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Slavery On The New Plantation

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"Slavery 400 years ago, slavery today. It's the same, but with a new name. They're practicing slavery under color of law." (Ruchell Cinque Magee)

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Teresa W (782)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:53 am

Victoria P (113)
Monday March 5, 2012, 7:43 am
Noted with thanks ♥

penny C (83)
Monday March 5, 2012, 8:20 am
Noted,thanks Vivien.

Margaret K (19)
Monday March 5, 2012, 12:21 pm
Noted but a very lengthy and not very clear piece of writing. What is historical and what is current?

Rose Becke (141)
Monday March 5, 2012, 2:23 pm
THanks Vivien

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:53 pm
Good grief!!! "Arizona's first female chain gang was instituted in 1996. Complete with striped uniforms, the women of a Phoenix jail (to this day) spend four to six hours a day chained together in groups of 30, clearing roadsides of weeds and burying the indigent. "

Slavery Today human rights group here in Care2

alicia m (97)
Monday March 5, 2012, 10:25 pm
noted, gracias

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 10:41 pm
There's real danger that we regard slavery worldwide as a 19th century thing.

In fact, there's more slavery in the world now than there has ever been and we have to move it much higher up our agenda if there's to be a stop to it. I can't recall one Western politician ever talking about the issue.

Vivien G (153)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 1:56 am

You May be interested in the TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT 2011

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:02 am
the answer lies in our ability to withdraw our consent, we, the people of the world denounce any claims of our ownership..resistance, a worldwide peace movement through due process of law and if redress is not provided then we are in our rights to declare our independence from a system that does not serve the public interest. the world is a dangerous place to live-not because of the people who we say are evil, but because of the good people who don't do anything about it." albert einstein
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Ruth P (10)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:27 am
Capitalism can't operate without slavery. Look into the products you buy, just the ordinary things you buy every week. You will be amazed and horrified at the things your money is supporting.

For example, tomato slavery in southern Europe is a big problem. But who would suspect cruelty in a jar of pasta sauce? It's horrible and it's horrible that people think this stopped with the ending of the Atlantic slave trade, because it didn't!

Vivien G (153)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:49 am
Ruth thank you for you comment. I think we all have to become educated and aware of the global slavery.
see Slavery Footprint
How many slaves work for you? There are 27 million slaves in the world today. Many of them contribute to the supply chains that end up in the products we use every day. Find out how many slaves work for you, and take action.

For further information see on Human Trafficking/Slavery
Slavery Today

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 6:42 am
noted. Thanks.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 6:58 am
Noted and thanx for an informative article Vivian :-0

Svetlana B (20)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:05 am

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 3:14 pm
Thank you Vivien. Whats an eye opener is when you wittiness slavery and it angers cause you can't do anything about it and left to just pray for the slaves freedom. That' has happened to me in seeing through a ten foot boarded wall at a Mulch Plant in Georgia. That was over twenty years ago and I don't know if it still exist or not. But I never forgot.

Alice B (241)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 3:20 pm
THIS is what I keep working on educating folks about - the USA is ALL about slavery and always has been. USA crapitalism = SLAVERY and with divide-and-conquer delusions about how some are slaves and others are "hard-working Americans." [e.g. wage slaves, that is.] Racism = the main divide-and-conquer tactic, ethnicity second, and misogyny and anti-LGBTQ used always to divide and keep the 'ordinary' people at each others' throats while the uber-rich laugh all the way to their offshore accounts. This is why the 1% trusts that the rest of us will NEVER WISE UP. Prove them wrong.

Ra Sc (8)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 3:21 pm
For-profit prisons should be illegal. They encourage abuse, lobbying for harsher sentences than make sense, and laws that increase criminal activity. And that's all without the direct corruption that crops up from time to time, like judges bribed to find people guilty or give harsher sentences. If we want fewer crimes, we need to stop paying people for criminal activity, because it encourages them to find ways to make more of it.

Bonnie B (103)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 4:09 pm
Thank you for this excellent article, Vivian! Last month was Black History month, which always means there are amazing programs on PBS. There was one that was about the law mentioned in this article: "In Southern states, Slave Codes were rewritten as Black Codes, a series of laws criminalizing the law-abiding activities of Black people, such as standing around, "loitering," or walking at night, "breaking curfew." The enforcement of these Codes dramatically increased the number of Blacks in Southern prisons. In 1878, Georgia leased out 1,239 convicts, 1,124 of whom were Black." It cited just how horrible it was..more horrible than slavery because slaves were owned and therefore at least valued as an investment and asset. The convicts were not, the were worth nothing and so were starved, worked and beaten to death. What a horror! And even now our prison populations are predominately African American. I am so glad labor forces in the 3rd World are beginning to rise up against the foreign countries that us them as slaves. And, of course we cannot forget the millions that are bought, sold or lured to be forced into prostitution.

The fraud that has occurred because of privatized prisons in this country SO needs to be addressed... what a travesty of justice reigns for so many, in so many ways! If I didn't know so many caring people, I would be in absolute despair that the human race has not evolved one whit.

Thanks for the Slavery Footprint site...I'll check it out.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 4:16 pm
Thank you.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:22 pm
Thanks for your information, and for your compassion, Bonnie.

People interested in being involved in more human rights activities, including slave labour, child soldiers, sex slaves, please use this link: Slavery Today The vulnerable people of the world need your help.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 6:12 pm

anne Barusta (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 6:54 pm
thank you, anything in private hands turns into a greed for profit without any regard for anything.

Emily B (16)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 8:28 pm
Thanks Vivien and Thubten for putting up link

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:46 pm

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:06 am
Interesting article, although one that conflates issues.

Robert O (12)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:35 pm
Thanks Vivien.

Jane H (139)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:48 pm
noted with interest

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:08 pm
Thanks Vivien--some great comments too. "The land of the free"!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 7:05 pm
I think prisoners should have to work and earn their way. Members of a family work. Even the little ones are properly taught chores. And Fido brings in the paper.

Work, reasonable to survival, is not slavery.

Work is also a good way to make amends when you have messed up.

What I think is unfair is if taxpayers have to pay for the upkeep of the prisoners who are allowed to lay around sleeping or hanging out with buddies or planning their next crimes.

Being a convicted criminal should not excuse you from work.

Work is healthy.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 7:07 pm
Insecure people, always need someone else, on whom to look down and persecute.

Patricia N (9)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:14 pm
I've read about this happening in China but had no idea it was happening in the U.S. Thanks for posting this . Thanks goodness for Care2 people who work so hard to open our eyes to so much injurstice in the world.

pam w (139)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:32 pm
This article is fuzzy on its point. People learn trades in prison and the results of those trades help provide for the resources they're using as a result of their incarceration. Prisoners also have access to libraries, education, exercise and, if they wish, spiritual guidance. It's a bit of a "push" to term a requirement for work in prison into "slavery."

If you want to discuss "slavery," let's talk about the sex trade of women in areas of Asia and Africa.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:32 am

Vivien G (153)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:51 am

The Campaign Against Prison Slavery (CAPS) was formed in 2002 by ex-prisoners, prisoner support groups and activists to campaign against compulsory labour in UK prisons and for the abolition of the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme (IEP).

Compulsory labour is a feature of most prison systems around the world, whether it be forced hard labour as punishment, direct 'reparation' for the costs of imprisonment, prison jobs such as kitchen or cleaning work that keep administration costs down or workshop jobs where prisoners manufacture the cell doors and prison bars for the jails that house them.

However, the modern prison has also developed into a system for generating capital from a section of society that up until now has largely been held to have no intrinsic labour value, the marginalised elements that tend to be trapped on a roundabout of regular incarceration, never to hold down a 'proper' job or become a 'productive member of society'. Thus we now also have in the modern prison system the prisoners who are used to create capital for private sector companies, either through labour in prison workshops manufacturing and packing goods for these companies or those prisoners handed over wholesale to the global outsourcing and security companies that run the private prisons, to do with as they wish, often 'sub-contracting' them out to third party companies.

From Article 2 of the International Labour Organisation's Forced Labour Convention No. 29

1. For the purposes of this Convention the term "forced or compulsory labour" shall mean all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.

2. Nevertheless, for the purposes of this Convention the term "forced or compulsory labour" shall not include:
c ) Any work or service exacted from any person as a consequence of a conviction in a court of law, provided that the said work or service is carried out under the supervision and control of a public authority and that the said person is not hired to or placed at the disposal of private individuals, companies or associations.

This text mirrors almost word for word the texts in the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act 1998 [both Article 4].

Sourced from CAPS Campaign Against Prison Slavery

James E (16)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:00 am
I find it interesting that products made in China by prison labor become political issues in the USA, while we have our own prison labor making products right here at home.

While allowing prisoners to work and learn a skill has a potential upside, clearly it is being misused. While we worry about illegal immigrants taking jobs, we have government run prison labor programs taking jobs with little fanfare.

With the world’s highest per capita prison population America needs to wake up and relook at what we are doing. While the rate for the USA is 715 per 100,000 population, number two, Russia, is only 584 per 100,000, a considerable difference (2003 data). Of course compared to the world average of 147.9 per 100,000 our rate is outrageous!

Whether you agree with the slave labor aspect, prisons as a growth industry is sad.

James E (16)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:12 am
Zee K., while your “Father Knows Best” approach has merit, the system is clearly being abused. Prison labor should not be used to take jobs from the labor market and make a profit for a private company. Certain labor standards should also apply. If prisoner abuse is allowed, it certainly will not turn them away from crime.

Prisoners working outside of the prison should be paid at the same rate for their work as non-prisoners would earn. However, there should also be deductions for the cost of meals, housing, and so forth. In other words, let their labor help pay their costs. Labor laws should be followed, and chain gangs should absolutely not exist.

Yvonne F (181)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:26 am
Great post, Vivien!!! So true, so true! thanks

Carmen S (611)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:35 am
thanks Vivien for sharing this

. (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:10 pm
I understand the point of this article and it has a lot to say. Though, I believe murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals that did something so heinous as to get life in prison should be worked to death. As for those, that have only committed minor crimes, they need rehabilitation not work. Though, if they need healthcare, they need to pay for it. I just don't think anyone in prison should have more opportunities than those that are law abiding citizens.

Sheila D (28)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:21 pm
Personally, I think putting someone in jail requires some form of "punishment". Far too many prisoners have access to TV, extensive libraries, including law, excellent medical care, good food, and other "luxuries" that far too many people outside of prison don't have. Yes, using them as "slaves" is wrong, but teaching them a trade they can use outside of prison shouldn't be condemned. I certainly don't think they should be allowed to just sit around and do nothing, as that just encourages them to do nothing when they get out. If nothing else, we should start making our prisons self sustaining; growing their own food, classes to get them through high school or Jr. College, and raising livestock. We already hear about prisons who help in rehabilitating dogs, help in raising puppies for the blind organizations, and other good things. This teaches responsibility and self worth, and will hopefully get them on the right track for when they get out of prison.

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:36 pm
You all have seen the movie "Shaw-shank Redemption". this is what this looks like.

. (0)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 8:43 am
Prisoners should, in my view, be forced to work to help pay for at least part of their upkeep. Taxpayers already pay an enormous financial burden for those who commit crimes - why shouldn't the criminal himself have to work to help support himself in prison? I certainly have to work to support myself - as do most of us. I see no reason why a criminal should be able to avoid work and expect the rest of us to provide for his full support in prison when most law-abiding people must work.

Robert Hardy (68)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 1:42 pm
This is just one of many ways slavery continues ... there are many more

Jenny Dooley (830)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 10:58 pm
Congratulations Vivien! The Care2 Community has promoted this submission to the Care2 News Network Front Page. Great work!

Thanks to all in the Care2 Community who supported Slavery On The New Plantation by noting, commenting and sharing.

JL A (281)
Monday March 12, 2012, 8:37 am
And CCA wants to take over State prisons (must have guaranteed head count) to provide such labor more widely--pay attention to the politicians with CCA investments..........

Judith C (159)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:11 am
Noted. Thanks.

Jessica K (103)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 5:54 pm
Teaching a trade is one thing, slavery another. It may satisfy the conscience that some prisoners are getting their 'due' by exploitation in private prisons, but the government is acting like Pontius Pilate by washing their hands and passing their responsibilities to private institutions. If this kind of business is to operate in the US, it should be following the same laws as the government; it should only be private in the sense that it's operated with private funds, not operating under a different set of laws, or no laws at all. Thanks.
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