POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Alison Flowers: Wrongfully Convicted” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges, and Anya Parampil ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with Alison Flowers, author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity”. They discuss flaws in the justice system that result in wrongful convictions and the challenges people face after spending years in prison for a crime they did not commit. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the U.S.

SCOTUS AND THE REVOLVING DOOR: “How the Most Corrupt Judges Rise to the Supreme Court” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, and John Iadarola ☮

Why are the Supreme Court justices so pro-corporate on everything? They were appointed because of this.

SCOTUS: “Protesters Celebrate as Supreme Court Rejects Texas Abortion Law” / RT America ☮

Hundreds of pro-choice supporters celebrated outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Monday, following the court’s decision to overturn restrictions against access to abortion in Texas. 

The crowd cheered, sang and danced as the ruling was announced. Several anti-abortion activists were also present at the site. The court voted 5 to 3 against the Texas legislation. 

The Texas law was adopted by the state back in 2013, and could have reduced the number of abortion clinics by a factor of four if fully implemented. Monday’s ruling is likely to prevent similar measures from being introduced in other states.

SCOTUS AND CLASS PRIVILEGE: “The Massive, Hidden Issue with the Supreme Court” / John Iadarola ☮

The Supreme Court has a lot of issues, but one area where there’s almost NO diversity could be the cause of so many others. The Supreme Court justices are simply too damn, uniformly rich.

WHITE-WING CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY: “Republicans’ Shaming of Poor People Just Blew Up in Their Faces” / The Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has decided to follow in the hateful footsteps of his fellow Republican governors and has started drug testing welfare recipients. So far, there have been no positive test results, but that won’t stop Snyder and the Republicans’ war on the poor from moving forward.

CORPORATE OPPRESSION: “Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children” / Chris Hedges ☮

Chris Hedges
Being poor in America is one long emergency. You teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, homelessness and hunger. You endure cataclysmic levels of stress, harassment and anxiety and long bouts of depression. Rent strips you of half your income—one in four families spend 70 percent of their income on rent—until you and your children are evicted, often into homeless shelters or abandoned buildings, when you fall behind on payments. A financial crisis—a medical emergency, a reduction in hours at work or the loss of a job, funeral expenses or car repairs—can lead inexorably to an eviction. Creditors, payday lenders and collection agencies hound you. You are often forced to declare bankruptcy. You cope with endemic violence, gangs, drugs and a judicial system that permits brutal police abuse and ships you to jail, or slaps you with huge fines, for minor offenses. You live for weeks or months with no heat, water or electricity because you cannot pay the utility bills, especially since fuel and utility rates have risen by more than 50 percent since 2000. Single mothers and their children usually endure this hell alone, because the men in these communities are locked up. Millions of families are tossed into the street every year.

We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prison population. More than 60 percent of the 2.2 million incarcerated are people of color. If these poor people were not locked in cages for decades, if they were not given probationary status once they were freed, if they had stable communities, there would be massive unrest in the streets. Mass incarceration, along with debt peonage, evictions, police violence and a judicial system that holds up property rights, rather than justice, as the highest good and that denies nearly all of the poor a trial, forcing them to accept plea bargains, is one of the many tools of corporate oppression.

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