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    234 schoolgirls in Nigeria, ages 16 to 18, were abducted two days before the South Korean shipwreck. Armed men broke into a school in the northeastern city of Chibok, shot the guards and took the girls away while they were taking a physics exam. The attack has been linked to Boko Haram, a jihadist affiliate of al-Qaida.

    So why haven’t we heard about it? Simply put, because the world has very different views on South Korea and Nigeria. One is among the richest countries in the world and a powerful Western ally with a high quality of life and strong international presence. The other is in Africa, where, you know, these things happen all the time — or so we’re led to believe.

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    Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

    In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

    The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

    Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

    In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

    Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

    In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

    California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

    Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.


    (via thepeoplesrecord)


    There are 2.3 million prisoners behind bars in the United States, costing the federal government about $55 billion a year. Ten percent of all prisons in the U.S. are privately operated. The Daily Ticker embarked on an investigation to take you behind the scenes of this unique and secretive industry.

    In 1984 the Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) revolutionized the way prisons in the United States operate. The company took over a prison facility in Hamilton County, Tennessee — the first time a private operator was contracted to run a jail. More prison companies were created and contracts continued to flow — between 1990 and 2010 the number of privately operated prisons in the U.S. increased 1600%. The increase in privately operated prisons has outpaced both the growth of public prison facilities and even the U.S. population.

    Private prisons bring in about $3 billion in revenue annually, and over half of that comes from holding facilities for undocumented immigrants. Private operations run between 50% to 55% of immigrant detainment facilities. The immigration bill battling its way through Washington right now might also mean good things for private prisons. Some estimate that the crackdown on undocumented immigrants will lead to 14,000 more inmates annually with 80% of that business going to private prisons.

    The prison industry has also made money by contracting prison labor to private companies. The companies that have benefited from this cheap labor include Starbucks (SBUX), Boeing (BA), Victoria’s Secret, McDonalds (MCD) and even the U.S. military. Prison laborers cost between 93 cents and $4 a day and don’t need to collect benefits, thus making them cheap employees.

    Federal Prison Industries, a company that contracts out prison labor, made over $900 million in revenue last year. FPI has prisoners working in apparel, clean energy, printing, document conversion and call centers. While FPI claims that prisoners are gaining real-world skills and learning trades, some argue otherwise.

    “This is a threat to not just established industries; it’s a threat to emerging industries,” says Representative Bill Huizenga (R-Mich).

    While CCA and the GEO Group claim that private prisons bolster competition and efficiency in the prison system, Christopher Petrella, a prison policy analyst and author, argues that it’s the opposite.

    “What’s fascinating is that two companies alone constitute 75% of the entire ‘private prisons market’ and so often the two companies will make claims that competition ends up bringing efficiency and efficacy into the marketplace and their services but unfortunately is creating a duopoly,” he says.

    Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group made $1.7 and $1.6 billion in annual revenue last year. CCA operates 67 federal and local facilities and has about 40% market share while the GEO Group operates 95 prisons in the U.S. and abroad.

    These companies are not classified as correctional facilitators; they consider themselves real estate investment trusts, or REITs, to limit corporate tax liability. Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group derive about 40% of their revenue from the federal government — and are exempt from paying federal taxes.

    (via cultureofresistance)




    May Day 2014 - Raleigh, North Carolina

    #Not1More, #OrganizetheSouth, #MayDay2014, #Fightfor15

    On May 1, International Workers Day, join workers, immigrants, youth, the unemployed, educators, fast food workers, and many others to stand up for our rights. We will be joining millions of workers and immigrants around the world that will be striking, protesting and marching for our human rights, power and dignity. 

    Our demands include:

    • We demand a $15 Minimum Wage. Everyone deserves a living wage. 
    • We demand Legalization for All, Not 1 More Deportation or Detention!
    • Defend the Right to Protest! Drop the Charges Against All Moral Monday Arrestees! 
    • A people’s budget, that includes full funding for public sector jobs and services. Housing, Healthcare, Education and Jobs for All!
    • Fair pay and an end to workplace discrimination for women and LGBTQ people
    • Make the corporations and the wealthiest few pay their fair share of taxes to end cuts on the backs of poor and working people!
    • The right to join a union & organize for all workers, the right to collective bargaining!
    • International Solidarity, No to Trans-pacific partnership! 
    • End Police Brutality & Racial Profiling - Stop Racist War on Black Community and All People of Color (POC)!
    • End U.S. Wars, Bring the Troops Home!
    • End Religious Discrimination!
    • Environmental Justice Now! 


    Opening rally at the Wake County Courthouse

    March to NC Budget Office, 116 West Jones Street and protest Gov. McCrory’s Budget Director Art Pope low wage economy corporate money in politics.

    March to State Capitol (south side lawn) for closing rally. 

    (via cultureofresistance)



    Day 1, reject and protect #nokxl

    If I should steal something from you, you can call a policeman and have me arrested. The law will punish the thief, and the government will return to you the stolen property, if possible, because the law forbids stealing. It says that no one has a right to take anything from you without your consent.

    But your employer takes from you what you produce. The whole wealth produced by labor is taken by the capitalists and kept by them as their property.

    The law says that your employer does not steal anything from you, because it is done with your consent. You have agreed to work for your boss for certain pay, he to have all that you produce. Because you consented to it, the law says that he does not steal anything from you.

    But did you really consent?

    When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You ‘consent’ all right, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun.

    Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you, just as the highwayman’s gun. You must live, and so must your wife and children. You can’t work for yourself, under the capitalist industrial system you must work for an employer. The factories, machinery, and tools belong to the employing class, so you must hire yourself out to that class in order to work and live. Whatever you work at, whoever your employer may be, it always comes to the same: you must work for him. You can’t help yourself You are compelled.

    In this way the whole working class is compelled to work for the capitalist class. In this manner the workers are compelled to give up all the wealth they produce. The employers keep that wealth as their profit, while the worker gets only a wage, just enough to live on, so he can go on producing more wealth for his employer. Is that not cheating, robbery?”

    Alexander Berkman | What Is Communist Anarchism?

    (via cultureofresistance)



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    Most expensive states for child care


    Over on Fact Tank, we dug into the data on child care, gender and work, and stay-at-home mothers. 


    Cast and Crew from Newlyweeds at Sundance Film Fest 2013


    so|fraiche!Create+ Get your tickets for the UK premiere of Newlyweeds produced with Q&A from Gbenga Akinnagbe #sofraiche #create #Newlyweeds #TheNuBlk #ADTV #PristineProspects #london #uk



    watched newlyweeds on netflix last night - i was hesitant at first, because a lot of the (negative) reviews said it was only enjoyable if you’re a stoner, which i think can often be true of this type of movie, but i thoroughly enjoyed it and i’m pretty much the furthest thing you can get from being a pothead…

    it’s beautifully shot, pretty funny, and the acting was great. definitely an easy watch if you’re looking for something interesting but not too intense.


    easter | Tumblr on We Heart It.

    Happy Easter everyone


    From a minimum wage hike to his newly unveiled plan to grow job training options in America, Pres. Obama is fighting for fairness. Many on the right, however, are fighting against those same policies, even when voters are demanding them.


    Read: WaPo

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