After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused.
The $26.7 billion in bonuses Wall Street banks handed out just a few months ago during bonus season at the end of 2013, would be enough to more than double the pay for all 1,085,000 of America’s full-time U.S. minimum wage workers (according to a just-released study by the Institute for Policy Studies, based on new data from the New York State Comptroller).
Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the horrible excesses of our criminal justice system—from solitary confinement to draconian mandatory minimum sentencing. We plan to build upon this growing consciousness to show—as the NSA documents themselves do—that it is impossible to separate this system from the national security and surveillance state. This means publishing stories that expose the links between domestic prisons, policing, and criminal justice policies and Guantanamo, drones, and post-9/11 foreign policy. It means reminding our readers that the government abuses we have seen in War on Terror found expression long ago through the War on Drugs. And it means showing how the same government/corporate relationships and profit incentives that drive belligerent foreign policy and infringements on civil liberties drive domestic criminal justice policies as well.
People starving when tons of unsold food is thrown away globally because people couldn’t afford to purchase the food, that’s violence.
People dying and going bankrupt to pay for their healthcare, that’s violence.
People being evicted from their homes when there are more houses than there are houseless people, that’s violence.
This is so important.
The world spent $1735 billion on war in 2012
It would cost approximately $135 billion to completely eradicate poverty.
Isn’t that a shocking example of how thing are prioritised globally