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“It's called the American Dream because you'd have to be asleep to believe it.” George Carlin This diary was prompted by the exemplary work of davidseth who ...
by One Pissed Off Liberal
Comment Count 154 comments on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM PDT with 226 Recommends
This is a weak simulation of what our government does to people on a daily basis who have not only been held without charges but have been cleared for release as well. Rapper and MC Yasiin Bey, ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 169 comments on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM PDT with 154 Recommends
Mos Eisley? The Texas Senate? Washington DC? No, today I'm talking about California's Prison system. And not those behind the bars. Yesterday, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle , the ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 75 comments on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:08 AM PDT with 139 Recommends
It's bad enough that almost 12,000 adults are in solitary confinement in California's prisons currently, each with an average "sentence" of five years - some for twenty and at least one for forty. ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 38 comments on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 08:23 AM PDT with 138 Recommends
Governor Brown has been attempting to thwart Federal Court orders to reduce California's prison population for, well, as long as he's been Governor in his elder incarnation. He has done everything ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 81 comments on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:17 AM PDT with 95 Recommends
As I type this, a delectable, carbohydrate filled pretzel bagel from Servatti's is busy baking in the convection oven of my favorite coffee shop. Within the next minute or so that bagel will be ...
by Virally Suppressed
Comment Count 31 comments on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM PDT with 91 Recommends
by Maryscott OConnor
Comment Count 127 comments on Tue Jul 04, 2006 at 10:32 AM PDT with 69 Recommends
Some people chain themselves to the White House fence , the Texas Senate railing or a bulldozer for a cause they feel is just. Some ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:55 AM PDT with 64 Recommends
by Welshman
Comment Count 25 comments on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 05:11 AM PST with 58 Recommends
After years of reports showing rampant abuse in immigrant detention centers nationwide immigrants in the sprawling Northwest Detention Center have gone on hunger strike in an attempt to improve the ...
by Horace Boothroyd III
Comment Count 16 comments on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:07 PM PDT with 56 Recommends
A long-running hunger strike at Guant�namo Bay gained several participants in recent weeks amid complaints over conditions at a new unit of the prison. All were being force-fed through tubes, ...
by Rippen Kitten
Comment Count 32 comments on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 07:21 PM PDT with 50 Recommends
I know it's sacrilege to mess with this song, but the days of Johnny Cash playing concerts in California prisons are over, replaced by Governor Jerry Brown whining about federal judges sticking ...
by Mark Fiore
Comment Count 39 comments on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT with 47 Recommends
As I suggested could happen back before this all started ("Will Brown order force-feeding?"), California is now seeking ways to force-feed prisoners , despite prison policy being to let inmates die ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 32 comments on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
by davidseth
Comment Count 27 comments on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 04:55 AM PDT with 39 Recommends
Somewhere deep in the bowels of the California Prison bureaucracy a rule was conceived of : Corrections policy is not to declare a hunger strike until inmates miss nine meals. And thus today it ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 9 comments on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 09:53 AM PDT with 38 Recommends
Following are excerpts from a recent letter from Eva "Amazon" Contreraz, a transgender California inmate, to her supporters. Like many transgender and mentally ill prisoners, she has been taken in ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 14 comments on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 07:39 PM PDT with 34 Recommends
The first days of the hunger strike came and went without so much as a mention in such esteemed mainstream journals as the New York ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 14 comments on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM PDT with 34 Recommends
It all began with an amazing victory: A federal judge declared California's prison medical system unconstitutional. In 2005, Judge Thelton Henderson found in Plata v Schwarzenegger on behalf of ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 18 comments on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 09:08 AM PDT with 30 Recommends
You are a cleaner at Camden Yards, a publicly owned baseball stadium. You will work all night - but first you must arrive at least 2 hours before your scheduled time. You get in line and wait. When ...
by Harriet Tubman
Comment Count 51 comments on Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 07:35 AM PDT with 30 Recommends
Today begins the second week, Day 15, of California's prisoners' hunger strike. More than 1000 prisoners (1) likely remain committed to the strike. Yesterday, the New York Times, in a blistering ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 54 comments on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:39 AM PDT with 29 Recommends