On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with Professor Heather Ann Thompson to discuss the findings in her new book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy”. They explore why the rebellion that left 29 prisoners and nine hostages dead has not led to the substantial reforms that the prisoners wanted. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores the conditions in America’s prison system today.
A smoothly functioning society is created and maintained by the people. Children go to school, workers show up at their jobs, shipments are made, groceries and purchases are bought, bills are paid, goods and services are delivered; and so on. In times of justice, when the workings of society are fair, respectful, and uphold the rights and dignity of humanity, then the people have every reason to collectively maintain functional workplaces, schools, roads, social events, and so on.
Prison inmates around the country launched the first nationally coordinated work stoppage on Sept. 9. In their own words, these heroic inmates have gone on strike “not only [to] demand the end to prison slavery, [but to] end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.” (iwoc.noblogs.org, April 1)
After a nine-month impeachment process, the Brazilian parliament voted 61-20 to impeach Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and remove her from office. University of Rio de Janeiro Professor Maria Luisa Mendonca tells RT America’s Anya Parampil that the lawmakers’ vote was a “parliamentary coup” and that there was “no legal basis for impeachment.”
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores the harsh economic, social and political reality for African Americans with Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude. They discuss institutionalized racism that is holding down black America, as addressed in Glaude’s book, “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil brings us the numbers that depict the racial divide.
The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for US citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on US soil to kill Americans without trial or charges. The suspected shooter in yesterday’s tragic killings, US Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, was, according to police and press reports, holed up in a parking garage and would not give himself up. After hours of what police claimed were fruitless negotiations with Johnson, a weaponized robot was sent to where he was hiding and blown up, taking Johnson with it.
In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with Alison Flowers, author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity”. They discuss flaws in the justice system that result in wrongful convictions and the challenges people face after spending years in prison for a crime they did not commit. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the U.S.
The Supreme Court has mostly completed its decimation of any anti-corruption law that might have caused any more than the slightest inconvenience for the plutocracy’s political investments. Therefore the Court has now picked up its judicial supremacy ax to perform a similar demolition of laws that regulate the other side of the corruption equation. In a decision announced on June 27, timed as one of three final opinions of its 2015-16 term, the Court turned its attention to protecting the influence peddlers – who are installed by and otherwise benefit from the now freely flowing plutocratic investments – from prosecution for their delivery of the peddled policies.
In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews disbarred civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart and civil rights activist Ralph Poynter. They discuss the political radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s that Stewart and Poynter took part in, and debate where that political consciousness is today in the face of worsening social and economic conditions.
The northern statelet’s recent unrolling of a new ‘improved’ version of the so-called ‘Supergrass’ legislation, officially termed the ‘Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005‘ after over 25 years gathering dust on the statute books, should be a cause of concern for Republicans, Socialists and activists of all hues possessed of a world view not shaped by neo-liberalism and the likes of the Murdoch media.