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Maya Schenwar, The Guardian: If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn’t ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory treatment centers an acceptable alternative?
Peter Dreier, Truthout: The current Battle of Richmond pits Big Oil and Wall Street against the citizens of the working-class city of Richmond, California. The weapons are corporate cash against the votes of ordinary citizens. What’s at stake is the future of our democracy.
Geoff Gilbert, Truthout: Laura Poitras’ new documentaryCitizenfour identifies mass, suspicionless surveillance as it is defined by internal NSA documents, while telling the story of how we, the people, are lucky to have even learned the limited information we have to date.
Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout: Justin Simien’s just-released movie, Dear White People, explores a multiplicity of identities and the afro-surreal experience of being black and submerged in whiteness.
Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, Truthout: The presumption of innocence should be respected for all citizens, not just the rich. Setting bail out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens assures that jails are full of people not convicted of any crime.
John Miller, Dollars & Sense: While the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh was in one sense an accident, the policies that led to it surely were not. Since the tragedy that took 1,138 lives, an international effort has taken on deadly conditions at the plant.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a “nonprofit” group, has spent at least $14 million since the beginning of 2013, just one example of a dark money group pouring funds into elections. The group keeps a lot of secrets, including donors, but their goal is to help re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company: You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. Not the GOP, and you’ll be shocked by Republican candidates’ remarks.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Therapy: A Brooklyn-based artist created a series of posters pasted in public places, with the aim of stopping street harassment. The posters imply that harassers are not entitled to women’s smiles or any other part of them.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Reproductive justice advocates and prisoner rights organizers won an important victory when California Gov. Jerry Brown outlawed forced sterilization in women’s prisons. It’s preposterous that any state needs a law making that illegal.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: A new report that calculates fracking production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the United States concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.
Dan Falcone, Truthout: Activist and author Medea Benjamin talks about Ferguson, the militarization of police, US education, Obama versus the neocons and more.
A National Disgrace: Number of Homeless Students Reaches Record Levels
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There are now more than 1.25 million students in the United States who meet the definition of being homeless.
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