To highlight "crimes masquerading as commerce," two activists asked prisoners convicted of "a whole bucket of crimes" to draw portraits of corporate bigwigs whose offenses - fraud, conspiracy, manslaughter, public endangerment - make their puny assaults and burglaries pale. Prisoners are people, the project notes, and corporations aren't. Proceeds from the art, complete with rap sheets, go to Bernie Sanders' campaign. Brilliant.
BRILLIANT. And what incredible talent on display!
So many thoughts filling my head over this; I can’t write that fast! So, I’ll just type some flow of ideas…Brilliant! Idea worth a million bucks! Wrong people in jail. Sad that such talent is languishing behind bars while greedy bastards are out there raking in the goodies! A change is needed! The idea of prison is outmoded. There is a need to solve root problems that are deeply entrenched in this nation, in order to defuse the desire to “take” what doesn’t belong to one. If everyone was truly treated equally, perhaps crime would become obsolete. Bravo to the “prisoners” inside, for capturing the outsiders who should be prisoners.
While all these thoughts “are filling your head”, you might want to add this one: Since the incarceration rate here is between 5 and ten times the rate of comparable developed countries (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rate), it is save to assume, that at least 70% of the inmates should not be there.
The reason for the discrepancy is that our privatized for profit prison system has become a growth industry and people like Hillary feeding it with ever new reasons to throw people in jail.
From Bernie’s speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia on Feb. 16. 2016: “China with 3 times the population has less people in jail than we.”
See his speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bndGVH2mfY
For brevity I recommend skipping the first 60 minutes of introduction speeches and get right to Bernie’s 42 minutes, although Killer Mike’s introduction is worth watching too, but can be had on a separate YouTube recording
*You might also want to check on the incarceration rates of much maligned Russia and Iran by comparison.
Next, turn these drawings into Wanted Posters and we can get them to go viral on the internet for massive distribution and postings.
I myself, am already well aware of the Industrial Prison Complex. I’ve been talking about it for years. It’s disgraceful. But thanks for bringing it to the attention of others in regard to this subject.
Jeff Greenspan and Andrew Tider
Yes, we do remember your Edward Snowden bust with great pleasure, and this is even better! A brilliant idea. We admire the restraint exercised by the artists in not cartoonizing their horrible subjects. And to give your “profits” to the Sanders campaign as your optimum anti-corporate gesture: wow.
You might be interested in Aislinn Pulley’s powerful op/ed on why she refused the invitation to today’s meeting with the President here: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/34889-black-struggle-is-not-a-sound-bite-why-i-refused-to-meet-with-president-obama
The judicial and prison systems and his lack of action on that malaise are her primary reasons for rebuffing Obama’s invitation
While far too many are incarcerated largely due to the overcrowding created by the War on Drugs and those caught in its drift-nets… the numbers thus overwhelming the system so that the vast majority is forced to “plead out” to lesser charges… there ARE individuals who belong behind bars. Unfortunately, very savage sociopaths do exist… and I am not talking about the Koch Brothers or the Bankster CEOS.
Enough of them to explain an incarceration rate of more than 11 (eleven) times that of Sweden, a country with prisons, which look like country clubs compared with ours??? I think Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” shows some of that (I have not seen the film YET).
One should think that comfy prisons would elevate the crime rate, because people might nor fear incarceration as much, but the opposite appears to be the case.
Wow! Pulley is quite a visionary, ambitious individual. She’s covered all the bases. Sadly, not enough people will read her article. Thanks for the link.
Yes, there are sociopaths, but still, there needs to be a different solution to dealing with them. I don’t know what that solution would look like. What I do know is, privatizing everything from prisons to healthcare to education, has reinforced all the evils of capitalism…and insured “Mammon’s” rule.
How about this: we send all the upscale white collar criminals to Gitmo and the attentive care of the well trained staff there. Call it payback to Cuba for the Mariel boat exodus–our trash for theirs.
Some 90 percent of persons in US prisons never had a trial.
As funding for public defenders cut the state intimidates those charged with a crime with the vast resources they can use to prosecute a case. Those that plea bargain are told in essence it does not matter if innocent or not the State will use its advantages to ensure a conviction.
The accused than given a choice. Plead guilty and get out in two years or be found guilty and spend 10 at minimum behind bars.
Excellent plan, especially, if include the war criminals like Cheney, Wolfowitz and Cheney, Dubbya and Cheney. For the one, I mentioned 3 times I recommend the non-torture of waterboarding. I do not condone torture, but according to Dick, water boarding is NOT torture, so I am okay in this specific case.
Pulley would probably be among the first to say that what’s visionary and ambitious is relative to what the status quo defines as ‘normal’. What she is saying can be described as dead common sense and decency. A decency whose morality forever attaches to us an obligation as human beings. Unfortunately, living and breathing tells us that heroic and revolutionary efforts are needed to achieve, or make efforts leading to, what should be the norm. Any socialist would say essentially that. Our species has never know ‘that’ norm, but it may only need to happen that first time. Evil’s biggest fear.
Yes, the artistic restraint exercised by all contributors to this project manages to produce all-the-more piercing character portraits.
Including in this shameless rogues’ gallery even the CEO of the company laying claim to any profits that result from the talents of mere “slave laborers” gives extra bite to the spice of this project.
I couldn’t resist buying a limited edition copy, proceeds contributing as well to a worthy cause BTW.
Thanks also to Abby and CD for spreading the word.
When you have a system of incarceration-- based on profit–don’t expect anything other than mass production of jailed people-- to result.
Corporate–for profit --prisons–must be kept filled to make money for shareholders.
Paying bonuses to police forces to produce prisoners is not based on justice–prevention–or revenge–it’s simply a financial arrangement.
Federal governments paying bonuses to police forces–based on drug related convictions–is good for electioneering.
It saves local taxpayers money for police budgets-- and makes local politicians look good.
It also makes the feds look good–they can point to “see how hard we are on drug pushers”.
A police force simply goes to the poorest group in their population and “creates” a situation where the choice is “plead guilty and you will be out in 1 or 2 years” --“plead not guilty and you will get 10 years”.
That keeps the wheels of “justice” in high gear. A Lordy–Lordy–how the money flows in!
Senator John McCain–a man that has experienced torture.
When he was asked what he thought about the methods being used in Gitmo prison.
He said—“it all looks like torture to me”.
Just got out!
The word that Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox walked free, 44 years after he was first put into solitary confinement.
QUOTE: He was the United States’ longest serving prisoner held in isolation. Nearly every day for more than half of his life, Albert Woodfox woke up in a cell the size of a parking space, surrounded by concrete and steel.
Tomorrow morning, for the first time in more than four decades, he will be able to walk outside and look up into the sky.
Over the course of nearly five years working on Albert Woodfox’s case at Amnesty, I heard many times that the odds were insurmountable.
But I always knew that Albert Woodfox would go home…UNQUOTE
I bet the for profit jailers made a bundle on him, courtesy you and me, the tax payers!
THIS MUST CHANGE!