prison industrial complex
Considering whether Guantanamo detainees might end up in the Florence, Colorado Supermax prison, NPR put Melissa Block on the phone with Bob Wood. According to Block "He's publisher of the Florence Citizen; his newspaper was active in helping bring Supermax to Florence and he says the prison is good for the local economy." Essentially, Wood tells block that bringing Guantanamo prisoners to the Supermax in Florence is not a controversial issue at all. Read more about NPR Finds Humor in Inhumane Supermax Prisons
Good Boy, Jim. The number that matters? 500% That's the amount of increase in our prison populations, in just 30 years. I knew it was bad, I didn't know it was that bad. Read more about Webb Tries to Win Me Back by Holding Drug War/Prison Industrial Complex Hearings
From: AMY GOODMAN
Last September, a black high school student requested the school's permission to sit beneath a broad, leafy tree in the hot schoolyard. The next morning, three nooses were hanging from the tree. The black students responded en masse. Justin Purvis, the kid who first sat under the tree, told filmmaker Jacquie Soohen: "They [other black students] said, 'Y'all want to go stand under the tree?' We said, 'Yeah.' They said, 'If you go, I'll go. If you go, I'll go.' One person went, the next person went, everybody else just went."
Then the police and the district attorney showed up. Substitute teacher Michelle Rogers recounts: "District Attorney Reed Walters proceeded to tell those kids that 'I could end your lives with the stroke of a pen.' " Read more about How we got to Jena
In the West Ward of Trenton, Councilwoman Annette Lartigue is drafting an ordinance to fine or enforce community service to curb this national epidemic. Read more about Pant-saggers can be fined $150 (plus court costs) or be thrown into jail up to 15 days.
I want to thank the Corrente Crew. I know that viscerally it’s hard to get through but trust me. There is a point. I admire Mike as an athlete, I feel for him as a brother. I understand there are consequences to breaking the law. But this isn’t about cruelty humanity or justice. But then again; It is.
Michael Vick has pleaded guilty. Read more about Michael Vick Pleads Guilty
The IndyKidz tend towards
high polemicism and strong rhetoric, not strong enough language or rhetoric (see: Update with excerpt below) but I still love 'em. They were Shrill before it was fashionable, and they pay attention to stories that even the progressive blogosphere often overlooks. There is another, even longer running war going on, right here in America. Read more about Prison Labor: A Great Investment Opportunity