Hundreds gathered in the Earline Patrice Park to say goodbye to a community leader and tireless human rights advocate. It seems like everyone there had a story to tell of Mae's dedication and bravery when fighting for racial justice. She used to stop her car when the police arrested a Black motorist or walker. And she would get her camera out, just so the police would know someone was watching them. And that was thirty years ago.
Mae has her own special place on that "moral arc of the universe," as Martin Luther King described it. The reason that arc "bends toward justice" is the millions of people like Mae Parker-Harris who have never quite given up on our country. Rest in peace!
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has just published a Final Report on the results of their Task Force on Mental Health And Trauma Informed Representation. The full report can be reviewed here:
Among the recommendations in the report, NYSBA recommends that New York State "pass Treatment Not Jail Act (S1976, A1263), or consistent legislation that would provide courts with guided discretion needed to authorize diversion, as opposed to incarceration, for people entangled in our criminal justice system who need services and support for mental disabilities."
This support is added to the support for the bill documented in a May 13, 2022 memorandum.
The ENJAN Curators