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Michelle Alexander: “A System of Racial and Social Control”
"When you have nothing and you don’t have hope what the hell do you have?" – KY Official
Michelle Alexander is an associate professor at Ohio State Univerisity, a civil rights advocate and author of “: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
What is mass incarceration?
Mass incarceration is a massive system of racial and social control. It is the process by which people are swept into the criminal justice system, branded criminals and felons, locked up for longer periods of time than most other countries in the world who incarcerate people who have been convicted of crimes, and then released into a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of basic civil and human rights, like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, access to public benefits.
It is a system that operates to control people, o…


How Corrupt Lawyer Ted Cruz Helped George W. Bush Steal The 2000 Election
From Occupy Democrats July 28, 2015
Everyone knows how, on that awful night in Florida in November, 2000, some very questionable activities took place- voter registries purged, people denied votes by being labeled incorrectly as felons, some ballots disappearing all together, and a relentless right-wing legal assault all combined to make George W. Bush the President of the United States and change our future forever.
Jeb Bush’s role in the criminal misuse of the governor’s powers is well known by this point. What is less known is the role of another 2016 GOP candidate. The legal team whose machinations put George W. in the White House was put together by none other then Ted Cruz.
Cruz had formerly clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and one of his first calls was to John Roberts, the man who is now in his tenth year as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Cruz told the New York Times that “We started to as…



By Francis Wilkinson Bloomberg View
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. "We never would've imagined it would've happened in Louisiana or Lafayette," he said after last week's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Jindal responded with a kind of gunner jujitsu, calling for other states to emulate the sloppy standards of Louisiana, which has loose gun laws and has largely failed to supply mental-health records to the criminal background check system, although a law signed by Jindal now requires it. Louisiana has the nation's second-highest rate of death by firearm.
How could this have happened? is perhaps the most dishonest question in all of gun land. American gun culture is impressively pervasive, remarkably influential and reliably deadly. Give the gun lobby its due: It gets results.
It also gives the angry, paranoid and armed a …