Slavery is defined as the act of keeping a person as a piece of property. If you ask the average American if slavery still exists in America, their answer is likely to be no. After watching this video, many will change their minds.
As the crack epidemic flooded inner cities across the country, in 1986 Reagan’s “Anti-Drug Abuse Act” makes the penalty for crack possession a hundred times harsher than that of powder cocaine. The following year new legislation is passed allowing private corporations to own and operate prisons. Twenty years later over a million non-violent drug offenders are imprisoned while corporate stocks are traded based on how many prisoners are in the cages.
A report released in 2008 by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London states that the United States has the highest incarceration rate and most people behind bars per capita in the world. Over 50% of these people are imprisoned for drug crimes. At the same time, prescription drug companies account for over 50% of Fortune 500 profits. All illegal drugs combined kill approx 11K per year while cigarettes, alcohol and pharmaceutical kill almost a million. What’s wrong with this picture?
" The family of a young man in Venice says police pinned him to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the face while he was already subdued. Friends and family are planning a protest Monday morning to show support for Ronald Weekley Jr., 20, a student at Xavier College in Venice. His family says he was skateboarding Saturday afternoon in front of his home when Los Angeles police officers detained him and threw him down to the ground. The family provided KTLA with a video of the beating, clearly showing the officers fighting with Weekley as he lay prone on the ground. “There are about three or four officers on top of my son, and the officer comes into view, gets down on the ground and hits him in his face and it’s something that you hear in the tape,” Ron Weekley Sr. told KTLA.”