Marching For Justice For Kofi!

The administration of the University of Florida just doesn’t seem to be listening, and so we are going to hold another rally and march for justice for Kofi Adu-Brempong on April 20th. Kofi, a University of Florida graduate student from Ghana, allegedly “psychotic”, was the innocent victim of blatant police brutality, shot in the face on March 2nd of this year at his residence in Corry Village. This is rally # 3. Details below:

Type: Causes – Rally
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Plaza de Americas
University of Florida Campus
Gainesville, Florida

Join the Coalition For Justice Against Police Brutality in demanding:

1. UPD (University Police Department) drop all charges against Kofi.
2. An independent Grand Jury investigation of the shooting.
3. Implementation of an independent review board for the UPD.
4. The indefinite unpaid suspension of the shooter, Officer Keith Smith, pending investigation.
5. Improvement of mental health and crisis services on campus to help prevent future incidents.
6. Elimination of UPD’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

Gabriel Myers Bill Discussed In Tallahassee

Following recommendations from the task force formed to deal with the matter of the over prescribing of psychiatric drugs to foster children in Florida has come Senate Bill 2718, or Gabriel Myers Bill. The measure, filed and supported by Republican Senator Ronda Storm of Brandon, is currently being discussed by state lawmakers in Tallahassee.

A report on CBS Channel 4 News, Bill Looks to Curb Medicating State Foster Kids, details the particulars of this Bill.

The proposed law would require the state Department of Children and Families to assign volunteer guardians to oversee each child’s mental health care. It prohibits foster children from being the subject of clinical drug trials and raises the age at which children are allowed to take these drugs from 6 to 11 in many cases.

It would also give children some say in the drugs they take because it would require foster children to agree to the use of the psychiatric drugs and would require caseworkers to explain to children, in a manner they can understand, why the drugs are necessary and what risks they carry.

The measure would also require an independent review before psychiatric drugs can be administered to children 10 or younger. The bill also requires children to have a mental health treatment plan that includes counseling for children prescribed such drugs.

The Florida House of Representatives has produced a similar proposed law, House Bill 1567.

Florida residents, alarmed about the over drugging of foster children, are urged to contact local legislators, and to call for the passage of Gabriel Myers Bill into state law.