In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”
Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.
After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over.
Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the waters recede.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the growth of the charter school industry.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn. Cahn is a law professor, former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founder of the Antioch School of Law which placed emphasis on serving the poor and trained prospective lawyers in social activism. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the collapse of our legal system.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Eugene Puryear, the 2008 and 2016 vice presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation and author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America. They discuss the emerging radicalism among American youth and how to end mass incarceration. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the rise of America’s militarized police state.
In cities and towns from New Delhi to New York the socio-political policies that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London are being repeated; redevelopment and gentrification, the influx of corporate money and the expelling of the poor, including families that have lived in an area for generations. To this, add austerity, the privatization of public services and the annihilation of social housing and a cocktail of interconnected causes takes shape. Communities break up, independent businesses gradually close down, diversity disappears and another neighbourhood is absorbed within the expensive homogenized collective.