeal

Judge Griffen will go down in history as Arkansas' greatest social justice advocate. A judge with the faith to "stay in the struggle". Do you suppose, Judge, we should just open all the jail ad prison doors as a way of keeping us safe? Not building up hate and anger for unequal sentencing? But worshipping a God of the second chance? Keep up the attempt to move through legal channels.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 02/19/2019 at 5:33 PM

Re: “A century after the Elaine Massacre: remembrance and talk of reparations

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a UN NGO, is going on this week in Birmingham, Alabama. The opening session was live streamed and is still available for viewing. About half-way through the opening session is the report of general secretary Dr. Iva Carruthers. It is great to see the role the Elaine Truth Commission hearing has in her report. It is also great for Arkansas - makes us all proud - to see Arkansas' Rev. / Judge Wendell Griffen moderating what many call the strongest social justice network in the country.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 02/18/2019 at 9:03 PM

Re: “A century after the Elaine Massacre: remembrance and talk of reparations

Let's move this to another level of discussion in that Reparations for Elaine, the epi-center of a dysfunctional America in 1919 and today, is a prelude for Reparations for Enslaved People. A Presidential Candidate on Feb. 1 issued a call for $100 Billion in Slavery Reparations - not as solely a benefit for African Americans but as a way of saving American democracy. Marianne Williams explanations her call for reparations by saying, "We need a moral and spiritual awakening in this country. Nothing short of that will really fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction." In the long run, reparations will increase the quality of life for all people because the spiritual awakening of reparations will cleanse the national soul. And I think we all long for a cleansing of the national soul.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 02/18/2019 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Federal judge says Wendell Griffen's suit against Arkansas justices can proceed

Great news! Thanks for the reporting!

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Posted by Mary Olson on 04/12/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Griffen urges marijuana commission to return to evaluating cultivation licenses

Thanks for this article. Very thoughtful explanation from Judge Griffen.

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Posted by Mary Olson on 04/11/2018 at 7:49 PM

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