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Campaign Aims to Build Rural Economy on Dairy, Not Prisons

In 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down four state prisons and cut $8 million from the Department of Corrections’ budget. This is good news for prison reform activists, but rural residents point out that many people in the state rely on the jobs the prisons provide. “[Closing prisons] might increase unemployment in the area,” says dairy farmer Casimer Trybuskiewicz. “[But] that does not...

Beginning March 23rd: Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement

The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) has helped launch Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) to start Monday, March 23, 2015. Actions will happen on the 23rd of each month . This date emphasizes the 23 or more hours every day that people are kept in solitary confinement. PHSS Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoner-Hunger-Strike-Solidarity/117053298383319 Statewide Coordinated Actions every month respond to the Pelican...

Activists Unite Over Common Goal

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Groups from all over Vermont gathered for a public forum in the Queen City to discuss ways to bring change to the Green Mountain State. “By coming together we can continue to move forward.” Alissa Carberry has Type 1 diabetes. She says she makes less than 30 thousand dollars a year and spends hundreds each month on medical costs. “I'm really tired...

Climate Change Protesters Cited Outside Missoula Office of Daines

Fourteen activists were cited Friday with misdemeanor trespassing after staging a protest in the Missoula office of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, according to an organizer. "Our initial inkling was that we would get kicked out pretty quick," said organizer Corey Bressler. "That ended up not being the case." Three groups concerned about climate change and the Republican senator's support for coal and the Keystone XL...

FYI: Here’s How You Can Help Local Day Laborers

From Change.org : For the past 8 years, day laborers have sought work from the Home Depot on Roosevelt Blvd in Northeast Philadelphia. Anywhere from 30 to nearly 100 workers wait for work from contractors that come from all over, contributing significant revenue to Home Depot . Unfortunately, last June the new Home Depot manager began calling the police. For the past year, workers have...

Why Boston's Cash-Strapped Transit System Is Piloting Lower Fares for Students: The MBTA's forthcoming Youth and University passes are the result of years of activism.

It's been a long, hard winter for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, but starting in June, a new pilot program will let many more Boston-area teenagers and college students ride public transit at a discount. The transit system's new Youth and University passes are not the result of any sort of grand charitable gesture. Instead they're a joint effort between the MBTA and young activists...

Successful motion in court strengthens California prisoners’ case against solitary

Oakland – Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained an important victory yesterday as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel. The motion allows prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more than 10 years, but have been transferred out of Pelican...

Incite and Colour of Violence

Pragya Esh interviews Rachel Caidor, organizer with Incite: Women & Trans* People of Color Against Violence and "Color of Violence 4," Incite's 4th conference to address violence against women of colour. NOTE: the N-word is used in the context of a spoken word piece by Jillian Christmas for Black History Month. The F Word Media Collective is a grassroots feminist media collective operating out of...

Beyond Reform: Essays Call for a Sweeping Reassessment of Incarceration

Prison populations have exploded in the United States, with a nearly eight-fold increase in the number of people behind bars from 1970 to today. In the initial decades of that breathtaking ascent, Black radical organizations, along with other groups spearheading systemic change, were devastated by, among other things, government counter-intelligence operations. For the full article please visit Truthout .

Students Walk Out on Testing, Rise for Black Trans Lives and Unionize

1 . The Weeklong Walkout—and More On Monday, February 23, at 10:25 AM, 250 students from Santa Fe, New Mexico, walked out to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, the new high-stakes standardized test that 11 states have adopted . Some of us met with Superintendent Joel Boyd, who urged us to write letters to Secretary of Education...

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