Diet discrimination in prisons, jails, and detention centers

first_imgThe interlocking systems of prisons, jails and detention centers were built up by descendants of those made rich from colonial conquest of this continent. The prison-industrial complex continues to benefit this very class of people every day by its existence.As the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party stated 50 years ago:“Once in a very great while, a rich man goes to prison. Maybe he is taking a six-month rap for a company that defrauded the people out of millions; when he gets out after his brief stretch, he’s set for life. And even while he’s in, every little comfort is provided for him, so that the time passes as pleasantly as possible.“Most of all, he is never really isolated, never forgotten. His lawyers visit him constantly, the guards treat him like a ‘gentleman,’ and he is able to conduct his business affairs from prison. Prisons weren’t made for people like this. The fact that a handful of them may be in a few federal institutions is largely an accident. “But the prisons are full, overflowing, exploding with poor, oppressed people for whom prisons have meant the end — of life, of happiness, of friends and family.” More than sympathetic to white supremacy, Jacob Anthony Chansley was seen in videos in patriotic face paint and a horned helmet with fur during the Jan. 6 fascist insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Since driving back to his residence in Arizona, he turned himself into the FBI. Chansley is charged with trespassing on Capitol grounds, entering violently and committing disorderly conduct while there.Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jake Angeli, inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6How he has been treated since his arrest stands out. The Washington Post reported on Jan. 15: “In a court filing late Thursday, federal prosecutors in Phoenix wrote that ‘strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.’ On Friday, however, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Allison walked back the claim of an assassination plot, saying that while it ‘may very well be appropriate at a trial,’ raising it at this stage could mislead the court.” The courts continue to protect and provide for this white supremacist. A judge ruled in favor of him being fed a diet of organic food while in the custody of U.S. Marshals on the grounds that he might have a religious reason to do so. (Newsweek, Jan. 14)Real dietary needs of oppressed deniedIn contrast, people imprisoned in Texas with diabetes can’t receive proper meals unless they go on dialysis. Muslim people imprisoned in the U.S. have been force fed pork. The rules were written by and for white men like Jacob Chansley.Imam Siddiqui Abdullah Hasan, on death row in Ohio, was falsely convicted of the murder of a guard during the 1993 Lucasville prison rebellion. The rebellion started after Muslim prisoners objected to being forced to take a tuberculosis test containing alcohol, in violation of their religious practice.A stark horror in this pandemic; prisons, jails and detention centers have been a public health disaster since their inception. They spread disease, kill people slowly in a myriad of ways, isolate individuals and serve the super-rich as concentration camps for the poor and oppressed.This society’s contradictions permeate these capitalist cages. Jails are typically the largest “providers” of mental health “care,” which becomes its opposite when managed by armed bodies of the state. Sheriffs and police have their origins on this continent in the patrols of people who escaped enslavement.As abolitionists, our goal is not the prosecution of white supremacists to the fullest extent possible; courts, like cops, will not bring liberation. And anything used by the state apparatus in a court of law can be used against us when we hit the streets in the next big upswell against 400 years of racist, capitalist, exploitation. We must take seriously the fascists’ threats of violence and meet them with a mass response. We are not asking that everyone be dehumanized equally in line with the most oppressed behind the walls. Abolitionists, practicing the science of change, are interested in transforming the material conditions that allowed prisons, jails and detention centers to accumulate in the first place. They stand to impose inhumanity and drive down wages for everyone in our class, the working class.We can transform these conditions by organizing around human needs like housing and health care, giving people the tools to organize where their power lies. That may be in workers assemblies, tenants’ unions, unemployed councils, debtor’s unions. We transform these conditions by diverting stolen resources back to the people who created that wealth. And we can do that in part by showing solidarity with people caught up in the prison-industrial complex. We have diversity in tactics, but always with an aim: to crumble the foundation of that which oppresses us.As abolitionist organizer Mariame Kaba has said, “we do this till we free us.” If we do our due diligence in networking and organizing these sorts of groupings together before irreconcilable class antagonisms reach a final boiling point, the masses will decide for themselves that they no longer accept their exploitation. In response to the public lynching of George Floyd, 50 prisoners in Michigan prepared a feast to the extent they could behind bars to celebrate Floyd’s life. August 2020. Art by Jaye Elizabeth Elijah for TheCounter.orgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Teenager dies following overnight crash near Drumkeen

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Teenager dies following overnight crash near Drumkeen Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter A teenager from Drumkeen has died in Letterkenny General Hospital following an overnight crash on the main N13 Letterkenny to Ballybofey Road.The 18-year-old man was the sole occupant in one of the cars which was involved in the head-on collision involving two vehicles near Drumkeen just before midnight.He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he passed away this afternoon.Two other people also involved in the crash, a 38-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman suffered multiple fractures, but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The road from Drumkeen to the Kilross junction near Stranorlar was closed to facilitate a technical examination by Gardai but has since reopened. Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – July 12, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Google+ Previous articleTwo former hotel workers cleared of murder of Michaela McAreaveyNext articleCouncil introduces short term free carparking in Buncrana News Highland WhatsApp News NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny last_img read more

Contractor Still Waiting to Haul Dredge Spoils to Wildwood

first_imgThe hauling of 50,000 cubic yards of bay mud to Wildwood has not begun.Moving the material is one key to restarting Ocean City’s long-stalled efforts to deepen shallow and unnavigable waters on the island’s bay side.The material is part of a filled-to-capacity site in the marshes near 34th Street, where Ocean City has permission to dump dredge spoils.The city in February awarded a $2.7 million contract for a company to haul the material away to make room for new dredging.But Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said Wednesday that the city is still waiting for environmental test results before Wickberg Marine Contracting gets the final green light to move the material to Wildwood. Mallon said the results are expected any day.In the meantime, Wickberg is constructing a reinforced landing under the 34th Street Bridge, where trucks will meet a barge moving the material from the nearby spoils site. The trucks will then shuttle to Wildwood, which has agreed to accept the material to help cap a landfill.Mallon said he did not know if the contractor would complete work by July 1 — the opening of the permitting window for new dredging projects to begin.Bids are out for a contractor to dredge lagoons between Eighth and Ninth streets (Snug Harbor) and between 16th and 17th streets (Carnival Bayou). The Snug Harbor project would use a separate spoils site under the Ninth Street Bridge.On Thursday, City Council will consider a resolution that changes its contract with Wickberg.Council had authorized a $2.7 million contract for Wickberg to haul the material and agreed to pay a separate $14-per-cubic-yard tipping fee to Wildwood. But when Wickberg proposed saving the city $2 per cubic yard by hauling the material to a privately owned site, council then awarded Wickberg a bundled contract for the work and the tipping fees.Facing the prospect of losing its partner in the shared services agreement, Wildwood dropped its price to $10 per cubic yard.The resolution council will vote on Thursday restores Wickberg’s original contract amount. Ocean City will pay Wildwood separately, and save taxpayers $200,000 with the tipping fee that is $4 per cubic yard less than originally proposed. A contractor is preparing a landing under the 34th Street Bridge in Ocean City for trucks to meet barges carrying material from a nearby dredge spoils site.last_img read more

We don’t need this brand of electricity

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Fred Pfieffer’s Jan. 25 letter and recent Gazette editorials calling for improved New York economic development policies,  we can do much better than importing additional river-wrecking electricity from Canada.  The provincial governments of Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are literally destroying large rivers to sell electricity to New York and New England. The developers of the long delayed Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a 333-mile one-way south, one-billion-watt electricity corridor from Quebec to New York City, are quietly obtaining federal and state permits while changing parts of the route hoping the public doesn’t notice. CHPE cables would be buried and eventually abandoned under Lake Champlain and the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers, and along roads and railroad rights-of-way in parts of Clinton, Warren, Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany and Rockland counties.  Despite a minimum construction cost of $2 billion, CHPE would provide only a few hundred temporary construction jobs and a couple of dozen jobs if completed, while the state’s wealth would go to Canada to pay for imported power. CHPE isn’t needed to replace the Indian Point nuclear station electricity when it’s closed in a few years.  With CHPE, the installation of in-state employment-intensive renewable electricity, energy efficiency, and conservation, would likely be slowed because there might appear to be less need for it.   CHPE electricity is being falsely promoted as clean and renewable.This letter shouldn’t be interpreted as Canada bashing.  It’s about protecting rivers from needless destruction.Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamlast_img read more