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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.

Rise Up Times: Vital analysis of and commentary about current issues you won’t find in the mainstream corporate media. Media for the People!

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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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Challenging the institutional racism and violence in our law enforcement culture: A Not Guilty Verdict to celebrate.

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Protesters in St. Paul, MN, march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

These bits of fractured history are examples to me of the fact that what we accomplish is the result of not just what one or two persons do but rather the result of community action through time.

Roger Cuthbertson, Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Ricardo%20Levins%20Morales%20%7C%20Significant%20Change.jpgAugust17,2018 | Here are some inside stories and insights regarding the trial. For a general account of how the trial went, please see the thorough account based upon the trial notes of Jo Schubert, and nicely written up by Sue Ann Martinson in Rise Up Times.

Note: As we were preparing to publish these reflections on our trial, news broke on August1, 2018, that the City of St. Paul has dismissed charges facing 17 protesters who were arrested near the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul in July 2016. We understand the news to mean that all of the remaining charges against all of the remaining defendants from the governor’s mansion arrests of July 2016 have been dropped. City Attorney, Lindsey Olson, made the announcement.

Roger Cuthbertson was arrested for protesting the killing of Philando Castile by police officer Jeronimo Yanez. These are his reflections on the trial andNot Guilty verdict on June 14, 2018 in Ramsey County Court, Minnesota.

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High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before.

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  • Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before
  • His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
  • Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law
  • Kavanaugh has been … continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law.

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Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before

 

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/kavanaugh-protest-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80Demonstrators protest against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 4, 2018. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)


His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
 
Phyllis Bennis, William J. Barber II, the Nation

October 5, 2018 | It’s a familiar story: A candidate for president loses the popular vote, is still selected by the Electoral College, and nominates judges to federal courts who reverse groundbreaking civil-rights laws.

Trump and Kavanaugh aren’t the first.

It happened before, starting in 1876. By the end of 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes–appointed federal judges were presiding over the end of Reconstruction. Jim Crow segregation came back in full force, the Klan rose again with no legal challenge, and an era of lynching exploded across the South and beyond.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power.

William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer, Repairers of the Breach.


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Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law

https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/US-supreme-court-by-Huffington-Post-1.jpgKavanaugh has been so continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law in every regard that this corrupt appointment reaches into the depths of a ‘tyrannical faction’ now in control of our federal government and institutions. It has so overreached in lawless and naked abuse of power that only keeping the public in ignorance can allow it to continue into the mid-term elections this November – the acid test of US democracy which is now before us. 

John McMurtry and Matthew Stanton, Global Research

Global Research, October 05, 2018 | Despite the historic stakes of the ram-through appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States of a serial liar and alleged early rapist, who loudly denounces his Senate questioners as a “left-wing conspiracy” – sniffing all the time as his habit – there has been no legal analysis of his abetted crimes of persistent false statements and declarations, and factional subversion of the rule of law and the US Constitution itself. 

As law and moral philosophy professors writing just as the White-House-counsel controlled FBI ‘investigation’ is hidden under cover from citizens and the press, we are moved by duty to explain what has so far been lost in media melodrama, political cover-up at the highest levels, he-says-she-says reductions, and the politics of effectively usurping the rule of law in the United States.

Matthew Stanton is a long practising Chicago attorney  and law professor, and John McMurtry is a moral philosopher and author whose work has been translated across the world.

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America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.

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‘If there are no legal consequences for profiteers who defrauded the global economy into a collapse, what will deter those profiteers from doing that again?’ Illustration: Mark Long/Mark Long for Guardian US

Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history.

David Sirota, the Guardian

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Fri 5 Oct 2018 | When the former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was released from prison a few weeks ago, the news conjured memories of a corporate scandal that now seems almost quaint – and it was also a reminder that Enron executives were among the last politically connected criminals to face any serious consequences for institutionalized fraud.

Since Skilling’s conviction 12 years ago, our society has been fundamentally altered by a powerful political movement whose goal is not merely another court seat, tax cut or election victory. This movement’s objective is far more revolutionary: the creation of an accountability-free zone for an ennobled aristocracy, even as the rest of the population is treated to law-and-order rhetoric and painfully punitive policy.

David Sirota is a staff writer for PandoDaily, television commentator and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, the
Nation and Salon.com. He covers the intersection of politics, technology and popular culture.

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