Posts Tagged ‘prison-industrial-complex’

To download right click and select “save link as” >>> PRISON PT. 2

We had 3 exciting local guests: Miguel Adams (cofounder of Speak-Up-Florida: for the Movement to End the New Jim Crow), Teresa Pugliese (secretary and executive board member of Speak Up Florida and founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCF), and Tommy Cullar joined us also.

We had a particularly stimulating and wild chat even by our standards and even got to stay on the air for a 3rd hour. We split the podcast in 2 parts THIS IS PART 2.

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Human Rights Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
Community Voices Speak Out and being heard to End Mass Incarceration and The War on Drugs with 1 voice. A fight against injustice! 

Speak Up Florida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakupfla/

SSDP at UCF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssdpucf/

To download right click and select “save link as” >>> PRISON PT. 1

We had 3 exciting local guests: Miguel Adams (cofounder of Speak-Up-Florida: for the Movement to End the New Jim Crow), Teresa Pugliese (secretary and executive board member of Speak Up Florida and founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCF), and Tommy Cullar joined us also.

We had a particularly stimulating and wild chat even by our standards and even got to stay on the air for a 3rd hour. We split the podcast in 2 parts THIS IS PART 1.

10527289_745047998909329_4567234301108871329_n

Human Rights Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
Community Voices Speak Out and being heard to End Mass Incarceration and The War on Drugs with 1 voice. A fight against injustice! 

Speak Up Florida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakupfla/

SSDP at UCF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssdpucf/

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http://gawker.com/a-letter-from-ray-jasper-who-is-about-to-be-executed-1536073598/@tcraggs22

Ray Jasper is set to be executed in Texas on March 19. He has written an important letter (above link) regarding the prison industrial complex, capital punishment, black identity and the pressures of systemic racism. Sadly, these are the same problems that have been around for decades and, at least in Texas, things do not seem to be getting any better.

“We look at slavery like it’s a thing of the past, but you can go to any penitentiary in this nation and you’ll see slavery.”

“It’s not about crime and punishment, it’s about crime and profit.” 

“Black history shouldn’t be a month, it should be a course taught year round.”

The death penalty needs to be abolished. Life without parole is still a death sentence. The only difference is time. To say you need to kill a person in a shorter amount of time is just seeking revenge on that person.”

http://politicalblindspot.com/stop-and-frisk-of-african-american-teen/

A 16-yr-old African American boy was sexually assaulted by a police officer during a “stop and frisk” pat-down. The assault was committed with such violence that the youth’s testicles were literally ruptured.

Now, Darrin Manning of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania may never be able to father children, according to thedoctors who performed surgery on his virtually destroyed testicles.

Darrin was a star basketball player with no criminal history to speak of. He was a straight-A student who never got into any sort of trouble. He was with his teammates heading to a game right after school when he encountered an officer who decided he was “suspicious” and needed to be subjected to local “stop and frisk” procedures.

All of the boys with Darrin had scarves covering the lower parts of their faces. But this was simply due to the extreme cold weather that had swept the region, with record-low temperatures that day.

Veronica Joyner, the Principal of the high school the teens attended, said that she herself had given the boys scarves to wear to keep warm in the freezing temperatures. Twenty minutes later, she was informed of Darrin’s “arrest.”

Darrin was put in handcuffs. When the officer began “frisking” him, they grabbed hold of Darrin’s genitals so hard, pulled and twisted, that the teen’s genitals literally tore off.

“I felt the officer reach and grab my butt. Then the officer grabbed my testicles and squeezed again and pulled down. And that’s when I heard something pop, like I felt it POP,” Manning said.

Keon Gerow, Pastor of Catalyst for Change Church, said “We want to have some questions answered and some accountability. We want the entire public to be aware, not only of the Darrin Manning situation, but the entire issue of police brutality.”

This story is without question one of the most severe cases of documented police abuses of power, brutality and sexual assault. Watch the video below and SPREAD THE WORD! There is no excuse for staying silent about this!


Prisoners Stage Hunger Strikes Worldwide.

 

From Charles Davis

More rappers, less business leaders

Addressing graduates at Bowie State University, a historically black college in Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday said the reason more African-American children don’t go to college is because they’re lazy:

“Instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.”

Now, I ain’t black. I am, in fact, painfully white. That said, I do have access to some facts, courtesy the October 2012 study, “Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress,” as reported by The New York Times:

¶ Among male high school dropouts born between 1975 and 1979, 68 percent of blacks (compared with 28 percent of whites) had been imprisoned at some point by 2009, and 37 percent of blacks (compared with 12 percent of whites) were incarcerated that year.

¶ By the time they turn 18, one in four black children will have experienced the imprisonment of a parent.

¶ More young black dropouts are in prison or jail than have paying jobs. Black men are more likely to go to prison than to graduate with a four-year college degree or complete military service.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I am not at all confident this metaphor works but I’d say it’s the mass-incarceration chicken. If kids aren’t going to college, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it has less to do with Nas and the Playstation 3 than it does with one or more of their parents being imprisoned, the lack of good job opportunities in America’s urban centers, and the absolute shit secondary schools that the urban poor often have no choice to attend.

Curiously, though, it appears the president’s wife would rather blame black culture than the institutionalized racism that manifests itself in mass incarceration and an official unemployment rate nearly twice that faced by whites. The notion that black children are too busy basketballin’ and hip-hoppin’ and shit must poll better.

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