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They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

Anjali Tsui ProPublica
dollar bill with handcuffs High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

Shut Down the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC

Dévora González and Azadeh Shahshahani Jacobin
military soldier with long gun The School of the Americas/WHINSEC in Fort Benning, Georgia, has become notorious for training and enabling torturers, dictators, and massacres throughout the Western Hemisphere...The school is still training...ICE and the Border Patrol.

High-Tech School Surveillance Is Harming Students of Color

Priyam Madhukar Brennan Center for Justice
surveillance camera When schools introduce these technologies, they open the to door to labeling students’ normal thoughts, words, and movements as dangerous — and potentially involving law enforcement.

How Can We End Child Sexual Abuse Without Prisons?

child holding had of another person How can we disrupt and end child sexual abuse without turning to police and a racist prison industrial complex that disproportionately criminalizes, arrests and imprisons Black and Indigenous people...

books

Indecent Advances

Michael Nava Los Angeles Review of Books
Here is a book, says reviewer Nava, that makes "a significant contribution to queer history and to understanding the forces that shape contemporary queer identity."

Worse Than the Wall

Karla Molinar-Arvizo OtherWords
immigrant detnetion jail The agencies that separate families, abuse children, and deport innocent people should be just as toxic as Trump’s wall.
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