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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that at least 550 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have launched a hunger strike.
The detainees, who have been refusing to eat since Friday, are demanding better food, safer working conditions and for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order ending deportations, according to Maru Mora Villalpando, founder of Latino Advocacy.
The hunger strikers, Villalpando said, are part of a growing, nationwide campaign against the U.S. immigration policy. Villalpando put the number of hunger strikers at 1,200, more than twice what ICE reported to Al Jazeera.
(Photo: Joe Barrentine/The News Tribune/AP Photo)
So, this for profit prison is holding these folks. They are being used as labor for $1 a day. This company, Geo group, lobbied congress on immigration reform. They thought using detention was the way to go. Not very surprising, I guess.
And it is truly sickening to watch - especially from those claiming to be christians.
And it shows in some of the comments you see at the end of articles on subjects like health care and SNAP benefits. The hate pouring from these people is immense. I don’t know where it is coming from, but we need to voice more love and compassion. I think that those that hate are a small minority, they are just louder, and much more obnoxious. Ericka Forman
Here is a link to 100 companies that are suing, on religious grounds, so they don’t have to pay for a certain kind of medication for their employees. This medication can help with a variety of medical conditions including endometriosis. With this condition a woman can experience extreme pain due to the uterine lining growing outside of the uterus and in extreme cases become infertile. The medication can also lower cancer risk, relieve PMS symptoms, reduce acne, and cause lighter less painful periods.
It also helps women plan on when and how many children they will have.
Some of these companies suing are obviously church groups, but some are not. For example: Bicks Holdings, Inc
Randy Reed Automotives
and much more, see list
We have here companies that should have no business telling their employees what they should or should not be doing in the bed room. And that is precisely what they are trying to do. It is about control, control of women. Control their fertility if you can’t control anything else about them.
These companies should not have the power to say what kinds of medications will be covered or not covered for their employees. This could set a very bad precedent. Just think about it for a second. First an exception for birth control, then an exception for antibiotics (because the boss doesn’t believe in killing any living thing), Whats next? You decide, or maybe you can’t because your boss says he won’t cover that. Think on it.
"What many people do not know is that the use of standardized tests has its origins in the Eugenics movement, where basic tenets assert that certain races are inferior to others biologically and intellectually."
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
A MUST read by Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Standardized testing isn’t about improving education, it’s a way for the system to sort out which kids are meant to succeed and which are destined failure.
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.
"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study
Wait a second. Are you saying that women are actually aware of their circumstances and can make educated and accurate decisions about their own lives?
Remember, Rep. Smith is using the study as proof forced birth is a good thing because 25% of people who sought abortions and were unable to secure Medicaid funding gave birth instead.
To him, this is a success. A person too poor to pay for an abortion was saddled with an unwanted child, and this congressman looked at that and said, “Yep, let’s have more of this!” Let that sink in for a second.
"Let me tell you what’s happening to me. I’m on the PTA at my child’s school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I’m currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don’t speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent’s exams— I’m talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.
And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn’t owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don’t get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.
We’ve got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren’t blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they’ve made it to help our kids. Trying to get something fixed in these schools is like praying to some false God. You call and email hoping that God is listening, and nothing happens. Meanwhile the kids suffer. All these parents that I’m representing are good, simple people. They say: ‘Don’t worry Annette, God is going to fix it. God will make it right.’ I love them. And I love God. But I tell them: ‘God won’t fix it! We’ve got to fix it!’”