One year ago today, Gov. Snyder and his allies in the Michigan legislature ignored the voices of Michigan workers and rammed through a so-called “right to work” law.
Congressman Dan Kildee has a simple question: Where are the jobs that were promised because of this law? http://ift.tt/1bwfs9a
Police say black eye was the result of a dispute with her boyfriend, not an attack by a stranger.
The so-called knockout game has always been a distracting, malicious, anti-black propaganda effort. This Racist (White Supremacist) myth that portrays young black males as a violent mob of teens who are are targeting unsuspecting pedestrians for a cheap thrill has repeatedly been debunked. In a society where non-white people are dominated in all major areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, war), it is important to maintain a healthy level of suspicion of all media messages. Whenever the most vulnerable members of society are presented as an uncontrollable aggressive force and the most powerful class as helpless victims, you can be sure that you are bearing witness to Racist deceit, one of the two key components of the system of Racism (White Supremacy). The other component is savage violence of which deceit is often a precursor.
You don’t have to be Catholic to recognize the wisdom of Mother Teresa and this young man speaking for Life Side News. You just have to be a Bible reader and a lover of Christ. I agree with every word and every connection made. The culture of…
Prison Shocker: U.S. Imprisons Three Times as Many Black People as South Africa During Apartheid
Even Congressional Republicans were a bit disturbed by that stat.
The United States imprisons almost three times as many Black people than were jailed in South Africa during Apartheid, Rep. Spencer Bachus said Thursday during a subcommittee oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Prisons. While games of comparison are rarely productive, the American prison industrial complex has seen cries of racism for years now. And for once, both Democrats and Republicans are up in arms over the shocking state of affairs and say they are in favor of overhauling a system that many say is broken and biased.
Bachus reported that the U.S. prison population hovered around 24,000 for most of the 1900s until suddenly, in the 1980s, the country saw a staggering rise in the inmate population to nearly a quarter million. The main causes? the War on Drugs that began in the 1980s under then-President Ronald Reagan, mandatory sentencing and three-strikes laws, all of which, most agree, disproportionately affect minorities.
The rise in prison population may have another less publicized cause: gradual privatization of the prison industry, with its profits over justice motives. If the beds aren’t filled, states are required to pay the prison companies for the empty space, which means taxpayers are largely left to deal with the bill that might come from lower crime and imprisonment rates. Most privately built prisons mandate 90%-occupancy rates, according to the new report by In The Public Interest. The incentive to do so is big. When the state of Arizona recently failed to meet its 97% quota, the state paid the prison company Management & Training Corporation $3 million, the Huffington Post reports.
Of all the contracts that the advocacy group assessed, nearly two-thirds of the quotas were met. The prisons in question then were found to use the profits to expand their reach, pulling a variety of strings in an effort to make lawmakers increase incarceration stats through new laws. The US currently leads the world in incarcerating its residents, with one in every 100 adults behind bars, making it a $6 billion annual industry. Over the past 30 years, the prison population has more than quadrupled, mostly due to the very same drug offenses that disproportionately African Americans.
"There has to be an effort to reduce the population," BOP Director Charles Samuels Jr. told the subcommittee. Soon after. Rep. Bobby Scott, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee joined forces with Bachus and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz to sponsor a House reform bill, signaling a rare moment of bi-partisan agreement.
Other subcommittee members pressed Samuels on other issues, including prison staff safety, the cost of making a phone call, which is .23 a minute for domestic calls, and various other costs that come from taxpayer money. Though Samuels was unable to provide requested statistics, both parties agreed that the bloated prison population creates a dangerous environment for both inmates and staff, creating an open floodgate for a ride in public safety concerns, making reform a rare cross-party imperative.
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U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki • Denouncing a high-court ruling in India that criminalizes consensual sex between two people of the same gender. The ruling, which reversed a 2009 ruling on the issue, calls on legislative bodies to amend the law mandating the ban. The ruling prompted protests in the country. (via shortformblog)