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Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like

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  • Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
  • We’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

Liza Bayless, Yes! Magazine

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http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/11/opinion/justice190v.jpg  Oct 11, 2016 | In July 2015, more than 2,000 members of The Movement for Black Lives—a group composed of more than 50 racial justice organizations—convened in Cleveland to recognize the violence committed against Black people in this country and around the world. At the assembly, participants decided the Movement needed to form a coalition that articulated concrete ways to build a more equitable society. Six legislative platforms emerged that covered issues like economic justice, reparations, political empowerment, and divestment from policing and incarceration. In their Invest-Divest platform, the authors called instead for investment in programming, like restorative justice initiatives, that would decrease incarceration and strengthen communities.

According to the Brookings Institution, White Americans are equally likely to use and more likely to deal drugs, while African Americans are more likely to be arrested, convicted, and sentenced harshly. For U.S. residents born in 2001, the Bureau of Justice Statistics predicts that 1 in 111 White women will go to prison in her lifetime, while 1 in 18 Black women will. For White men, the likelihood is 1 in 17; for Black men, 1 in 3.

Liza Bayles is an editorial intern at YES! Liza wrote this article for YES!.  

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick, David C. Couper, the Progressive 

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There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

 

Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: America Is In Terminal Decline.

 

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  • Greg Mannarino of TradersChoice.net says that our economy is in serious trouble and if there’s anyone out there peddling fiction to the American people … It’s President Barrack Obama … It's Hillary Clinton.
  • “People don’t even know what freaking bathroom to use under this President.”

Mac Slavo, SHTFplan.com

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/IMF%20Cuts%20US%20Growth%20Forecast%20Again%20illus.jpgOctober 4th, 2016 | Anyone who cannot see that the middle class is being systematically wiped out right now is absolutely blind… the dumbing down effect has been taking place here in the United States… People have no idea what they’re doing anymore… They don’t even know what freaking bathroom to use under this President…

The government is trying to overpower us… Someone out here is peddling fiction… It’s President Obama… It’s Hillary Clinton… Anyone else who is saying that this economy is doing good, well, they have an agenda and it’s not in your favor.

Mac Slavo is the Editor of SHTFPlan.com

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The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today

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Just as past public policies created the racial wealth gap, current policy widens it.

Joshua Holland, the Nation

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August 8, 2016 | If current economic trends continue, the average black household will need 228 years to accumulate as much wealth as their white counterparts hold today. For the average Latino family, it will take 84 years. Absent significant policy interventions, or a seismic change in the American economy, people of color will never close the gap.

Those are the key findings of a new study of the racial wealth-gap released this week by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Corporation For Economic Development (CFED). They looked at trends in household wealth from 1983 to 2013—a 30-year period that captured the rise of Reaganomics, expanded international trade and two major financial crashes fueled by bubbles in the tech sector and housing prices. The authors found that the average wealth of white households increased by 84 percent during those three decades, three times the gains African-American families saw and 1.2 times the rate of growth for Latino families.

To put that in perspective, the wealthiest Americans—members of the Forbes 400 list—saw their net worths increase by 736 percent during that period, on average.

Joshua Holland is a contributor to the Nation <https://www.thenation.com> and a fellow with The Nation Institute. He's also the host of Politics and Reality Radio.

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Special Report | How Long Can Economic Reality Be Ignored?

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  • Don’t expect the presstitutes, the politicians, or Wall Street to confront any of these questions.
  • When the crisis occurs, it will be blamed on Russia or China.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

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http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/articles/lg/2852.EconomicRecession.jpg   August 10, 2016 | Trump and Hitlery have come out with the obligatory “economic plans.” Neither them nor their advisors, have any idea about what really needs to be done, but this is of no concern to the media.

The presstitutes operate according to “pay and say.” They say what they are paid to say and that is whatever serves the corporations and the government. This means that the presstitutes like Hitlery’s economic plan and do not like Trump’s.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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