Travesty Tuesday


All attempts to reform mass incarceration through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics, the courts and state and federal legislatures are useless. Corporations, which have turned mass incarceration into a huge revenue stream and which have unchecked political and economic power, have no intention of diminishing their profits. And in a system where money has replaced the vote, where corporate lobbyists write legislation and the laws, where chronic unemployment and underemployment, along with inadequate public transportation, sever people in marginal communities from jobs, and where the courts are a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate state, this demands a sustained, nationwide revolt.

“Organizing boycotts, work stoppages inside prisons and the refusal by prisoners and their families to pay into the accounts of phone companies and commissary companies is the only weapon we have left,” said Amos Caley, who runs the Interfaith Prison Coalition, a group formed by prisoners, the formerly incarcerated, their families and religious leaders. “Mass incarceration is the most important civil rights issue of our day. And it is time for communities of faith to stand with poor people, mostly of color, who are unfairly exploited and abused. We must halt human rights violations against the poor that grow more pronounced each year,” Caley said here. He and other prison reform leaders spoke Saturday at the Elmwood Presbyterian Church.

“We have to shut down the system,” said Gale Muhammad, another speaker and the founder and CEO of Women Who Never Give Up. “All the companies that use prison labor have to be boycotted. And we can’t stop there. We have to boycott the vending machines in the prisons and the phone companies. We have to stop spending our money. Until we hit them in the pocket they won’t listen.”

Chris Hedges @ TRUTHDIG

A similar article from THE NATION, August 2011


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18 Responses to Travesty Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Plenty of corporates willing to invest in cheap prison labor to make their profits even bigger.
    Doncha just love Capitalism in the hands of the greediest of Americans?


  2. º¿carol says:

    Maybe climate change will do us in before we’re all in the corporate prison system. As it is, the future doesn’t look a bit rosy, there pretty much isn’t any hope for mankind. We’re doomed.

    I posted the Hedges article on my FB page, cut paragraphs for the comments for those that probably won’t click on the article.

    Let’s face it, half of mankind doesn’t give a rip about the big picture of anything.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Made some egg salad sandwiches out of the 40 eggs I dyed for Easter. I put jalapeno stuffed olives in it, mmm…….

    No cooking for me, have those eggs to get thru AND the leftover turkey. YAY!!!!

    Brian is here now, grouting the tile on the walls and the tile on the floor. Hope he fixes the tub drain so it holds water, I WANT A BATH!!! Would prefer a shower, but the shower curtain rod isn’t back up yet, but I’ll take the bath. I’m getting pretty ripe, lol!


  4. Den says:

    Pouring buckets here right now, yellow on the radar, still just a drop in that bucket.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Den — Carol & I would like a before pix.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Pretending it is after 5.


  7. Den says:

    Tough day indoors keeping warm, better than a cardboard condo tho.
    Now for the electric blanket.


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