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How Is a Prison Like a War? by David Swanson + Chris Hedges: Poverty, Racism & Policing, Mass Incarceration, Resistance and Social Transformation

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Nov. 13, 2014

America - We're Number One!

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The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of three books everyone should read right away. The others are The New Jim Crow and Burning Down the House, the former with a focus on racism in incarceration, the latter with a focus on the incarceration of youth. Schenwar’s is an overview of incarceration in all its absurd and unfathomable evil — as well as being a spotlight leading away from this brutal institution. Continue reading

Rev. Chris Hedges: The Cancer of Mass Incarceration

Stop Mass Incarceration

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Dandelion Salad

with Rev. Chris Hedges

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ on Nov 5, 2014

Moral Monday Rally at the New Jersey State House on October 27, 2014.

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Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist Agree on Corporate Welfare and Auditing the Pentagon

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

Corporate welfare corrupts democracy

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The National Press Club on Sep 4, 2014

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist spoke on issues where the left and right can come together at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 4, 2014.

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Noam Chomsky: The Relentless Class War

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

University of California Television (UCTV) on Apr 28, 2014

Noam Chomsky Mural

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Jan Nederveen Pieterse in conversation with Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and political commentator. Chomsky is Emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT. Jan Nederveen Pieterse is professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. Series: “Carsey-Wolf Center” [5/2014] [Humanities] [Show ID: 28120] (Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/)

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Chris Hedges: The New Global Neo-feudalism Society (Q&A)

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Capitalism Isn't Working

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LeighaCohen on Apr 10, 2014

The Q&A questions included: The difficulties in US media to gain funding for progressive films and the films present distribution especially in US Prisons, the history of how the US became the leading country in the world in mass incarceration, the US two tier legal system and society, how the US Democratic system is broken, the decrease and destruction of traditional progressive organizations movements in the US, a blistering attack by Chris Hedges of the Clinton Presidency, how the drug war has had severe negative consequences within the US and also in Mexico and South America, the creation of what Chris Hedges calls a new global neo-feudalism society and the need for the re-creation of progressive mass movements for social change.

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Chris Hedges and Eugene Jarecki: The Failed War on Drugs and Its Many Impacts on US Society

Stop Mass Incarceration

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

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Zainab Alkhawaja: We’re living in a country where the criminals are the most powerful people

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democracynow on Feb 28, 2014

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democracynow – We go to Bahrain to speak with human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja, just after she was released from prison by the Bahraini government. “One year in prison is nothing,” Alkhawaja says of her time behind bars. “Because it’s nothing compared to what we’re willing to sacrifice for our goals, for democracy in our country.” Continue reading