News, information and cutting commentary on 21st Century Slavery & Human Trafficking from modern day abolitionists.
Today is May 11th 2016.
• On tonight’s broadcast we look at the information provided by CEO of The GEO Group George Zoley’s recent stock sales of The GEO Group. We’ve been warning of the conflicts of interest when it comes to prison stocks. Among others, Judges, cops, prosecutors, lawmakers, legislators and unions have no damn business buying or owning prison stocks. It is a blatant conflict of interest and creates corruption at the cost of freedom and lives. Well today we’ll show you how the California Teachers Union isn’t following divestment campaigns. They are increasing their stock assets in prison for profit. California pays private prisons nearly $250,000 a year to incarcerate one single child for one single year and the teachers union is cashing in big time.
• We have been warning you about this for years and now it’s becoming legal and straight from the president’s desk. This February President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act. This legislation gave U.S. Customs the ability to prohibit, stop and enforce a ban on products coming into the United States that have been made with forced or prison slave labor.
Just last October, Obama said that “if we can get this agreement [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more Made in America goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win.” What the president unfortunately didn’t mention is that UNICOR is aggressively competing with domestic manufacturers by utilizing cheap prison slave labor, and the Department of Defense is using that slave labor to the tune of at least 900 million dollars a year.
• Colorado voters this fall will have a chance to finally put an end to legalized slavery. Like many other states, references to legal slavery still exist in Colorado’s constitution.
Article 2 of the state constitution says that “there shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 16-006, received unanimous support from both State, Veterans and Military Affairs committees in the House and Senate, and unanimous votes from the Senate and House, which passed the measure Wednesday.
The resolution, which will appear on the November 2016 ballot, strikes everything after the word servitude, leaving simply “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude.”
• On another battlefront in San Francisco where recently a Bayview precinct officer was recorded as saying “”he only transferred to the station to ‘kill n—-rs,'” Lawyers and activists are fighting a historic battle against an industry that is globally banned in all but two countries. The for profit bail industry. Part of a larger system known as money bail, which enables many defendants to be released before their cases go to court, as long as they post property or cash as collateral. Next week a federal judge in Oakland will hear arguments that money bail, as currently implemented in San Francisco’s jails, violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. More than 60 percent of people in California’s jails haven’t been convicted of a crime and most of them sit and rot risking death daily for no other reason than they can’t afford the extortion fees set by judges and exploited by private industry
Those are our main stories tonight and we’ll try and squeeze in as many more as we can.
• Our Rider of the 21st century railroad is Gary Tyler. At 16, Tyler was the youngest person on Louisiana’s death row. He walked free from the state’s notorious Angola prison late on Friday after serving 41 years of an unconstitutional life sentence over the shooting death of a white high school student during a violent and racially charged chapter in the state’s fight to segregate schools.
• Our abolitionist in profile is Anthony Benezet (1713-1784): The Teacher. Anthony Benezet was a Quaker teacher, writer and abolitionist. He had a big influence on Thomas Clarkson.
• If you have war stories from the field we want you to call in and give us all updates. Especially regarding the upcoming national prison labor strike on September 9th and the current Alabama prison labor strikes. We want to hear about any divestment efforts also. So call us at 1-641-715-3660. The access code is 549032#
Expect all of that and more tonight on New Abolitionists Radio