Prison-Industrial Complex

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In light of the fate of the Syrian Revolution, which has been crushed by the genocide carried out by Bashar al-Assad together with his Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese allies, there has debate in the global left about the meanings of imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the political implications these carry. Many authoritarians claiming leftism cross-over with the white-supremacist right's open support for the Assad Regime by denying its crimes and overlooking the imperialist role played by Russia and Iran in Syria, focusing exclusively on the U.S.'s supposed opposition to Assad's rule. This tendency is a worrisome development, suggestive as it is of a red-brown alliance (or axis) that is not consistently anti-imperialist but rather, only opposed to U.S. Imperialism. It also fails analytically to see how the U.S. has increasingly accommodated Assad's counter-revolution. In contrast to such approaches, participants on this panel will present anti-authoritarian class analyses of militarism and imperialism. Panelists will discuss the red-brown alliance (or axis) as recalling the “Holy Alliance” and fascism; the concept and reality of imperialism in the Middle East; the current wave of popular protests in Iran; left and right interpretations of geopolitics and political geography both historically and today; the lessons of the Bosnian genocide; and the tragedy of the Syrian Revolution.
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LA
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This panel examines prisons as part of a large carceral complex, investigating ways in which imprisonment extends far beyond the walls of prison facilities. It addresses explanations for and the impact of closing prisons, activist interruptions of the school to prison pipeline, the role of new regulatory agencies, and corporate bail and reentry issues. Presenters, including students and faculty from upstate universities, have been active in working in local schools, jails, courts, and reentry work assignments.
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LA
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In 2011, the execution of Troy Davis grabbed the attention of the world. Was an innocent man put to death? Even outspoken advocates of capital punishment asked this. As more & more stories of wrongful convictions are covered in the media, the question arises "how can we correct this & prevent it from happening again?" In this panel, we will discuss false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, & more from cases such as Troy Davis, Chicago's Death Row 10, & the West Memphis 3. Speakers will include former NY State Death Row prisoner Lawrence Hayes, defendant in the Central Park Jogger Case Yusef Salaam, & Alan Newton who was exonerated after 21 years.
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LA
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The problem is the ex-prisoners get a free pass if they survive and manage to get back to the US. They dont have to return to prison. They are as free as any citizen. Some of them return to a life of crime that put in them jail in the first place. Top keep the release a secret local police are told not to respond to emergency calls involving these criminals.
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LA
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The United States is facing a current crisis in the criminal justice system with an unprecedented mass incarceration of its citizens which disproportionately impacts the poor and minorities, particularly African-American males. Individuals not only suffer imprisonment but they are also regulated to an underclass which often results in permanent disfranchisement due to the collateral consequences of a criminal record which may also deny a person the right to vote, the custody of their children, and right to many public entitlements, such as public housing, as well as exclusion from entire cities. This workshop will review specific issues in the country which is reflective of this trend, including the passage of the drug laws, the private lobby for building more prisons, the reductions of mental health and substance abuse services and criminalizing behaviors that had been previously handled outside of the criminal justice system. The establishment of community bail funds will also be reviewed as a means for directly addressing some of this problems.
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LA
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While many know, talk about, and analyze the past and present day enslavement and Genocide maneuvers inflicted upon People of African descent in North America (the US) and in that today's Prison Industrialized Complex, little is said and even less done in addressing the alarming increase of Black women (women of African descent)that are incarcerated in prisons, nationwide,often for non-violent offenses and given penalties/sentences that are clearly imbalanced and unjust. Discriminatory (racist and sexist) sentencing practices is just the beginning. The number of rapes and coerced sex (particularly by prison guards and correctional authorities), the lack of educational or training opportunities for women, the taking of and displacement of their children and so forth is comparatively and obviously issues that warrant greater examination and realistic approaches and applications/actions for resolutions. The fact that these things are happening is one matter, but the another very important factor and question that must be answered and addressed is Why? This panel discussion will not only examine some of the obvious causes and effects of Black Women and the (in) Justice system, but it will explore some of the less obvious and perhaps more diabolical tactics and realities that focuses on killing two birds with one stone.
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LA
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The largest number of people in our country's jails are being held pretrial,awaiting the resolution of their legal case. Most are being held because they are too poor to post bail. In addition, a disproportionate number are minorities - a reflection of the inequities of our current criminal justice system. This workshop will present the history of bail in our country and how it is applied today, often in violation of its legal intent, perpetuating an unjust system. Learn what you can do to establish a cash bail fund to free people from jail, impact the outcome of their legal case, and work to eliminate cash bail in your area of the country.