What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don't stay full -
Private prisons sue states for millions if they don’t stay full
State run prisons are no better. When they get too empty the unions representing guards start getting nervous, and with just a few phone calls, probation officers start kicking in doors and giving felons violations on bullshit like having an unauthorized savings account or “possession of a weapon” for having kitchen knives. I did time with men who got caught up in these round ups, their stories are always ignored by these pieces about “private” prisons. The next time someone talks to you about “prisons for profit” remind them that ALL prisons are for profit, and all of them need to be closed down.
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Each attack by police that passes unchallenged is a step toward more total repression - toward a culture where police violence is routinized and dissent appears impossible. Against repression, solidarity is our weapon. — Would You Rather Die from 1,000 Paper Cuts or a Single Blow to the Head? (via ninjabikeslut)
This gif is from an anti-monarch protest in Bahrain. Read on if you aren’t familiar with the uprising currently taking place in the country.
Since Valentine’s Day 2011, Bahraini’s have been holding massive and extremely popular pro-democracy protests against the monarch which has ruled since the 18th century. The largest anti-monarch demonstrations has recorded over 525,000 people protesting (CNN estimate) the regime. That is nearly half of the countries population.
Last October, Bahraini authorities indefinitely banned all protest gatherings and rallies, suppressing any sort of dissent on the small island.
Human Rights activists recently pressured members of Congress to force the Obama Administration to suspend an arms deal with Bahrain, but Obama continues to use a legal loophole to avoid congressional approval and arms the monarch with armored vehicles equipped with turrets as well as helicopters and other materials which are used against the pro-democracy protesters.
Although the administration said it didn’t sell flash grenades and tear gas to Bahrain, multiple sources have confirmed that U.S. made tear gas is currently being used by the paramilitaries suppressing the protest. The tear gas alone is to blame for over 34 deaths including the death of a 6-day-old baby (graphic) and allegedly blinding a 18 month old toddler.
According to a leaked document by research and advocacy group Bahrain Watch, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior is planning to import 1.6 million tear gas canisters and 90,000 tear gas grenades. An incredibly enormous amount, especially when you consider that the population of Bahrain is only 1.3 million.
Coincidentally (or not), the country is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, miles away from the neighboring country Iran. That might explain Obama’s reasoning for supporting the regime while denouncing Syria’s.
To read more about the situation in Bahrain, check out my tag or simply Google it.
And while we are at it- a t-shirt peddler in the 70’s created that Emma Goldman quote about dancing, and a veterinarian turned non-profit president made up that Abe Lincoln one about animal rights. We are living in the age of internet search people, check those sources!
Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. —
Chief Seattle (via professorxvx)
One problem- Chief Seattle never said that. A white man wrote those words in 1971 for a documentary. http://www.snopes.com/quotes/seattle.asp
Excited to be speaking at Georgetown University this week with Jake Conroy.
Can’t make this event? Bring Jake and Will to speak at your school this spring! Here’s more:
Someone searched TALON for “Hunt saboteurs a marxist conspiracy. — Ha!
I usually don’t mention that I’m vegan but that has evolved… I think it’s the right moment to talk about it because it is part of a revolutionary perspective- how can we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how can we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet and that would mean challenging the whole capitalist industrial form of food production. It would mean being aware driving up the interstates or driving down the 5, driving down to LA seeing all the cows on the ranches. Most of people don’t think about the fact they’re eating animals. When they’re eating a steak or eating chicken, most people don’t think about the tremendous suffering that those animals endure simply to become food products to be consumed by human beings. I think the lack of critical engagement with the food that we eat demonstrates the extent to which the commodity form has become the primary way in which we perceive the world. We don’t go further than what Marx called the exchange value of the actual object- we don’t think about the relations that that object embodies- and were important to the production of that object whether it’s our food or our clothes or our I-pads or all the materials we use to acquire an education at an institution like this. That would really be revolutionary to develop a habit of imagining the human relations and non human relations behind all of the objects that constitute our environment. — Angela Davis [x] (via emexvx)
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Lubicon Nation Blocks Access Road to Fracking Site
by Meagan Wohlberg / West Coast Native News
UPDATES: Three RCMP vehicles have arrived at the road…
SHAC - A Campaign That Made History is now available at TALON.
Badger traps 'smashed' in cull zone -
More than 100 badger capture cages have been stolen or damaged in the Gloucestershire cull zone, police said.
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"This Draconian System of Punishment and Abuse": An Interview with Former Political Prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur - Solitary Watch -
The following is a partial transcript of an interview with Ray Luc Levasseur, a former political prisoner who spent over fifteen years in solitary confinement, primarily at USP Marion and ADX Florence. Levasseur was raised in Maine, born to a working-class family of Quebecois origin. He became politically radicalized about race and class at a &
Via Freedom Archives.
Eight Anti-MTR Activists Remain in CT Jails
from Hands off Appalachia
On Monday, November 25th, 14 people were arrested for variously…