Which is the Crime?

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of immi­grants are being kept (and forced to work) in immi­grant deten­tion cen­ters for cross­ing a bor­der every year. Along with the nec­es­sary ques­tion of Who Ben­e­fits? (large­ly pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions), this rais­es oth­er ques­tions: Which is the crime? Cross­ing a bor­der? Or keep­ing immi­grants cap­tive for mon­ey? This is not new in the age of Trump. Oba­ma (who deport­ed more peo­ple than all oth­er pres­i­dents of the cen­tu­ry before him, com­bined) detained large num­bers of fam­i­lies in prison set­ting the stage for Trump’s poli­cies today. For more on this stage set­ting, check out Cru­el and immoral: Amer­i­ca must close the doors of its immi­gra­tion pris­ons by C.C. Gar­cia Her­nan­dez, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/17/family-separation-family-detention-immigration. If you would like to see stats on immi­grants in deten­tion cen­ters check out Free­dom for Immi­grants site: https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/detention-statistics/

 

Hands Off Iran

Let’s not buy into the hor­rif­ic actions and threats against Iran. Turn off major media and look to oth­er sources for our news. Check out Michael Klare’s piece Gear­ing Up for the Third Gulf War: a Future Cat­a­clysm between US, Israel, Sau­di and Iran? which you can find on Juan Cole’s site: https://www.juancole.com/. While you are there, check out more of what you can find on Cole’s site.

Fracking

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I was moved to design this poster on frack­ing after watch­ing the doc­u­men­tary, “Gasland,” writ­ten and direct­ed by Josh Fox. Lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple whose lives have been imme­di­ate­ly affect­ed by frack­ing on or near their prop­er­ty is an eye-open­er and a call to action.  While frack­ing occurs or may begin in many dif­fer­ent envi­rons, includ­ing in my city, I used the red barn in this image because of the threat to my beau­ti­ful beloved home state of New York. I warm­ly remem­ber count­less rides with my grand­par­ents through the lus­cious coun­try­side, being taught to love nature, to hon­or our farm­lands, to val­ue those dis­tinc­tive red barns. Those kinds of places are now suf­fer­ing from or being threat­ened by  envi­ron­men­tal destruc­tion due to fracking.

Private Prisons $$$

private prisons, cca, prison profiteering

Pri­vate Prison Cor­po­ra­tions, such as Cor­rec­tions Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­i­ca (CCA) and the GEO Group, are in the busi­ness of mak­ing mon­ey. One of the ways they do this is to make sure their pris­ons are filled to the max since they are paid per pris­on­er. Immi­grants, minor offend­ers, the aged, peo­ple up for parole are kept locked up. These com­pa­nies insert a “lock-up quo­ta” into con­tracts to ensure states keep their prison 80–100% filled. They work to ensure leg­is­la­tion that will bring more peo­ple into the sys­tem, and fight against alter­na­tives to jail time by hir­ing dozens of lob­by­ists to act on their behalf. Some­thing is not right here.