Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:58 AM
Puregonzo1188 (1,948 posts)
Occupy the Prison-Industrial Complex
Check out this article on Occupy and mass incarceration at Truth-Out.
Since Occupy first exploded onto the scene, many within the political establishment and mainstream media have criticized occupiers alternatively for a lack of demands and for embracing too many seemingly unrelated demands. In spite of this confusion among those who are the self-appointed gatekeepers of political discourse, most people have understood Occupy as being a movement concerned with corporate influence over government, economic inequality and the economic crisis at large. It is precisely for those reasons that Occupy should be concerned about America's penal population (which is not to say that many Occupy groups and occupiers are not).
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Occupy the Prison-Industrial Complex (Original post)
|Fire Walk With Me||Nov 2012||#1|
|sabrina 1||Nov 2012||#2|
Response to Puregonzo1188 (Original post)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:44 PM
Fire Walk With Me (38,893 posts)
1. One private prison advertises to investors that it will maintain a 90% occupancy rate.
Everyone should be aware of this monstrosity, of for-profit prisons, and indeed, the existing PIC. SoCal Occupy has joined other organizations in protesting conditions in the SHU (solitary housing unit), and to support hunger strikes and to end the conditions in general. Of using illegal immigrants as slave labor at less than $1 a day (while prison telephones can cost $5.00 a minute and more). I know this is more than local. I have heard stories of "the two-minute crew", groups of guards who enter a cell and see how much damage they can do to an inmate in two minutes...while one prison managed to help some 88 prisoners to vote in this election.
It is worth noting that Wells Fargo are among the largest investors in prison privatisation companies.
Thank you for posting this. All power to all people!
Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #1)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 02:05 PM
sabrina 1 (62,325 posts)
2. That should shock the consciences of all Americans:
One private prison advertises to investors that it will maintain a 90% occupancy rate.
Is it even necessary to explain why? I am shocked that this allowed, to advertise the enslavement of Americans, which is exactly what this does.
I have hopes that some of their business will be gone soon as more and more states pass laws legalizing MJ. At least one has now cancelled all charges against those who were facing, probably, jail time until this election.
There is a lot of evil, and I do believe it is evil, at work in this country today.
Which is why movements like OWS are so necessary and I am so proud of all the work they are doing in so many areas to try to counter it.