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Private Prisons as Profit Factories – How Banks & Wall St Control & Profit from the (In)Justice System

The bottom-line goal of a private prison system is to turn a profit, without consideration for – and often to the detriment of – any benefit to society. This is true of all public resources that are being undermined by privatization – water, land, education, even the administration of public assistance benefits (JP Morgan turns a healthy profit from processing food stamps). People will argue that privatization is more efficient. I agree. Private prisons are more efficient at turning public funds into profit for their shareholders, which include “too-big-to-fail” Wells … Continued


Vision for the Rights of Police Officers

I will soon be submitting the following to the Oakland Police Officers’ Association, the Office of the Chief of Police, and to the Office of the Mayor. I am also exploring strategies to get it directly into the hands of police officers. I believe that the most effective change comes when we struggle for each other rather than against each other. It is in this spirit that I am advocating for police officers to have rights that specifically protect their relationship with their communities against the control and influence of … Continued