Thursday, March 25, 2010

Book Review: "Are Prisons Obsolete?"

BY ANTHONY ANTHONY

Although Angela Davis had her book "Are Prisons Obsolete" first published in 2003, I find it's contents now and for sometime into the future as text for serious study. Making a strong and relevant case for prison abolition, she plainly delivers the goods deriving from established historical record and the current realities of market driven social dynamism in her thesis. Presenting the nexus of profit and punishment as it exists she informs the reader of the reality that prisons are.

Well researched, the book exposes the interest held in growing incarceration rates by "companies that one would assume are far removed from the work of state punishment have developed major stakes in the perpetuation of a prison system whose historical obsolescence is therefore that much more difficult to recognize." Her riveting manuscript, (with chapters such as: Prison reform or Prisn abolition, and the Prison-industrial complex) points out the continuities of history, opening eyes to the now observable development of penal institutions and the correlations in developing economies and markets.

Noting gender is tantamount to structure within penal systems and their development, she sticks to her abolitionist guns in serious critique of reformist direction, her feminism resilient in the hailstorm of typically "feminist" reformism. The last chapter, "abolitionist alternatives" opens the door and mind giving the reader plenty to conceptualize the potentials for integral and needed change with.

Informative, conscious, and radically important this book is a short, but stacked, read for those curious about the prison-industrial complex and prison abolition. Nothing short of compelling, I will definitely seek out more writings by professor Davis in the future. Her book is published by Seven Stories Press.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FDR proposes a Second Bill of Rights

The Second Bill of Rights was a proposal made by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944 to suggest that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second bill of rights. Roosevelt did not argue for any change to the United States Constitution; he argued that the second bill of rights was to be implemented politically, not by federal judges. Roosevelt's stated justification was that the "political rights" guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness." Roosevelt's remedy was to create an "economic bill of rights" which would guarantee:
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And this concludes your fun fact of the day.

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's officially Spring Break 2010

Unfortunately the airlines messed up and forgot to schedule a pilot for the private plan we chartered to Cancun. This is tragic because it means we won't be competing in any wet t-shirt contests this year and will lose our back to back championship title.

Instead I guess I will garden and work on my bike. Who knows what the rest of the staff is up to.

I heard some rumors that other Insurgent collective members are going to bake me a cake, then hitch to the tree sit in Humbolt.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Monthly, FREE Know Your Rights Trainings

On April 7th 2010 the The Civil Liberties Defense Center in conjunction with Amigos & the Eugene Free School Program is proud present a FREE "Know Your Rights" training to the public.

Come learn about your parental rights & the legal issues associated with juveniles. In addition, you will get a preview of the Juvenile training so that you can comfortably bring your children next month to learn about their rights as well.

5:30-7pm @ The Roost (located at 112 E. 13th Ave. Eugene, OR)

To view the full schedule click the "read more" link.



Monthly Schedule:

Teens
May 12th 2010
5:30-7pm @ The Roost*
Designed for Juveniles ages 10-20; come and learn about your rights when dealing with police/school officials as well as rights pertaining to when you are on the streets or in a school setting.

Immigration Rights
June 2nd 2010
5:30-7pm @ The Roost*
Learn current federal immigration issues facing non-documented individuals & what your rights are when dealing with government agents.

Workers' Rights
July 7th 2010
5:30-7pm @ The Roost*
Learn about your rights as a documented or undocumented worker relative to on the job injuries, unlawful termination, harassment & discrimination.

Landlord/Tenant Rights
August 11th
5:30-7pm @ The Roost*
Learn about your rights as a renter in Oregon including how to get your security deposit back, what if you are evicted, or how to get repairs done to your rental.

Spanish 2010 Schedule for the "Know Your Rights" trainings

Adults
March 31st 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Cafeteria**
Come and learn about you basic rights particularly when dealing with police & government. Basic criminal law & court procedures will be covered. Each session includes ample time for questions.

Parents
April 21st 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Amigos office**
Come learn about your parental rights & the legal issues associated with juveniles. In addition, you will get a preview of the Juvenile training so that you can comfortably bring your children next month to learn about their rights as well.

Teens
May 26th 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Amigos office**
Designed for Juveniles ages 10-20; come and learn about your rights when dealing with police/school officials as well as rights pertaining to when you are on the streets or in a school setting.

Immigration Rights
June 16th 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Cafeteria**
Learn current federal immigration issues facing non-documented individuals & what your rights are when dealing with government agents.

Workers' Rights
July 21st 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Cafeteria**
Learn about your rights as a documented or undocumented worker relative to on the job injuries, unlawful termination, harassment & discrimination.

Landlord/Tenant Rights
August 25th 2010
5:30-7pm @ Whitaker School Cafeteria**
Learn about your rights as a renter in Oregon including how to get your security deposit back, what if you are evicted, or how to get repairs done to your rental.

Participants are asked to bring paper and pen for note taking purposes.

*The Roost is located at 112 E. 13th Ave. Eugene, OR
**The Whitaker School is located at 21 N. Grand St., Eugene, OR

For more information contact the Civil Liberties Defense Center (541)
687-9180
259 East Fifth Ave. Suite 300A, Eugene, OR 97401; or visit our website at
cldc.org