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Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel

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  • The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

Rise Up Times

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September 4, 2018 | The strikers are demanding to be paid the minimum wage, the right to vote, decent living conditions, educational and vocational training and an end to the death penalty and life imprisonment.


Prisons in America are a huge and lucrative business. The private prison contractors Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group have annual revenues of $1.6 billion and more than $2 billion, respectively.


These men and women know that the courts will not help them. They know the politicians, bought by the corporations that make billions in profits from the prison system, will not help them. And they know that the mainstream press, unwilling to offend major advertisers, will ignore them.

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Related:

23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America, Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet


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  • The government and corporations have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers in skyrocketing prison populations.
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge


 

 

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