(CD) - Attempting to change two decades of precedent, the Trump administration announced its intention Thursday to lift court-ordered limits on how long migrant children can be detained—a proposal multiple critics promptly denounced as "Gitmo for children."
(IWOC) - In the late hours of Sunday, May 20th, Kansas Department of Corrections officials sent a special operations team, known in Kansas prisons as the "black suits," to the prison cell of Eric Sims, imprisoned in El Dorado Correctional Facility. They placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to a holding cell in another part of the institution, along with all his property. About an hour later, another special operations team arrived from Hutchinson Correctional Facility, removed Sims from the isolation cell, placed him in belly-chains and leg-irons, and then put him in a cage in the back of a van.
(IWOC) - Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility are initiating a hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions, their lack of access to basic necessities like adequate clothing, and access to commissary items . Food portions are extremely small, imagine a high school lunch tray where the section for your main course isn't even half full. The food they receive is already lacking in nutrition and comes in boxes labelled "not for human consumption." Food services in the IDOC are managed by the private corporation Aramark, and food served to inmates lacks basic nutritional value and is often served rotten. To make matters worse, Corrections Officers are known to contaminate food with saliva and feces.
Last week, we wrote about an upcoming open carry rally and the thinly veiled racist and fascist connections of its organizer and top speaker. Today, the university has responded by ordering that they "cease and desist from advertising a planned rally on campus" due to the fact that the organizer, Kaitlin Bennett, has failed to properly register and gain university approval for the event.
(BoingBoing) - Harvard grad student Zainab Merchant is detained and invasively searched every time she flies; she's tried extensively to end this harassment, applying for Global Entry and Precheck, writing to her members of Congress, and trying to run through the DHS's Redress procedure.
(UR) - Pretoria, South Africa – The narrative of oppressed “white farmers” in South Africa, now being promoted by US President Trump, is a decades-old neo-Nazi and white supremacist talking point. In fact, current proponents of the South African ‘white genocide’ narrative lie at the intersection of international alt-right and white supremacist networks.
A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag [Photo: Ali Jadalla/Anadolu Agency]
(MEMO) - The representative of the Likud Party, Anat Barko, has suggested a bill to punish anyone who lifts the Palestinian flag inside Israel after it was flown during a demonstration against the Nation-State law in the centre of Tel Aviv.
Chattel slavery was supposedly terminated in 1865.So why, in 2018, are human beings kept in cages and forced to work for pennies and “rented” and “traded” around the country?
This is the reality of the prison labor force in America.The American prison industry costs around $70 billion per year to sustain, and the vast majority of that cost is passed on to prisoners, their families and the American tax-payer.However, there is an additional billion-dollar industry that is largely overlooked by the public:prison labor for profit.Detention centers negotiate lucrative contracts with industry to exploit prisoners as a labor source for pennies per hour, hardly a living wage.Most of what they earn is quickly gobbled up by the company store model, “commissary” in which the basic necessities of life are sold.A cup of ramen soup can cost 10 hours of hard labor in this model.Meanwhile, corporations reap astronomical profits from both the labor and the contracts providing goods to the incarcerated.
Our collective was recently alerted to the fact that a Corrections Officer named Jeff Lecouris who claims on public social media to be employed by the Indiana Department of Corrections, has also posted pictures on public social media platforms of himself wearing Nazi uniforms, his extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia such as Hitler photos, Hitler stamps, World War II era medals and pins, and more. This is coupled with a troubling series of posts in which he displays a penchant for violence, misogyny, and a general disregard for the humanity of Prisoners. Because he was generous enough to provide this information on public forum, we have collated it into the article below.