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• Tremaine Wilbourn turned himself in after a fatal encounter with Memphis police. He’s already been tried and convicted by the police chief and the media yet no one has seen the dash cam video. His bail is 10 times that of Dyllan Roof who massacred 9 people in Charleston, SC this past June.
• United Auto Workers Local 2865, the union representing 13,000 teaching assistants and other student workers throughout the University of California, called on the AFL-CIO to end its affiliation with the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) in a resolution passed by its governing body on July 25. We’ll tell you why abolitionists should support this idea.
• On the heels of a public apology in June by Whole Foods CEOs over allegations that the store overcharges customers for seafood, produce, and other goods weighed by the pound, the grocery chain is now under fire for its use of cheap prison slave labor to produce some of those goods in a central Colorado prison complex where inmates are paid as little as 74 cents a day for the goods and services made at CCI. Dennis Dunsmoor, director of the program says CCI makes about $64 million a year, and employs about 2,000 inmate slave laborers.
• Attorney generals across America are facing serious criminal charges. So what happens when a state’s top cop is corrupt? You call it tomato, we call it reasons for RICO charges and we’ll explain why tonight.
• In our #Ferguson is America series, today we focus on Maine. Where private prison company CCA just spent $25,000 on behalf of Republican candidate Paul LePage, A man that is now Maine’s newly-elected governor. State law forbids putting Maine prisoners in a for-profit prison. So instead the governor is looking to use human trafficking tactics by sending Maine prisoners to the company’s prisons outside of Maine.
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Everton Wagstaffe. After nearly 23 years behind bars, and an even longer legal battle to prove his innocence, he is finally free. Everton Wagstaffe was declared innocent July 2015 of kidnapping, sexual assault and murder
• Our Abolitionist in profile is Samuel Burris.