Tag Archives: Louisiana

Hunger Strikes, Force Feeds, and Solitary Dreams

While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. These three aspects, all coming to new awareness this … Continue reading

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Eliminating Food Stamps to Former Prisoners

Congress unanimously passed an amendment to the Farm Bill, to bar some people convicted of violent crimes from food stamps.  States can’t opt out of it like the ban on people with drug convictions. This is what I emailed my Senator, David … Continue reading

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Testify: US Commission on Civil Rights Tackles Employment Discrimination

The federal government is not done developing the law around discrimination against people with criminal records, particularly as the Disparate Impact on people of Color has been rampant.  They are accepting testimony until January 21st.  Our friends at National Employment … Continue reading

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Prison Phone Rates in Louisiana, America’s Prison Camp, Face Hearing

The Louisiana Public Service Commission hearing on prison and jail phone reform is scheduled for November 15th, in Baton Rouge.  Commissioner Foster Campbell is proposing a 25% rate cut and elimination of extra fees for phone calls.  All the contracts … Continue reading

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Politics, Prisons, and Entergy- 10 Thoughts During Hurricane Issac

1.  If we treat storms that are labeled Category 1 as if they are Katrina’s mighty siblings, then we run the risk of numbing ourselves and tuning people out when a Category 4 or 5 blows through in another decade. … Continue reading

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Winning, Then Losing, My Right to Vote

This article originally appeared in The Guardian. With another presidential election approaching, there is growing discussion about the fact that up to 6 million American citizens have been disenfranchised (pdf) – many for life – due to a felony conviction. … Continue reading

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The New Grandfather Clause: Illegally Disenfranchising 11% of New Orleans, and Other Tidbits

Upon moving from Rhode Island to Louisiana, I was curious about my voting rights.  In 2006, I was part of a small group of people to move Rhode Island voters to amend their constitution- and re-enfranchise people on probation and … Continue reading

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