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Put Those Police Cameras on Bankers
These demonstrations, largely by young and remarkably multi-racial crowds, are not the first. They were preceded by Occupy Wall Street, indicting the 1 percent and spreading to hundreds of cities. They were foreshadowed by the dreamers, children demanding the right to come out of the shadows of the undocumented.
They were accompanied by record numbers of workers in low wage jobs at fast food restaurants and the Dollar Stores walking off their jobs in some 190 cities.
They were complemented by women demanding gender equality, particularly at the workplace where discrimination and sexism are still rife.
The streams of alienation and disparities are converging into a river. Injustices in this new age are not only inflammable, they are increasingly inflamed.
The official reaction to police immunity for the killing of unarmed black boys and men Ferguson and Staten Island and Cleveland and Brooklyn has focused, not surprisingly, on the police. The president has created a Task Force on 21st Century Policy, with instructions to report in 90 days. He’s committed millions to put cameras on police.
But he might be better advised to put cameras on bankers. Reckless, unaccountable and murderous police behavior must end, but the police are simply the gatekeepers assigned to keep order.
Behind the gate is the American policy of isolating poor people of color in ghettos, ghettos deprived of jobs, of capital, of decent health care, of affordable housing, of good schools.
Police are assigned to patrol these zones of despair, part of the only thriving industry in these neighborhoods — the jail-industrial complex of more police, police stations, courthouses, bondsmen, jailors, judges, lawyers and prosecutors, court recorders and guards and much more. In this pressure cooker, all of us are vulnerable — none of us are safe until all of us are safe.
In the Civil Rights Movement, the Bull Connors were the violent enforcers. But they were not the issue: The issue was legal segregation that deprived African Americans of their rights and locked them into second-class citizenship.
Today, the police killing of unarmed Blacks is unacceptable and reaching crisis proportions. But the issue is a national policy that abandons poor people of color in their ghettos. If we put cameras on the police, we may get better policing and less injustice (although Eric Garner’s killing was on camera). But what we need is an urban development policy that attacks segregation by race, rebuilds poor neighborhoods, invests in the health and education of poor infants and children, erects affordable housing, offers training for and transport to jobs that exist.
The demonstrations are about justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner and others that can be and will be added to the list. But they aren’t just about those killings. They are about a national ghetto policy, a national worker impoverishment policy, a national inequality policy.
The slogan “No justice, no peace,” reverberates throughout the country. And the demonstrations are growing and spreading. Different streams of protest are coming together. Occupy Wall Street exposed the 1 percent. The strikes of low wage workers expose the global corporations. The “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” demonstrations expose the harsh injustices of the jail-industrial complex.
Dr. Martin Luther King taught us: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politics, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” Today, across America, more and more Americans are standing up for what is right.
Jesse Jackson is the founder of Rainbow/PUSH.
Take a lesson on how the looting works in America.
Few people embody the corporatist revolving door greasing Washington as purely as Elizabeth Fowler.
Then there’s the local scandal sheet list on Humboldt Herald:
1) Another local paper weighs in on the CAB scandal
2) NCJ on school bonds
3) Trinidad USD has poison too, but just a bit
4) McK USD Superintendent on their bond bombs
5) Bill Holmes on McK’s school junk bonds
6) 1300% in interest?! The press is on it!!
7) More on bond scams
8) LCO Bombshell (repost): will McK schools really pay $56M to borrow $4M?
Max Keiser: European banks are technically bankrupt
Jul 13, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews
When it comes to the eurozone debt crisis: there is one fundamentally important question: Can countries in trouble implement all the necessary austerity programs and still grow their economy enough to pay off the remaining debt? Take Spain for example: 100 billion euros recently in a bailout, or for restructuring as they called it, accompanied by a 60 billion euro austerity package, in a country with an almost 25% unemployment rate. Greece: 360 billion euros in debt, again accompanied by harsh austerity cuts: unemployment there at 22.5%. France has its own debt crisis, heavily invested in Greece’s loans. And in Italy: economy will contract by 2.4 percent or more this year, doubling the official government forecast of a 1.2 percent shrinkage. In this news analysis, we will make the case with our guests how almost all European countries find themselves confronted with debt problems, as the world is awash in so much debt that according to some economists, it can never be paid back without printing money, as is the case with the US.
Money printing devalues the currency and subsequently, property, homes, businesses and everything else. Political solution for Americans – more of the same.
His article posted on Salon.com today, Sunday, October 30, 2011 is here. He answers the driving question: but what can we do about all of this? He offers a good start:
(1) Ever since I began writing about politics, the most frequently asked question I’ve encountered has been: but what can we do about all of this? The reason I find the Occupy movement to be one of the most important, exciting and inspiring political developments of the last decade is that it provides the definitive answer to that question. Though still in what I hope is its incipient stage, this protest movement proves that citizens of all different backgrounds and even ideologies (though sharing common interests) possess the ability to unite, pose a threat to seemingly invulnerable power factions, and demand change beyond the mere act of voting once every two years — and that they can endure and even grow in the face of abusive police force. Though it has already accomplished substantial good, the protest movement hasn’t yet achieved all of that, but it has provided the template and made manifest the possibility. Read the rest of this entry »
[UPDATE Below] [UPDATE I :: We Can’t Afford War] [UPDATE II]
War on the Little People
When you’ve lost you job because of the Banks, Wall Street, Obama economy fix and you can’t collect any unemployment benefits and end up homeless and hungry look to your friends, relatives and neighbors that are Republican.
Senate Republicans have blocked another effort to extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless workers. Emergency jobless benefits, which provide up to ninety-nine weeks of income support, expired June 2. More than 1.2 million people have already had their checks cut off, but that total is expected soon to rise to two million people.
This is from FireDogLake:
These Republicans can spend trillions of borrowed dollars on made-up wars, but can’t do anything for the Americans forced to pay for their crass beliefs and looting. [Source]
[UPDATE :: Friday, June 25, 2010]
War on the little people started when? In the process of finding this picture I came across this blog article on Big Dan’s Big Blog posted March 2, 2010, that I think is still appropriate today.
[UPDATE II :: Tuesday, July 20, 2010]
FINALLY! Senate Democrats set to leap hurdle on extending jobless benefits
Democrats are expected to overcome Republican opposition to the package of new aid for unemployed Americans.