Losing my job was one of the most character defining moments of my life. I still look back at parts of it, and smile. Allow me to explain.
As a law enforcement officer, I lived by the mantra Firm, Fair and Consistent. It let the inmates know where I stood, as well as the staff. When people ask me about my challenges, I tell them it was not the inmates as it was the officers and supervisors working around me. Some of my co-workers felt it was OK to be abusive to the inmates AND other officers, physically, mentally, and sexually. I strongly and emphatically disagreed, and felt it was my duty as a human being to stand against this treatment when done in my presence. I already cemented my reputation when I reported the actions of a lieutenant, then was brought up on a charge of conspiracy to commit…
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This is not an easy subject, nor an easy read. My hope is that one person finds a little more courage from my sharing.
The first time I ever came across someone that was suicidal was at the job. Her name was Toni. She was a violent, racist, hateful woman. She was well known for spewing racial epithets to other inmates and to the officers. One day, an inmate approached me and said, “Ms. Peak, Toni’s on her bed trying to kill herself”. I calmly went to the bed area and saw Toni, sitting on her bed with a twisted soda can made into points. She was scraping the side of her neck, drawing blood . She seems in a trance as tears rolled down her face. I tried talking to her asking her to put down the jagged can . Being up close, I could see signs of other…
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September 14, 2015
Trumpmania has infected everything, including my parenting blog. My piece comparing Trump’s rhetoric to the white supremacists I’ve studied for almost 30 years went viral, pushing Watching the Wheels way over 100,000 views. As it spread, I started doing interviews, including with Spanish languages radio stations and a newspaper in Spain. On Wednesday, I will be appearing on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to talk Trump. The blog got reposted on Countrpunch and my comment section has taken on a life of its own.
If you are one of the few folks who hasn’t clicked on that post, here it is:
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As United Against Police Terror SD, we have a commitment of not only calling out the Police, but remaining consistent in our work towards accountability and justice in our own community from police misconduct. What was expressed in demanding independent review of police misconduct, very much echoes our demand to Activist San Diego and KNSJ which are also a part of the Black and Brown Lives Matter Coalition; Transparency, Consistency and Building Community Trust because #BlackLivesAlwaysMatter.
Transparency for we are coming forward with documentation supporting our demand for the protection of our community members,consistency for every social justice activists who claims to fight against police terror, must hold themselves accountable to the community, and our demand is for Activist San Diego to accept this public call out and take the necessary steps in regaining community trust back.
The following video is an incident on May 18th at 4246 Wightman Street documenting a police call…
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Don’t miss out! Sign up now to be part of the Caravan to the Summer Action Camp in Unis’tot’en territory, Northern BC July 6 to 14. This indigenous blockade is part of a growing alliance of people against pipelines. Volunteers are needed now and all year round!
Summer weather brings mosquitoes and pipeline crews to the north. The crews are trying to enter Unis’tot’en territory by helicopter and through back roads, but they can’t escape the eyes of the camp guardians.
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