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How jails extort the poor

How jails extort the poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.
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How much justice  is there in the criminal justice system? Often none. There is something so wrong in places such as Ferguson. It is time for America to reevaluate. 
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In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again

In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dangerous levels of lead in dozens of public schools have made the water undrinkable — but not for white, wealthy kids.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If we do not provide the essentials of life, water, food, air, shelter, and the like to all our children, then we are necessarily moving either towards a feudal system or a revolution. I cannot imagine anything more clearly wrong than allowing those children who' come from less affluent homes to suffer the inherent penalty of drinking contaminated water. Shame on us as a country if we don't choose a better path. 
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Who counts as 'homeless' depends on how you ask | Al Jazeera America

Who counts as 'homeless' depends on how you ask | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Who counts as homeless
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Meanwhile, what if we just created better programs to offer services and were less punitive towards the homeless? Perhaps then they would come in from the cold.

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Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor

Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Good jobs, affordable housing and a focus on communities in need.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What is missing from this policy statement is as important as what is present. What about all those who don't have the skills to work these "new jobs" and those kids who have no chance to go up the educational and vocational ladder because they have neither the support at home or the motivation in school. Fighting poverty is about helping people and Mrs. Clinton once again shows her more "Republican" side by talking institutions. Where, for example, is the program that would help college kids pay for school if they mentored those in need? Where is the program that would provide good nutrition for those who currently get most of their healthy eating done at school lunch? Where is the program that would reward parents whose kids do well in school so that there is a family investment in the child? Where is the support of teachers who devote themselves to working with the kids most in need? Where is the help for those kids to get school supplies and clothes? My list goes on and on and she is talking investing in businesses. Now some of my suggestions could and perhaps should be implemented by out-sourced providers, but let's get those human needs addressed first. 
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America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police

America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America’s Police Problem isn't Just About Police. It’s about race, poverty, and sky-high levels of violence. Why is the United States such a global outlier?
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A powerful and cogent discussion of the forces that lead to Americas police violence, and the author doesn't even touch on the growing militarization of police or The War on Drugs and its implications for violence.
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