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I had to be out of town last weekend due to work, but in my absence there was a day of action Feb 20 – https://occupy4prisoners.org/ Many people from Occupy Oakland converged on San Quentin the local state max security prison over in Marin Co. where the rich 1% of the Bay Area live. (I suppose it makes them feel secure to see that constant reminder of our police state protecting them.
Here is a video of part of the demonstration in the village of San Quentin. I recognize the skyline and a couple of people in the audience.
In Ohio prisoners staged a hunger strike on Feb 20 and then went on to extend it. After 3 days the result is that the warden has back pedaled on some repressive measures. I suspect they didn’t want a prison riot.
I’m so proud of this site for discussing this unmentionable subject. I can’t even write about prisions, I feel so strongly like shouting and ranting about it. The prisons for victimless crimes is one of the biggest travisties of our country and California is the worst of the lot.
I’ve been working a bit in prison ministries and hope to somehow start some kind of halfway houses. Me, in my optimism, had been thinking that they’d have to start releasing more prison/victims due to the debt crisis, but I fear that the “private” companies will take over the prisons and start to make a profit from them. Think how competative prison labor will be against the cheap labor of young Chinese village girls.
Grrr. Words cannot express my anger about this!!!!
On another note: I’m finally getting the hang of this new way of posting. I look for the most recent responses and read those, since they float to the top of the Recent Topics.
I noticed a feature that has disappeared, where a red print notice of “3 new comments”. That is gone now.
But if it all went back to a General comments, that would be ok too.
Can this site have red underlines for misspellings? I’ve become used to being alerted to spelling errors.
Interesting that the police union is ready to rebel against TPTB. And your point, Ash, about the military not being part of that, reminds me that some months ago I recall a huge sale of military goods, including tanks. They seem to have spent some of their bail out buying up the weapons of suppression. Now a policeman can “quit his job”, but a member of the military seems to sign away his ‘right to quit’.
Today’s demos in Athens seem to be just the prelude to tomorrow’s turn out. I expect it will be a big Occuptaion of the streets there. Good for them to not put up with the “austerity” measures that are so that banker’s don’t have to “lose their shirts”. But aren’t all those loans gambles that they get insurance against going bad? So do they get paid by insurance, if the peons don’t have anything left to squeeze?
Doesn’t hitting Control + work on all browsers? I depend on that trick.
As for getting old – lol. Everyone is “getting old” even the 10 year old who will never be single digits again. It’s only the teens and 20s that don’t complain about getting old.
I’m slowly getting the hang of this new way to comment. But… I still miss having it all on one thread in some ways. I really liked the way people would post links to current events that I could explore. I really value this blog’s community especially for its independence and unique perspectives. I hope I can get the feel of that again.
How about a general comments or current events segment for some of the great off topic comments, and referrals to interesting posts on the web?