People starving when tons of unsold food is thrown away globally because people couldn’t afford to purchase the food, that’s violence.
People dying and going bankrupt to pay for their healthcare, that’s violence.
People being evicted from their homes when there are more houses than there are houseless people, that’s violence.Capitalism is violence.
And before anyone says it, no the system isn’t broken, it was built this way.
Jailed for life for stealing a $159 jacket? 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes
November 17, 2013
A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”
pier paolo pasolini, on the set of salo or 120 days of sodom (1975)
Rise in Taxes is Threatening to Displace Long Standing Descendants of Enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island
Cultural Genocide and Displacement
Ugh I am close to tears. I was on fb and read on tashabilities jukebox jones page, a piece about a community of descendants of enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island. For those that don’t know its one of the islands off the coast of Georgia. And for those who don’t know rich white people LOOOVVVE these islands for their vacationing, retirement, and luxury homes etc. I was recently on a taxi ride in Savannah, where a driver told me about these secret luxury islands where they go to vacation and retire.
So anyway this group of people has been living there during slavery and since emancipation. It has experienced Spanish, French, and other rule over the span of its history. The last slave owner fled the island during the civil war and the people decided to stay there and make a life. NOW, the citizens of Georgia’s MacIntosh County, are trying to raise their property taxes after a “reappraisal” of the land and price them out. Representatives of the county currently decline interviews and questioning. The people on this island don’t receive city services like trash collection and there is no school. They are fighting this and rightfully so. They have a right to preserve their history, their legacy, and their way of life just like any other human being. But it appears they keep getting shot down in court.
There is no way that they shouldn’t have some type of federal and state protection. As direct descendants of a people forced to endure a horrible legacy, committed by the government and its people, they deserve federal protection and tax benefits. Far into the future and they are still being terrorized by the majority white community, who are likely descendants of those who committed some of the worst atrocities mankind has ever seen. At the very least the community that is targeting them are benefiting directly from the privilege created by these atrocities. All of this time has passed and our land and lives are still being ripped away from us. As soon as someone decides they want it… They can decide to make us pay more than we can afford, disrupt our community, and endanger our lives. This is so sickening and painful to observe. Here are some of the links I read and watched to obtain this information. There is more information and narratives of Geechee life on the facebook page as well.
Here is the facebook page you can join for support and keep abreast of the situation:
Here is a video link of a short documentary that gives a history of the island and what they are fighting for today:
Here is a petition to start with, though of course please do not stop there:
And here is the shared article I read on Jukebox Jones for anyone that is interested:
These are our people and a vital piece of American History and Present no matter who you are…
Philippines | November 14, 2013
1. Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through ruins in the village of Maraboth. (David Guttenfelder/AP)
2. Children who survived Typhoon Haiyan play on top of the ruins of their destroyed primary school in Guiuan. (David Guttenfelder/AP)
3. Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan. (David Guttenfelder/AP)
4. Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan react as a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft prepares to land to deliver relief goods in Guiuan. (Dita Alangkara/AP)
5. A young Filipino girl smiles as she and her brother receive their first bag of food aid at a center in Tacloban. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
6. An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island in Leyte. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
7. A young boy hides from the rain while waiting for an evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban. (Wally Santana/AP)
8. People carry the coffin of a victim of Typhoon Haiyan into a cemetery near a mass grave site, on the outskirts of Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
9. Displaced people effected by Haiyan Typhoon queue in the rain for the first aid delivery at a displacement camp in Tacloban. (Adam Dean/Panos for TIME)
10. A homemade casket sits on the side of the road as curfew approaches in Leyte. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
“I don’t think of architectural language as just a metaphor about space, but about spaces of power, about ideas of power.”
Julie Mehretu is an artist born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and Rhode Island and currently residing in New York. Mehretu’s complex pieces feature architectural forms, fictional landscapes, and grids layered with scribbles, smudges and shapes of different size and colors. Her paintings are more than just assemblage of random colors and lines. The underlying structure of her work consists of socially charged spaces such as government buildings, museums, stadiums, schools, and airports.
“I think architecture reflects the machinations of politics, and that’s why I am interest in it as a metaphor for those institutions.”
Julie Mehretu has received numerous awards including The MacArthur Award in 2005, often referred to as the “genius grant.” The American Art Award granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2005,) and the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin (2007).