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Archive for November 29th, 2006

Richard Gere and Carey Lowell read prison writings

Posted by metaphorical on 29 November 2006

Our nation’s prison population has soared by more than 600% since the 1970s, despite a drop in crime rates. As of 2005, over two million people were imprisoned in this country: almost one in every 136 U.S. residents.Black men, who make up 6% of the U.S. population, comprise over 40% of our prison population. A black male born today has a 32% chance of spending time in prison.Eleven states do not allow ex-cons to vote. Nearly 2,800,000 American children have at least one parent in prison or jail.

What does this mean for our democracy?

http://www.socres.org/punishment/

SPECIAL EVENT:

RICHARD GERE and CAREY LOWELL
Read Prison Writings

Thursday, November 30

6 p.m.

Tischman Auditorium: 66 West 12th St., NYC

For tickets, please call (212) 229-5776, ext. 3121 or visit http://www.socres.org/punishment/

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Burning the village, cont.

Posted by metaphorical on 29 November 2006

Keith Olbermann picks up where Gingrich’s speech left off.

GINGRICH: My view is that either before we lose a city, or if we are truly stupid after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that we use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us, to stop them from recruiting people before they get to reach out and convince young people to destroy their lives while destroying us.

OLBERMANN: If you’re going to destroy freedom of speech, bub, you’ve already lost all the cities.

Rob Kall at OpEdNews.com asks,

Why isn’t Mainstream Media Skewering Gingrich for Anti Free-Speech Remarks?

Think about he way the mainstream media went after Howard Dean when he got overenthusiastic, or how they went after Kerry, when he blew a joke, leaving out a key word or two.

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