It’s that time of year to bring back this app
“Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people.
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Oh yeah! I am speaking tomorrow at Laughing Horse books at 7pm about the history of direct action against vivisection. Come on out!
Yesterday I posted an image of a car that had spray paint on it. The car could not feel pain, and the person who owned the car was a financial supporter of a company that had been caught on film committing horrific acts of abuse to non-human animals. Inevitably, many people decided that their…
Masked Racism: Reflection on the Prison Industrial Complex by Angela Davis
On Valentines day of 1982 a demonstration against Life Science Research spontaneously turned into a daylight raid. 11 beagles were taken from the premises, and over £72,000 in damages were done to the labs. Those losses resulted in the company forfeiting on a major contract worth an additional £30,000, and caused 100 employees to be sacked for lack of funds. Eventually 8 people were imprisoned, but the police never recovered the beagles, and LSR never recouped their damages as all convicted activists refused to pay restitution.