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Enslavement through the US prison system

Last week, a Louisiana sheriff gave a press conference railing against a new prisoner release program because it cost him free labor from “some good [inmates] that we use every day to wash cars, to change oil in the cars, to cook in the kitchen.” Two days later, news broke that up to 40 percent of the firefighters battling California’s outbreak of forest fires are prison inmates working for $2 an hour. Practices like these are disturbingly common: Military gear, ground meat, Starbucks holiday products, and McDonald’s uniforms have all been made (or are still made) with low-wage prison labor.  Read more.
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A prominent Democratic donor called on every governor in the United States and the mayors of 2,000 cities to tell constituents where they stand on the question impeaching President Donald Trump—an issue that has been publicly raised by two lawmakers since the president took office in January.
In a letter, billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer asked state and local leaders to call on federal representatives to support...read more.