Black Muslims : Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide

Jan 22, 2001
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Sep 17, 2012
Obama is the President of the United States. As the country's highest elected official, he is of necessity an INTEGRAL part of any conversation about the mass incarceration of blacks. IMHO, ommitting discussion of the President and his programs, practices and "mega-plex incarceration unit" in Illinois would be unconsciousable.:toast:

I wrote of disagreeing with Cornell West for the same reason others have written posts in agreement with him, i.e., for expressing his opinion on mass incarceration in several posted videos on the topic.


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Aug 17, 2010
Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement: An interview with Theresa Shoatz and Matt Meyer

by Angola 3 News
Former Black Panther Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz has spent 28 of the last 30 years in “control units” – solitary confinement. “The remedy is an end to all control units, the present day prison system, and freedom for Maroon and all my extended family: the political prisoners who stood on the front lines for our freedom,” says his daughter.



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Aug 17, 2010
Mumia Lauds Student Fight Against Mass Imprisonment
You and those you inspire can be the spark that spells the end of mass incarceration – because movements change everything,” said political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, in a telephonic address to the first national conference of Students Against Mass Incarceration, at Howard University, in Washington.
The system of mass incarceration is about controlling the people at the bottom of society so that they will not rise up against the 1%,” said Baruch College professor Johanna Fernandez.
Pam Africa, head of International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal, told the conference that Abu Jamal’s death sentence was set aside “because the movement was large, and it needs to get a whole lot larger.”–-week-5613


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Aug 17, 2010
What is the effect of mass incarceration on urban black families?

More than seven times as many people are incarcerated in the United States as in Europe. The main victims of the prison boom are minority, particularly African American, men, who, as sociologist Bruce Western has found, are eight times more likely to have served time in prison than white men. The effects of mass incarceration extend beyond the prisoner and his immediate experience of confinement, and can have a significant impact on the prisoner’s family. A slew of recent studies by Western and others suggests that the wave of mass incarceration contributes to the decline of families and the social fabric that binds them, leading to the further disintegration of already-disadvantaged inner-city neighborhoods.
Life course research
Research on the life course has emerged as a powerful tool for analyzing the toll that incarceration takes on the life chances of former prisoners. Becky Pettit and Western argue that since imprisonment is such a common occurrence for young black men, it should be conceived as a standard stage in the life course of many. However, this stage is highly disruptive, delaying or severely constraining the possibility of attaining other standard life stages, such as obtaining stable employment. For example, Western and Christopher Wildeman found that men who have been incarcerated earn about 40 percent less after their release than they did before their time in prison.
Decline in marriageability
Pettit and Western have also found that having served time in prison reduces men’s marriageability. This decline in marriageability is important to note because of the positive impact of marriage on preventing recidivism, which has been well established in the literature. In their recent study of delinquent boys, Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, criminologist John Laub and sociologist Robert Sampson found that delinquent males experienced improved trajectories after marriage. In many cases, wives instilled discipline in their partners, leading them to abandon their deviant peer groups in favor of focusing on building a family life. Since having served time in prison reduces the likelihood that a man will marry, formerly incarcerated men often do not experience the positive impact of marriage on preventing recidivism.
Doing time together
In Doing Time Together, sociologist Megan Comfort examined how wives and girlfriends are affected by the incarceration of their male partners. She uncovered that the women’s experiences were characterized by costly travel to distant prison facilities, expensive collect calls, long waiting times during visitation hours, and disrespectful treatment by prison staff. Comfort argues that these experiences constitute a “secondary imprisonment” of the women who wait for and visit their incarcerated partners. The impact of imprisonment on the family strongly depends on the connection of the convict to his or her partner and children. In some cases, having a volatile and unreliable man removed from the household actually improved the life of the families Comfort studied.
Foster care placement
The impact of mass incarceration on urban families can be also be seen in the foster care system. In a recent study, social work professors Elizabeth Johnson and Jane Waldfogel found that children tend to live with their grandparents when their mother is incarcerated. In 1997, 63.4 percent of children who had an incarcerated mother were in custody of their grandparents or another relative. At the same time, the authors found that children of incarcerated parents account for an increasing share of nonrelative foster care placements, a share rising by two percentage points over a ten-year period. A more recent study commissioned by the National Institute of Justice also found that many incarcerated mothers have children in foster care. Over one fourth (27 percent) of all incarcerated mothers had a child that was placed in foster care. (Nevertheless, in two thirds of these cases, the foster care placement was unrelated to the mother’s incarceration; in fact, in 40 percent of the cases, the placement had occurred more than three years before the mother had been convicted.)
Exacerbating problems
Law professor Donald Braman adds that the repercussions experienced by the families of convicts are an inversion of social capital. Usually, social ties are considered to be beneficial for the physical, emotional, and financial well being of an individual. In Doing Time on the Outside, Braman argues that having social ties to an incarcerated family member becomes a liability for those who are not in prison because of the negative social stigma associated with the situation.
Social scientists are only beginning to disentangle the association between mass imprisonment and family structure. A recent review of the literature suggests the presence of a perverse cycle in which weakening and fragile family ties limit the life chances of disadvantaged children while creating opportunities for participation in criminal activity and an increased likelihood of imprisonment. With prison time becoming increasingly commonplace among African American men, the full extent of the mass incarceration phenomenon remains to be seen.


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Aug 17, 2010
Published on Friday, May 17, 2013 by Common Dreams
Gitmo Activists Mark 100th Day of Hunger Strike With Media 'Storm'
Protests to bring greater awareness to ongoing detention and torture at Guantanamo

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Friday marks the 100th day of the Guantanamo detainees' hunger strike and human rights activists are making it known.
Activists protest against the indefinite detention of detainees outside of the Supreme Court. (Photo: Witness Against Torture) Hacker vigilante group Anonymous is marking the day with a "twitterstorm," implementing social media to bring greater awareness to the human rights violations going on at Guantanamo, particularly the indefinite detention of prisoners, many of whom have for years been cleared for release.
Under the hashtag #GTMO17, the group is asking participants to tweet out facts or quotes in order to convey the reality of the detainees' imprisonment. Some examples include:
  • "...shackled by his wrists and around his waist —while food is “dumped into this throat” for up to two hours at a time." #GTMO17
  • Amnesty International added this week that the situation at the notorious camp is “at a crisis point,” #GTMO17
  • “They won’t let us live in peace and now they won’t let us die in peace,” said detainee al-Kandari. #GTMO17
  • "they go & invade people's cells and beat them up. Maybe they think by doing so is like to break you down/make you stop the strike" #GTMO17
  • "They had a photograph of a Chechen rebel, and they thought that was me. That was secret evidence for five years." #GTMO17

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