In the News

Friends of justice has been drawing increased attention to the Curtis Flowers case in recent weeks.  The Flowers case was covered in the August 2013 edition of Rolling Stone, and the April 2012 edition of Reason Magazine.

Dr. Bean blogs regularly for the Associated Baptist Press, primarily on issues of race, justice and faith.  His recent posts can be found here.  ABP also published Dr. Bean’s article on messy narratives on March 28, 2012.

The Jackson Free Press made Dr. Bean Person of the Day when he traveled to the Mississippi captial to deliver an address on criminal justice reform and the death penalty to Mississippians for Smart Justice.

Two major blog pieces have highlighted our work on the Flowers Case.  Joe Allen published an interview with Dr. Bean on Counterpunch; and Colin Starger, former Executive Editor of the Columbia Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, wrote this piece for Change.org.  Finally, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, printed Dr. Bean’s Flowers-related essay “We Dare Not Bury the Past” on it’s website.

Thus far, this piece by Tom Mangold of the British Broadcasting Corporation is the only major news story on the Flowers case but, with the trial slated for June 7th, that is likely to change.

On July 23rd, the Amarillo Globe-News did an in-depth piece on the 10th anniversary of the Tulia drug sting that featured an interview with Dr. Alan Bean, director of Friends of Justice.

In recent months, Dr. Bean’s blog posts have been regularly featured on Sojourners God’s Politics site.

On February 10th, Friends of Justice founding members Charles Kiker and Freddie Brookins Sr. were featured in an hour-long documentary, “Tulia, Texas” on the PBS program Independent Lens.   On February 6th, Friends of Justice Director Alan Bean and Dallas Judge Ron Chapman appeared on the KERA program Think as a lead-up to the Tulia documentary.

For over a year on Thursday afternoons, Dr. Bean has been discussing criminal justice reform issues on “WEUP-talk”, a radio program from Huntsville, with Alabama with journalist David Person.

On November 6, 2008, Howard Witt of the Chicago Tribune asked if the election of Barack Obama would put civil rights advocates out of business.  Friends of Justice director Alan Bean was prominently featured in Witt’s article.

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (the Daily Kos guy) featured the work of Friends of Justice in his new book, Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era. Consider this quote (p.141): “Black bloggers took up the cause of the Jena 6 with a passion.  Originally alerted to the story by Bean, whose timeline of the Jena 6 story was distributed to national journalists like Howard Witt of the the Chicago Tribune, Tom Mangold of the BBC, and Wade Goodwyn of NPR, as well as bloggers like Jordan Flaherty and Bill Quigley, these citizen journalists began their own investigations into the story.  ‘It is interesting that the early bloggers on this story were white, but that the Jena 6 never really resonated with white readers,’ Bean said.  ‘Only when the black bloggers got hold of the story did it really take off.'”

On the first anniversary of the historic march on Jena, Dr. Bean was featured in several articles in the regional press.

On January 5th, a report by NPR reporter Wade Goodwyn was featured on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17869393

On January 2nd, Sheldon Alberts of CanWest News Service, published an article that appeared in over a dozen major newspapers across Canada: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/ocanadians/story.html?id=5e03339c-d478-4ba7-8d19-ef04c62a0794

In February, 2008, Dr. Bean participated in the historic New Baptist Covenant gathering in Atlanta.  His comments during two workshops on race are featured in an Ethics Daily article published in early March: http://ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=10176.

Alan Bean’s comments have appeared in dozens of news stories over the past few months. In late September, Dr. Bean participated in a Children’s Defense Fund conference on ending The Cradle to Prison Pipeline: http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=63312&provider=gnews

In the Spring of 2006, Alan and Nancy Bean made two presentations at Harvard University (where daughter, Lydia Bean, is completing a Ph.D in sociology). While in Cambridge, the Beans were interviewed by the Harvard Gazette: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/04.27/11-tulia.html

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  1. I am a 55-year-old black woman with an M.A. degree who has experienced a pattern official misconduct for decades and I need a lawyer or group of lawyers — fast — to stop it. My problems started when a police officer falsely accused me of having “a history of violence,” causing me to be falsely imprisoned for four days! Actually, I am a very gentle person who has taken just a little too much from evil, destructive, controlling people who see nice people as pushovers to be used, abused and scandalized!

    A while back, I was forced to put a sign in our yard because the police/town consistently refuse to enforce the local Noise Ordinance against a former councilwoman’s relatives. Although almost everything on the property they purchased from her is in violation (including the house itself), I was fined $642. They were required to move a pool filter but not the main source of the noise — the illegally-placed air-conditioning filtering unit. They were not fined!

    Nevertheless, after I put the sign out front, the former councilwoman threatened, “Me and the town are going to take Francine down” and a lawyer, who I later discovered had already been cited for misconduct, stated about my family, “We’ve got to take them down.” Those words began a relentless caimpaign of harassment targeting my family with whom I lived and me. Believe it or not, estranged family with longtime grudges — mostly aunts and cousins, joined in. Among other things, our car was struck in a hit-and-run and I was entrapped when neighbors connected to town hall came to my house and told me where the perpetrator’s van was parked. When I went to look at it, the man came out, threatened me, then filed a false complaint. (I have pictures of him following me in his car!) Someone gave my nephew a gun which we discovered and turned in but which to my knowledge, has never been investigated. Two months later, my sister died mysteriously (appears to have been killed) at the local hospital. Just hours after her admission, CODE BLUE WAS CALLED AND THE HOSPITAL NEVER CALLED ME, THE PERSON SHE LISTED AS THE CONTACT. THE DOCTOR DID UNAUTHORIZED PROCEDURES TOO! WITHIN TWO DAYS SHE WAS DEAD, THEN TRANSFERRED TO A NOTHER HOSPITAL TO KEEP THE CORONER AT BAY. A FEW MONTHS LATER, THE COURT REMOVED ME AS CO-ADMINISTRATOR AD PROSEQUENDUM SO A NORTH CAROLINA LAWYER WHO IS UNLICENSED TO PRACTICE IN NEW JERSEY WHERE MY SISTER LIVED AND DIED COULD HANDLE HER WRONGFUL DEATH! THAT IS UNHEARD OF! HE REFUSED TO GIVE ME A COPY OF RECORDS IN HIS POSSESSION THAT PROVE THE ONES THE HOSPITAL GAVE ME WERE ALTERED. I WROTE THE US ATTORNEY FOR CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA AND HE SENT MY COMPLAINT TO THE NORTH CAROLINA BAR (NCB) — WHICH IS NOT REALLY RESPONDING TO MY COMPLAINT. AS YOU MAY RECALL, THE NCB BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST MIKE NIFONG REGARDING THE DULE RAPE AND DISBARRED HIM THE DAY AFTER HIS CONVICTION! THIS IS BLATANT DISCRIMINATION — UNEQUAL JUSTICE!

    NOW, I AM BEING THREATENED FOR STANDING UP TO THE OFFICIALS AND PEOPLE INVOLVED.

    IT APPEARS MY TELEPHONE IS ILLEGALLY TAPPED AND ALMOST NOT A DAY PASSES THAT MY COMPUTER DOES NOT RECOVER FROM FATAL ERRORS!

    ONDE DAY, I HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT COURT TV WAS DOING A REALITY SHOW CALLED, “NEIGHBORS 911” TO HELP NEIGHBORS SOLVE PROBLEMS.
    I CONTACTED THEM AND THEY CAME OUT. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY JOINED WITH THE POLICE AND APPROACHED THE STORY FROM A ONE-SIDED ANGLE DESIGNED TO VICTIMIZE ME. THEY CLAIMED TO BE INTERVIEWING ME BUT WHILE TWO PEOPLE INTERVIEWED ME, THE OTHERS ILLEGALLY SEARCHED MY HOME, PUSHING CLOSED DOORS OPEN AND SUCH. WHEN THEY LEFT THE LIGHTS TURNED ON-AND-OFF. I BELIEVE THEY PLANTED SURVEILLANCE BUGS IN THE HOUSE! THEY ALSO TOOK A FEW THINGS! WHEN I OMPLAINED TO THE PRODUCER, HE WROTE ME AN EMAIL STATING, “I AM TELLING YOU OFFICIALLY NOW THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO A SHOW.” IT WAS ALL A SET UP!

    MY STORY IS A LONG, COMPLEX BUT VERY-WELL DOCUMENTED ONE. I HAVE PICTURES, TAPES, DOCUMENTS, ETC. I JUST NEED EXPOSURE AND HELP — FAST! THAT’S WHY I AM POSTING A COMMENT. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP OR KNOW ANYONE ELSE WHO CAN.

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