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Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

by Bill Quigley

All told, pubic subsidies and props to the wealthiest Americans total in the trillions of dollars. Federal, state and local governments have become profit centers for corporations. “Each major piece of legislation contains new welfare for the rich and corporations.

Why I Represent the New Orleans Immigrant Workers Who Committed Civil Disobedience

by Bill Quigley

The immigrant workers that helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina have been targeted for removal from the city. “If they go to the laundromat or the barber shop or the grocery store, they will be targeted for nothing more than looking Latino.”

Racist Pot Prosecution in Louisiana

by Bill Quigley

Although whites and Blacks use marijuana at roughly equal rates, Blacks are far more likely to be arrested for possession. In Louisiana, the racial bias in prosecution is extreme. “In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites.”

Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

by Bill Quigley

The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

Florida “Dream Defenders” Confront Racialized Justice System

by Bill Quigley

The young people occupying the Florida governor’s office seek more than just repeal of Stand Your Ground laws. They are crafting and proposing “a full legislative package to challenge the criminalization of our generation.”

MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

 

by Bill Quigley

The three great evils cited by Dr. Martin Luther King have proliferated since his passing. Here’s an index of their influence, today.

Hundreds of Thousands Homeless in Haiti Three Years After Earthquake

by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas

The military occupation of Haiti could not possibly have been intended to help the Haitian people, whose material conditions have dramatically worsened under foreign rule. Most dramatically, “360,000 Haitians are still displaced and living hand to mouth in 496 tent camps across the country.” “How can a nation be expected to grow unless it leads its own reconstruction?”

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

 

by Bill Quigley

Including those whose lives were destroyed by United States policies, actions and inaction.

Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About

 

by Bill Quigley

The ties that bind the two corporate parties and their presidential candidates are much stronger than any differences that separate them. That’s why a progressive platform could be built almost entirely around opposition to those positions shared by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Below is a litany of issues that will not see the light of day in corporate campaign 2012.

Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After

 

by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger

Racists and land-grabbers were celebrating the inundation of New Orleans even before the dead had been counted. A “new” New Orleans, they predicted, would rise out of the floodwaters. Seven years later, it is a city of excruciating pain – as indexed by the authors.

Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal

 

by Bill Quigley

The United States is engaged in assassination and war crimes by drones in at least five nations around the globe, in violation of both U.S. and international law. It is a campaign of “extrajudicial ultimate death for people who have not been convicted of anything.” Barbarically, “the US also frequently fires drones again at people who show up at the scene of an attack, thus deliberately targeting rescuers and mourners.”

Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

 

by Bill Quigley

The national security state grew exponentially following 9/11, and now includes nearly 4,000 organizations across the country, employing technologies, old and new. Americans have been enlisted to track each other. “The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative stores the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime but who are alleged to have acted suspiciously.”

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

 

by Bill Quigley

The United States is the world leader in both mass incarceration and the systematic isolation of prisoners. President Obama has earned his own grotesque superlative, having “prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.” In the case of Bradley Manning, “much of what was published by Wikileaks was either not actually secret or should not have been secret.”

Occupying Corporations: How to Cut Corporate Power

 

by Bill Quigley

Bringing corporations down to controllable size is a gargantuan task, but an absolute necessity if there is to be any hope for democracy. “Corporations have worked the courts mercilessly since 1819 to take a wide variety of constitutional rights that were designed to cover only people.” In one 30-year period, “African Americans lost their legal personhood, while corporations acquired theirs.” This historical crime must be reversed.

Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions

 

by Bill Quigley and Sam Schmitt

How large is the Black-white wealth gap? Is the U.S. really generous with its foreign aid, or a relative miser? We all know that America is Number one in mass incarceration, but who is Number Two? Test your social justice knowledge.

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