Remember Angela Davis?
From today's paper
Davis was in town as a guest of Critical Resistance, a national anti-prison organization that views the American way of incarceration as a misguided attack on the poor and working class. Davis was the keynote speaker for a conference that called for amnesty for "prisoners of Katrina," including the 6,000 or so inmates evacuated days after New Orleans fell into horror.
Okay, Mizz Davis, we'll send them all to your hometown.
Anti prison organization indeed.
Info on Critical Resistance from wikipedia:
Critical Resistance is a national, member-based grassroots organization that works to build a mass movement to dismantle the '"prison-industrial complex"'. Critical Resistance has three offices (Oakland, New Orleans, and New York City), and nine chapters across the United States.
Critical Resistance was founded by Angela Davis, Rose Braz, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and many others. The organization is primarily volunteer member-based, with only five staff members: Rose Braz, Kai Lumumba Barrow, Robert "Kool Black" Horton, Ari Wohlfeiler, and Pilar Maschi, with three part-time staff members for the LA, Oakland and New Orleans chapters.
Critical Resistance popularized the idea of the prison industrial complex after their first conference in 1998, which drew thousands of former prisoners, family members, activists, academics and community members, and by many accounts re-invigorated anti-prison activism in the United States.
Excerpt from the Critical Resistance website :
"Critical Resistance works to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe."
I'm having a difficult time in accepting anything LESS than the "prison industrial complex" for people who rob, rape and kill.
If I were in charge Joe Arpaio would be the Prisoner Tsar of the country
Call me whatever you will, but I'm on the side of the VICITIMS. But that's just me.