Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time…

These 7 Household Names Make a Killing Off Prison-Industrial Complex

Once slavery was abolished in 1865, manufacturers scrambled to find other sources of cheap labor—and because the 13th amendment banned slavery (except as punishment for crimes), they didn’t have to look too far. Prisons and big businesses have now been exploiting this loophole in the 13th amendment for over a century. “Insourcing,” as prison labor…

Cartapping: How Feds Have Spied On Connected Cars For 15 Years

  Embed from Getty Images The rapid spread of connected devices that can listen and locate has been a boon for law enforcement. Any new technology hooked up to the web has the potential to become a surveillance device, even if it’s original purpose was benign, as shown in a 2016 Arkansas murder investigation where…

Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class

Meet the kingpins, the enforcers, the illusionists, the con men, and the hitmen that are all working together to eradicate the middle class. Their unspoken goal is a two-class nation, with a heavily armed security force to quell resistance from the more outspoken members of the lower class. It may be somewhat of an unwitting…

Hungry Teens Often Turn to Sex Work, Theft, Drug Dealing to Get Fed

American teenagers are finding themselves resorting to sex work, drug dealing, and theft in order to feed themselves, according to a new study that finds family poverty has increased around the country. Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Urban Institute used the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data to estimate that 6.8 million…

Silencing America as It Prepares for War

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence…