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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

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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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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today.

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Dara Linddara, Vox
 

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Jan27,2017 | Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don't want to accept them. They worry https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don't see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

This is what President Donald Trump is about to sign America up for, if widespread reports are correct that he’s on the verge of signing an executive order that would ban all refugees from settling in the US for 4 months and ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.

We’ve been here before.

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Special Report | Our Grotesque Immigration Policy Demonstrates Our Nation's Moral Decay 1/(2)

  •    http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Featured%20story%20banner.jpgPart 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
  • A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in BorderPatrolcustody, are searing reminders.
  • Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This
  • You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.
  • Related: Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. 

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Part 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
 

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A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in Border Patrol
custody, are searing reminders.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/trump2-1544805482.jpg?crop=0.668xw:1.00xh;0.170xw,0 / Dec 14, 2018 | Certain moments in this era serve as grotesque mile-markers on our national march towards a place beyond redemption. The white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Definitely-Not-a-Muslim Ban. The revelation that some California college kids were victims of two mass shootings in the space of just over a year.

But perhaps nothing compares to our treatment of children brought to our border by their parents.

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Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This

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You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Oct 30, 2018 | I think it's time for everyone who Supports The Troops actually to do so. I think if you applaud the Troops that are introduced at ballgames, or if you Thank Them For Their Service in airports, or stick yellow ribbons on the bumper of your SUV, you should be marching right now on the White House to protest the fact that the president* of United States has enlisted 5,000 of the Troops into a racist fantasy that he's peddling for political advantage—and a racist fantasy that already has a body count, at that—and to protest the waste of taxpayer money spent on moving a brigade-level mass of men to the southern border to fend off an "invasion" of shoeless Central American peasants who, in any case, are still at least a month of walking south of Brownsville.

If you Support The Troops, scream and holler and push back hard against the use of the U.S. Army as set decoration for his most recent spasm of bigoted insanity. From The New York Times:

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

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Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us.

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Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 
Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine
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October 05, 2018 | Who are the children whose terrified faces we have seen in images from our southern border as they were literally torn from their mother’s arms? They were, yes, Mexican and Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran. But whose were they also and truly?

In the days after World Refugee Day this year, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was clear about its care. We urged the U.S. government to ensure that people are not criminally punished for trying to seek asylum and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the United States are respected. We affirmed that U.S. policies calling for the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum are contrary to Catholic teaching and violate the rights of asylum seekers and the dignity of children and their families. They also put at risk the long-term mental health and well-being of children and their parents. 
Leo J. O'Donovan https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/leo-j-odonovan-sj> is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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