martes, 4 de noviembre de 2008

Obama y la justicia juvenil

La noticia es antigua, de hace más de una década, lo que evidencia el compromiso del hoy candidato presidencial con estos temas en su agenda. No está de más recodar lo simbólico que es que este debate en el que estaba fuertemente involucrado el entonces senador Obama fuese en el condado de County, en Chicago, que es donde nació el tribunal de menores en 1899.




    Close-up on juvenile justice

    Author, former offender among speakers

    By Jennifer Vanasco 
    News Office

    Children who kill are called "super predators," "people with no conscience," "feral pre-social beings" -- and "adults."

    William Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), says "We should call a child a child. A 13-year-old who picks up a gun isn't suddenly an adult. We have to ask other questions: How did he get the gun? Where did it come from?"

    Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the C-Shop. The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center's monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

    Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent seven years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher at the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher at the Detention Center.

    The juvenile justice system was founded by Chicago reformer Jane Addams, who advocated the establishment of a separate court system for children which would act like a "kind and just parent" for children in crisis.

    One hundred years later, the system is "overcrowded, under-funded, over-centralized and racist," Ayers said.

    Michelle Obama, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center, hopes bringing issues like this to campus will open a dialogue between members of the University community and the broader community.

    "Students and faculty explore these issues in the classroom, but it is an internal conversation," Obama said. "We know that issues like juvenile justice impact the city of Chicago, this nation and -- directly or indirectly -- this campus. This panel gives students a chance to hear about the juvenile justice system not only on a theoretical level, but from the people who have experienced it."



Fuente: Chicago Chronicle
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Revisando más, es divertido constatar que hubo en la campaña todo un debate acerca de la relación de Obama con Ayers -calificado como terrorista hoy. a raíz de este panel en que participó hace 11 años. Los medios republicanos trataron infructuosamente de armar un "escándalo" con esto.

3 comentarios:

Metal Guru dijo...

Entiendo que Ayers era del Weather Underground, grupo "terrorista" ejemplar, pues sólo atentó contra propiedades, no seres humanos, y cuyo nombre fue tomado de la canción del ídolo de Estrada, Mr. Bob Dylan, donde afirma que no se necesita al hombre del tiempo para saber en qué sentido sopla el viento.

¿En qué dirección sopla ahora?

Francisco Estrada dijo...

Dylan y Estrada en una misma frase. Una nota que reúne a Cook County, Obama y Dylan es demasiado para una semana de trabajo.

Metal Guru dijo...

Days of rage!!!
Power to the people!!!
Kick it till it breaks!!!!!