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Economic Update – Capitalism’s Leaders – 07.17.17

Updates on dueling health bills, cutting min wages, Pope on labor unions, Seattle taxes the rich. Major discussions of G-20 “leaders “, Detroit’s “revival”, beer company goes to worker ownership and directorship. Download this episode (right click and save)

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Bernie, Ralph & Michael – 05.03.17

When three catalytic change agents, Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader and Michael Hudson, agree that public banking is the way to go, you want to go there!  This week’s “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown” does just that by looking at why one of America’s most prominent public officials, an anti-corporate national icon and “the world’s best economist” are new passengers …

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Visionaries – 03.27.17

What do you believe that almost no one else believes?” This is Peter Thiel’s favorite question when he is interviewing. It helps him find people who think for themselves, something that seems to become more rare every day. For example, look at what Bjorn Lomborg‏, Matt Ridley, and Michael Crichton have to say about global warming, and then see who else dares say such things. Today we explore the unexplorable.

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Lauren-Brooke “L.B.” Eisen – Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.

Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report finding that privately operated federal prisons are more dangerous than those managed by the federal Bureau of Prisons and need more oversight. Within a week, the Justice Department announced it would phase out private prisons …

Andrea Germanos – Sanctuary Cities Vow to Defend ‘Basic Human Decency’ From Trump

With Donald Trump‘s inauguration just over a month away, it will soon become clear whether he intends on using beginning days in the White House to try to follow through on his promise to end federal funding for sanctuary cities. Scores of such cities, however, are standing resolute, with officials from over three dozen of them publicly reaffirming their commitment …

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Nadia Prupis – Fearing Trump, Calls Grow for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ for Undocumented Students

Students and professors across the country are calling for their schools to become “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented immigrants, in a creative form of resistance to the xenophobic policies of the incoming Trump administration. Inside Higher Ed reports that thousands of people have signed petitions urging their campuses to protect undocumented students, who will likely be at increased risk of deportation …

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Andrea Germanos – In ‘Tacit Admission’ of Cruelty, DHS Says It Too May End For-Profit Prisons

On the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) “important and groundbreakingdecision” to phase out the use of private prisons, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just signaled that it may follow in those footsteps—a move that would heed human rights advocates’ call for the agency to end “prison profiteers in our inhumane immigration system.” In a statement …

Dilley, Texas, is home to the South Texas Family Residential Center, a detention facility for immigrant women and children, which opened in 2014. The facility is managed by the private Corrections Corporation of America on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (MUST CREDIT: Photo for for The Washington Post by Ilana Panich-Linsman)

Chico Harlan – Inside the administration’s $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers

DILLEY, Tex. — As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest prison company, to build a massive detention facility for women and children seeking asylum. The four-year, $1 billion contract — details …

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Hundreds of Women in Immigrant Prison on Hunger Strike for Immediate Release

Just one week in, an indefinite hunger strike at an all-women’s immigrant detention center in Texas—operated by the for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America—has swelled to hundreds of refugees and migrants who are uniting behind a single demand: immediate freedom. While the exact number of participants is unknown, a person who regularly visits the Hutto Detention Center in Taylor …

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‘Profiting From Misery’: Private Prison Corporations Driving Harsh Immigration Policies – Sarah Lazare

Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn, spike corporate profits by driving up incarceration levels, a new report from the national social justice organization Grassroots Leadership reveals. Entitled Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota, the report’s release on Wednesday coincided with a renewed …