The letter writer dreaming of better treatment of minority communities, even in Marin, can at least dream on, eh? And write letters in angst, I suppose.
If one scratches the very thin veneer of Marin’s well polished progressive myth, one sees that like just about everywhere else, as long as public and private funds and resources continue to mostly flow in the right direction (see up!), those at the lower levels of the “progressive” token totem pole will always be wanting. ’Tis ever thus, no less in “progressive” Marin.
But hey, dream on.
Our elected officials love to talk about all the “public service” activities in which they are involved. And though some are probably sincere, most feel we taxpayers serve them.
One organization that could use some actual public service is After Innocence (after-innocence.org), an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that saves the world one “exonerated” person at a time. When one wrongful incarceration ends, their work begins.
The organization has so far made free post-release assistance available to 800 people who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Since 1989, more than 3,300 people (representing 27,000 years of wrongful imprisonment) have been exonerated, some with the help of After Innocence, which was piloted in 2014. Needless to say, the exonerated do not leave their former homes with a Lexus, a Nob Hill apartment and a fat 401k.
Craig J. Corsini