education

[Past Event] Saturday, June 14th 2014: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop

This workshop focuses on what to do when you are pulled over "on the street", in a vehicle...anywhere you encounter some type of police.  We will talk about what your rights are, how cops try to trick you out of them, and practical ways to assert your rights.   Empowering education on how to survive police encounters.

Instead of Prison

June 5, 2011 by Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine

A “parallel social universe”—that’s what Michelle Alexander calls the world that millions of Americans inhabit once they’ve been convicted of a crime. Those in prison seldom get access to the education, substance abuse treatment, and job training that would prepare them to succeed on the outside. Once released, ex-offenders are discriminated against for jobs, housing, and state and federal assistance; millions permanently lose the right to vote. Without a reliable source of income, many pass along their status as outcasts to their children.

13 Reasons to Shut Down California SHUs*

1. SHUs don’t work.

Rates of gang activity, yard violence, illegal drug sales and assaults on staff are increasing in California, while decreasing in other states. Maryland has recently closed its SHU.

2. SHUs add violence to the prison system.

The psychologically brutal and degrading conditions of long term SHU confinement encourages violence and harassment by guards and enrages inmates.

3. SHUs cause short, medium, and long term psychological breakdown and social deterioration.

SHU inmates have no physical contact with anyone for years on end and rarely are able to talk to anyone else in the prison.

4. SHUs do not serve public safety.

Inmates are often released directly from the SHU to the general public without skills that would help them survive. They are thus often less well equipped than nonSHU inmates to function in society. Staff working in SHU units have higher rates of drug use, family breakdown, and spouse/child abuse.

Police State Much? by Cindy Sheehan

“Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.”
Steve Allen

“Patriotic” Americans are still berating me for “demeaning” my son’s “sacrifice.” A typical message goes something like this:

“Your son died to give you the right to spew your filth against this country. If it wasn’t for the military and people like your son, you wouldn’t have the freedom to protest.”


Oh, really? If I have the “freedom to protest” then why have I been arrested so many times and why did I have a four-month restraining order from protesting near the White House last year that would have landed my buns in jail for six-months if I violated it? Why are activists still being arrested for solely exercising what used to be our fundamental rights?


Madison Area AFL CIO Votes to Prepare For General Strike

This evening in a press release from IBEW Local 2304 President Dave Pokilinski, I received word that the 45,000 member Southern Central Federation of Labor, the local chapter of the AFL-CIO for the Madison and Southern Central Wisconsin area, has voted to make preparations for a general strike.

The press release reads as follows:

JOIN THE DIGNITY CAMPAIGN for Real Immigration Reform

Friends,

Most immigration reform bills before Congress have an built-in bias and nativist prejudice toward immigrants, both documented and undocumented. These immigrants are presumed guilty until proved innocent.  

Many of us believe that a new approach toward immigration reform is urgently needed. Thats why we are joining the Dignity Campaign.  Hopefully, more individuals and groups will join in with this campaign.

Hasta La Victoria!