JIMMY WALES: RICHARD O´DWYER AND THE NEW INTERNET WAR

Jimmy Wales: Richard O’Dwyer and the new internet war:

http:/Jimmy Wales: Richard O’Dwyer and the new internet war: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/24/richard-o-dwyer-my-petition Richard O’Dwyer: living with the threat of extradition: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/24/richard-odwyer-extradition-threat-tvshack-net Video interview with Richard O’Dwyer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/video/2012/jun/25/richard-o-dwyer-extradition-copyright-infringement-video /www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/24/richard-o-dwyer-my-petition Richard O’Dwyer: living with the threat of extradition: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/24/richard-odwyer-extradition-threat-tvshack-net Video interview with Richard O’Dwyer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/video/2012/jun/25/richard-o-dwyer-extradition-copyright-infringement-video

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There’s a hidden 4th world about to explode: the world of slums. These sub-populations survive in the direst of circumstances, excluded from mainstream society. What’s more they’re growing at an alarming rate. In 2007 1 billion people lived in slums, by 2030 it will be 2 billion. This eye-opening investigation brings us inside the world’s shanty towns and explores the reasons for their rapid expansion and the consequences if this mass of deprived humanity is ignored.

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“Land of the Free”: the Best Investigative Reporting on U.S. Prisons

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Timeline of total number of inmates in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. From 1920 to 2006. Data sources: http://www.nationalinstituteofcorrections.gov/Library/015837 http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/00-05_REP_PunishingDecade_AC.pdf http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=908 http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=1006. See also the data sources at File:US incarceration timeline.gif. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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whole article there:

Land of the Free: the Best Investigative Reporting on U.S. Prisons

 by Cora Currier ProPublica, June 29, 2012, 1:51 p.m. 3 Email The Rikers Island prison complex.

The U.S. has the highest reported [1] incarceration rate in the world. We’ve rounded up some of the best investigative journalism on U.S. prisons and the problems that plague them. These stories cover juvenile justice, private prisons, immigration detention and other aspects of America’s vast incarceration system. Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital, [2] The Times-Picayune, May 2012 Louisiana’s incarceration rate tops the U.S.’s, Iran’s and China’s. This eight-part series explains how it got there: lobbying from private prison companies, cash-strapped municipalities, harsh sentencing, and limited rehabilitation for those who make it out. America’s Expensive Sex Offenders [3], Salon, April 2012 Programs that keep some sex offenders detained indefinitely after their criminal sentences are up have grown drastically in recent years, and so has their cost—“civil commitment” is on average four times as expensive as prison. But releasing sex offenders has proven politically fraught. (For a few state-by-state investigations, see these muckreads on Washington [4], Virginia [5], and New York [6].) Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates [7], NPR, January 2010 Thousands of inmates are stuck in jail for petty, nonviolent crimes simply because they can’t make bail. This NPR series showed how the country’s bail system “exists almost solely to protect the interests of a powerful bail bonding industry.” What the Jail Guard Saw [8], Village Voice, July 2007 Some guards at New York City’s prison island, Rikers, weren’t just turning a blind eye to violence–they were encouraging it. The Voice has been covering the fallout from Rikers’ “ Fight Club [9]” ever since, and five years later, they obtained gruesome photos showing rampant violence persists [10], despite the Correction Department’s efforts. Hellhole [11], The New Yorker, March 2009 Atul Gawande looked at the U.S.’s widespread use of isolation, which has ballooned in the past 20 years. At least 25,000 prisoners are now held in isolation just in so-called super-max prisons. And their minds can quickly degrade. “The experience,” Gawande writes, “typically leaves them unfit for social interaction.” Why Are Prisoners Committing Suicide in Pennsylvania? [12] The Nation, April 2012 An investigation the effects of solitary confinement on mentally ill prisoners in Pennsylvania. Also see this account [13] from the Arizona Republic: nineteen prisoners in Arizona have killed themselves in the last two years, many of them while in solitary confinement—a widespread practice in the state. The Devil’s Playground [14], Westword, February 2011 Earlier this year the Justice Department laid out new rules [15] aimed at eliminating widespread sexual abusein U.S. prisons. This article chronicles the ordeal of one inmate who tried to report rape in a Colorado prison. Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America [16], Wired, April 2012 America locks up children at a quicker rate than all other developed countries, with about 60,000 juveniles imprisoned on any given day. Photographer Richard Ross spent five years photographing the little-seen conditions inside 350 correction centers across the U.S. For teens guilty of murder, penalties can vary widely, [17] New England Center for Investigative Reporting, December 2011, and Direct Fail: Colorado’s policy of sending teens to adult court, [18] 5280 Magazine, December 2011 In light of the Supreme Court’s decision [19] this week to strike down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, it’s worth revisiting these exposes of juvenile justice in Colorado and Massachusetts, two states that often sentence teens as adults. A Death in Texas: Profits, poverty and immigration converge [20], Boston Review, December 2009 Privately run immigration detention facilities have proliferated along the U.S.-Mexico border. But the small towns where they’re located have rarely benefited. (Such tales aren’t limited to the border, as this report [21] from Georgia tells). Private Prisons Profit From Immigration Crackdown, Federal And Local Law Enforcement Partnerships, Huffington Post, June 2012 The country’s two largest private prison companies have spent tens of millions on lobbying in the past decade and doubled their campaign contributions, as the government launched tougher immigration rules. Since 2005, they’ve also more than doubled their revenues from immigration detention. Clarification (6/29): We’ve clarified this story to note that the U.S. has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world. There are a few countries—notably North Korea—for which reliable prison statistics aren’t available.

Solitary Watch: A Day in the Life of Three Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

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Three French Prisonniers de Guerre / Landwehr Inftr Regt Nr 120 (Photo credit: drakegoodman)

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 A Day in the Life of Three Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

 by Sal Rodriguez

Below are glimpses into the daily lives of three inmates held in isolation. Each has been in isolation for at least five years. Their reasons for being held in solitary vary–one was validated for gang membership, another for an escape attempt, and another for assaults on correctional officers. Their reasons for incarceration vary, from attempted murder to drug law violations.

There are some commonalities in their experiences: none of them have reported meaningful programming opportunities and there is a crippling monotony to their lives. All have reported feelings of frustration–both as an emotional response to their circumstances, but also due to the absence of foreseeable release from isolation.

California Inmate M. has been in the Pelican Bay SHU for five years, a validated Hispanic gang member. He describes his cell as roughly 8 x 12; in his cell are a concrete bed, stainless steel toilet and sink, desk, small stool and a thirteen-inch television. He wakes up at 5 AM, exercises, and takes a “bird bath” from his sink. Breakfast and lunch bags arrive around 7:30 AM. After eating, he spends three hours reading, writing, and worrying. At some point in the day, he is allowed 60-90 minutes on the yard. He describes the yard as a “concrete box, with a mesh ceiling that allows us to see the sky and get fresh air.”

Depending on how much yard time he gets, he usually spends the next few hours watching television, especially sports. Like many on his unit, he enjoys watching “General Hospital.” He then naps. Mail is delivered at 4:00 PM, dinner at 5:00 PM. He eats dinner and watches television before going to sleep at 10:00 PM. This is what he’s done for five years, every day. Utah Inmate B. has been in isolation for 5 years, in Utah State Prison, Draper’s Uinta 1 facility.

 He doesn’t leave his cell to shower or exercise due to the procedures that entail putting a bag over an inmates head, handcuffing and tethering between transports. “We get a styrofoam dinner, which is warm, but two cold meals of bologna (4 pieces), carrots, celery, bread (4 pieces), two cheese slices and one orange with two fruit bars. I wish I could send you a packet of bologna we’re fed for breakfast and lunch.

 A guard once stated: ‘This shit could withstand a nuclear holocaust.'” “I can’t train as much cause my liver really goes through hell. It takes three hours to do it. One hour legs, one hour pushups/burpies, one hour curls/shrugs. But I don’t take medication. The prison won’t treat my Hepatitis-C because they say it’s not bad enough yet! I have to be almost dead before they’ll begin the interferon. My training helps my liver, at least I keep telling myself that. I get real hot, cold. I gave to drink cold water some weeks and hot others. My eyes are always bloodshot and are sunken in. I’m dying that’s the long and short of it.”

“I wake up at lunch 11:00 AM. Eat a white sack and then read or write/sweep floor/clean/bird bath in sink until 4:30PM dinner/styro, eat that. On Fridays and Tuesdays I workout or do crunches at that time too. Then pace from 4:30 to 8:30 or 10:30. I read and write at desk and pace. Each a little. Then second white sack at 8:30 PM. Go to sleep around 3 or 4 AM. “It sounds…bad doesn’t it? And it would be without me doing my heavy workout and having all the dreams I could possibly want to come to me when I sleep. I think because the days are so bland my dreams are more vivid.”

Oregon Inmate C., an Oregon IMU inmate currently held in Texas, described his experience at the Snake River Intensive Management Unit in Ontario, Oregon. “The cells are sealed off pretty much completely, even the doors shut and have a side-bar type thing that fits along the deal. You’ve got to yell to be heard, which is often more of a headache than it’s worth. There’s four large windows at the front of the cells, but you can only see the depressing view of the tiers, and the guard tower. Snake River IMU has always been the most isolated and depressing of the two [OSP being the other].” “The cell is eight by twelve. A bunk running along the side wall, where the toilet and sink combo is behind the bunk.

A table is attached to the other wall, with a small corresponding stool. That’s one of the only good things about IMU in Ontario, the large and spacious cells. But it’s so much more socially isolated and depressing.” “SRCI’s IMU is so damn bright, with the powerful florescent lights. Even the ‘night lights’ they keep on 24/7 are similar to an average light! There’s many things that combine that place into being miserable.” With regards to recreation yards: “In Ontario, you’ve got two. One outside and one inside. And they rotate the days, so you don’t go outside everyday. The inside one is merely a large empty cell pretty much…about ten by fifteen. And there’s a dip bar and pull up bar.

The outside rec yards there are probably ten by thirty, with a basketball hoop and ball out there.” “I’ve always liked to read, fiction and nonfiction, and I try to keep active with a workout, although sometimes it’s incredibly easy to get lazy. I love music, so having a radio has been my escape. I write, although not as often as I used to. There’s not much you can do, but I try to keep busy nevertheless.”

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AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld

How Right-Wingers on the Supreme Court Sold Our Democracy Down the River — Again

The Court’s right-wing majority refused to look at facts that showed how it erred in its 2010 Citizens United ruling.

June 25, 2012 

 

 

When the gavel fell in the U.S. Supreme Court’s chamber after the justices overturned Montana’s century-old ban on corporate electioneering on Monday, it drove another nail into the coffin of American democracy.

Of course, America’s campaign finance laws have been riddled with loopholes for years. What’s new and scary is the emerging audacity and overt politicization of the Supreme Court. 

Taken narrowly, the 5-4 ruling, American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, affirmed the rights of corporations to participate in Montana elections by overturning a 1912 ban that top Montana political leaders and judges said was needed to keep the Big Sky…

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JIMMY WALES; CREATOR OF WIKIPEDIA WROTE AN EMAIL: PLEASE SIGN PETITION FOR JIMMY´S SAKE!

Jimmy Wales created Wikipedia. Now he’s created a petition to stop the U.K. from sending a 24-year-old Internet entrepreneur to the US to be prosecuted for linking to TV shows on his website.
Sign Jimmy’s Petition

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Two years ago, Richard O’Dwyer was in his second year of college in the U.K. In his spare time he ran a website that acted as a search engine for users to find links to watch TV and movies online.

He respected the rules — deleting content when he received requests to remove it. But despite this, he’s now been accused of copyright violation and could face 10 years in a U.S. prison, after the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, signed an extradition order in March.

Richard is not a U.S. citizen, he’s lived in the U.K. all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the U.S. The U.S. is trying to prosecute a U.K. citizen for an alleged crime which took place on U.K. soil.

Given the thin case against him, it is an outrage that he is being extradited to the U.S. to face charges. That’s why I’ve just launched a petition on Change.org to stop his extradition — and why I hope you will sign it today. Click here to sign the petition.

When I met Richard, he struck me as a clean-cut, geeky kid. Still a student, he reminds me of many great entrepreneurs and the kind of person I can imagine launching the next Wikipedia or YouTube.

Copyright matters but from the beginning of the internet, we have seen a struggle between the interests of the “content industry” and the general public.

Richard is the human face of that battle, and if he’s extradited and convicted, he will bear the very real human cost.

The internet as a whole must not tolerate censorship as a response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As citizens we must stand up for our rights online.

Together, the public won the battle against SOPA and PIPA. We proved that when we work together we can protect freedom on the internet. Together, I know we can win this battle too.

Join me and sign my petition to stop the extradition of UK citizen Richard O’Dwyer.

Thanks,

- Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder

Crushed Against The Law: “A Child Offender´s Encounter With Blind Justice”

 

Finnish prison guard

Finnish prison guard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Solitary Watch

News from a Nation in Lockdown

Voices from Solitary: High Tech Brutality

June 28, 2012

Robert “Saleem” Holbrook is serving life without parole in Pennsylvania for a crime committed when he was a juvenile. When he was 16, Holbrook was recruited by adults to serve as a lookout during a drug deal that escalated to robbery and then murder. Under the state’s mandatory sentencing laws, he was given LWOP–an experience he describes in an essay called “Crushed Against the Law: A Child Offender’s Encounter with Blind Justice,” published on the blog maintained for him by friends on the outside. It remains to be seen how the Supreme Court’s recent decision banning mandatory juvenile LWOP will affect his sentence. Holbrook has now been in prison for 17 years, and has spent many of those years in solitary confinement. He is a member of the Human Rights Coaltion, which opposes solitary confinement and other forms of abuse in Pennsylvania’s prisons. He wrote the following piece, titled “Control Units: High Tech Brutality” while in the “Special Management Unit” (SMU) at SCI Greene.  — Jean Casella

A prisoner’s whole existence, especially one in a control unit, is defined by numbers, statistics, and information transferred through an endless process of paperwork. When I go to the Program Review Committee here in the Special Management Unit (a control unit) at SCI Greene, my release to general population is repeatedly denied, they claim, because of a history of assaultive behavior. It is useless to defend myself against their rationale, yet I do to probe the predictable response of my captors.

Their justification for the continual confinement of myself and others in the SMU is based on the rational of a separate committee that determined I am an assaultive prisoner who has demonstrated the potential to harm others. Never mind the fact that this determination was made in another prison. Since a separate Administrative Committee determined that I am assaultive, I must therefore be assaultive. Their system of paper- work and statistics is never wrong; their committees are omnipotent and all knowing.

We the prisoners are mere spectators and captives to the process. Our presence is only necessary to secure our signatures on their paperwork or to say something that can be documented and used against us in future hearings. Our signatures place our consent on their paperwork. They permit us to seal our fate by certifying our consent of their process.

Every step of our day in the control unit is reduced to a methodical and omnipotent numbers system. I am housed in cell 23 on the 2nd tier. I receive 3 meals a day, 3 showers a week for 5 minutes each with 1 bar of soap, and 3 shaves a week with 1 razor that must be turned in after 15 minutes. I go to the yard 5 days a week for 1 hour a day with 1 prisoner per cage. I can only have 1 box in my cell containing only 2 pairs of socks, 2 t-shirts and 2 underwear. I can only have 4 books that must be exchanged on a 1 for 1 basis. I can only have 1 jumpsuit, 1 towel, 1 washcloth, and 1 toothbrush and toothpaste that are exchanged every 30 days on a 1 for 1 basis. I can only have 1 visit for 1 hour every week with only 1 visitor. The SMU Committee reviews my status every 30 days.

The prison officials tolerate no alternation in their process. There is no room for negotiation or compromise. The system must run smoothly. Dissent or resistance is crushed by the Correctional Response Teams dressed in futuristic battle fatigues. It is a ruthless war of attrition de- signed to grind a man down to his breaking point.

The previous method employed by the prison system to break prisoners was to break “bones.” They relied on brute force and unrestrained violence. This method did not sit well with the American public when it was exposed. It also tarnished America’s image in the world as a nation of high standards and values. The method was flawed in that it usually only strengthened prisoners’ resistance and made them stronger men. The prison system therefore directed its resources to develop a method of confinement that would destroy a prisoner’s mind and his will to resist.

The new assault was directed not against a prisoner’s body, but rather his mind and senses. The concept of a complete sensory deprivation and isolation was developed. This concept revolved around the ideas that if a prisoner is deprived of mental, physical, and emotional stimulation, his mind will inevitably turn inward and feed upon itself. With no outlet in an isolated environment, the mind is left to its own devices. The result is that a prisoner’s thoughts run out of control. Concentration becomes difficult and prisoners invent fantasies or images of themselves which they cocoon themselves in.

Some never emerge from this world they create. The mind will seek any relief available. It is not uncommon for men to talk to themselves for hours on end. Insanity and madness rule in a control unit. The units are filled with prisoner’s screams, outbursts and pleas for communication. A man’s nerves deteriorate right in front of his eyes. Each prisoner suffers his own personal hell. Everyone is affected in one way or another. Whether the experience affects him for the good or the bad depends upon the man.

It takes an internally strong man to overcome the isolated environment of a control unit, and an even stronger man to retain his sanity and sense of humanity in such a manufactured, hostile atmosphere. Control units are notorious for turning the strong man into a weak man, turning the sane into the insane. It can turn a man upside down and cause him to abandon all the principles and values he holds dear. Conversely, it can reinforce a man’s principles and values, and turn the weak man into a strong man. Given the control units’ track record in driving men crazy, it is not surprising that the majority of prisoners sent into it are either politically conscious prisoners, prison lawyers, or rebellious young prisoners. It is this class of prisoners that occupies the control units in prison systems across the United States.

A substantial portion of mentally disturbed prisoners are also placed in these units by prison officials so that sane prisoners are subjected to constant verbal abuse and physical assault with feces and urine by this unfortunate class of disturbed prisoners. The presence of mentally disturbed prisoners also prevents unity among the prisoners. Prison officials encourage the actions of these prisoners by rewarding them with token privileges and other superficial enticements. Divide and conquer is the norm and the administration can always be counted on to keep friction going amongst the prisoners.

The prison administration, committees, and guards that operate these control units only view prisoners in terms of our institutional numbers and our files that sit on their desks. That human beings occupy their cells doesn’t register. When a man is reduced to a number he is not supposed to have emotions, concerns, hopes or vision. His only function is to process through the system. Prisoners are only to be added, subtracted or multiplied according to the amount of bed space (warehouse space) available in the control unit. Never are they to be rehabilitated, refined or educated. Everything is reduced to a fine number and is supposed to run as smooth as mathematics. Regiment through force and isolation in a prisoner’s life and thoughts will eventually cause him to break and assume his place in the system.  But the control unit method is flawed because it fails to take into account that humans are not fine numbers on paper. They are not desensitized objects. Under pressure they will resist, fight back, capitulate or retaliate.

The man that successfully makes it out of a control unit with his mind intact is a stronger person than he was when he entered it. He is a man who developed and evolved under solitude and hostility. If he is politically conscious he emerges stronger in his convictions. So though the state may be destroying countless prisoners across the country in its control units, it is simultaneously breeding a stronger politically conscious class of prisoner committed to a revolutionary change in the social, political, and economic order, especially affecting Black communities in America.

The politically conscious prisoners (labeled the worst of the worst by the state) coming out of these control units recognize that a major contradiction exists in American society. This nation which exalts itself as a defender of human rights and an oasis of freedom and justice violates these very principles within its borders. The operation of units designed to rob a prisoner of his mind and strip him of his so-called human rights violate the very principles America proclaims to represent. International agencies such as Amnesty International and Human Rights have condemned control units as inhuman and cruel and unusual punishment.

In spite of world communication condemning such practices, the U.S. prison system is increasing the construction of these units throughout the country. Construction of these units is encouraged and financially supported by the federal government, the same government that condemns so-called totalitarian nations such as China, Cuba, etc. for human rights abuses against their citizens and prisoners.

Since the American government and its judicial system refuse to abolish control units, and a substantial portion of the American public is indifferent to the treatment of prisoners, major international human rights agencies, civil rights organizations, religious organizations, etc. should petition the U.S. government to abolish these inhumane units. Petitions should also be sent to the U.N. and World Court of Justice seeking an indictment and condemnation of America’s control units. Though it is extremely unlikely the U.S. would abolish its use of control units, an indictment would make it far more difficult for this country to play the “human rights” card when attempting to isolate nations it is at odds with. This could cause the U.S. to seriously examine its policy of operating control units.

Prisoners, their families, and organizations that work with prisoners must participate in this campaign to abolish control units and expose their abuses. No longer should the U.S., which condemns the human rights abuses of other nations, be permitted to lecture to the world about human rights, freedom and justice from a podium of righteousness all the while standing on a platform of hypocrisy.

PRAY, CALL ON, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PETITION, FAST, VIGIL: Anmesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

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English: U.S. Supreme Court photograph of Wiley Blount Rutledge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update June 28, 2012

Hello abolitionists,

 Get ready for a TWITTERBOMB!!

 This Friday, June 29, is the day to Tweet or call Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, to let him know that this year’s unfinished business in Annapolis should be his top priority in the coming year. Let’s flood his office that day — we’ll thank him for his past support of death penalty repeal and insist that he make it a top priority in the next legislative session. Use these sample tweets, or create your own:

@GovernorOMalley Today is the anniversary of Furman, let’s

abolish #Maryland’s #deathpenalty in 2013. #EndMdDP

 @GovernorOMalley Thanks to your leadership #Maryland is a

human rights leader. Let’s abolish the #deathpenalty in 2013

#EndMdDP

@GovernorOMalley: Be a national leader, repeal the

#deathpenalty in #Maryland! #EndMdDP

 If you do create your own tweet, please make sure to use the hashtag #EndMdDP

The call-in numbers for O’Malley’s office are: 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336

 Whether you tweet, call or both, also be sure to sign our online petition to Governor O’Malley: http://tinyurl.com/omalleydp

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com). 

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!

 In Solidarity,

Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  for more updates! 

Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

·       Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court. June 29 through July 3. Friday, June 29 will focus on Maryland, with a teach-in in the evening in front of the Court. For more information, go to http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/.

·       Not from Maryland, but want to help?  Contact Andrea or Kevin for more information about how you can support repeal!

 

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Illegal religious system fuels India‘s booming sex trade.

Behind a nation being rapidly developed and globalized lies a society where religion, superstition and old traditions still validate sex trafficking. This report exposes the sordid Devadasi tradition.

Traditionally the Devadasi were highly respected girls who dedicated themselves to the goddess Yellamma. However, over time prostitution became a part of their vocation and is now forced upon them.”Their families think if they get a female chld, ‘Ok, how can we work this liability into an asset?'”. Today’s horrifying result is a system that exploits religious belief to turn children into sex slaves. “I never thought whoring would become my profession”, one girl cries.


 

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A MOTHER´S CRY: WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH MY SON?!

06.26.12 – 2:50 PM

Death and the Bottom Line

by Abby Zimet

Xavius Scullark-Johnson is why the profit motive and a politically powerless population should never be combined. Scullark-Johnson, 27, was three months from getting out of prison for a probation violation when Minnesota corrections officials “put him to death” in his urine-soaked cell in June 2010 by refusing him medical care and turning away an ambulance after he suffered several seizures, says a federal lawsuit brought Monday by his family.

 A state spokesman says the DOC‘s contract with a for-profit health care company works to “manage care in a cost-efficient manner” and “balance the needs of our offender population with the limited resources appropriated by the Legislature.” That balancing act, says Olivia Scullark, killed her son.

“They failed him that night, and they need to have some consequences for what they didn’t do and for what they let happen…These people are supposed to be there to help…Taxpayer dollars don’t go to them to do that to my kid, let alone anybody else’s kid.”

 POOR MOTHER; POOR SON!  I am so grieving!