"The week-long fast was a perfect way for me to participate in the Spiritual Practice of Lent and at the same time join in this powerful non-violent social movement to end the increasing militarism going on in the world."
The population of Danbury FCI is about 65% Latina, another 25%
African-American. My guess is Hispanic populations in all prisons have
increased massively in the last several years. I read recently that the
nature of our criminal justice system is no longer primarily concerned
with the prevention & punishment of crime but "rather with the
management & control of the dispossessed."
On Sunday, April 10, hundreds marched to the White House, where 27 human rights activists were arrested when they staged a die-in on the White House sidewalk to call attention to thousands of Latin Americans who were murdered by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas.
"My own decision to clamber over the barbed-wire fence came out of a
belief that the SOA is one embodiment of systemic violence and injustice
that reaches at least as far back into history as the near
extermination of Native Americans and enslavement of millions of
Africans at the start of Europe's great expansion. Indications are more
numerous each day that this system of global dominance, which prospers
an elite minority at the expense of the poor masses, is enhancing in
scope and consolidating power. The divide between the wealthy and the
rest widens, while the world's most powerful nation - a slave to
corporate power - continues to pursue an agenda of militarization and
nuclear dominance, demonstrating utter disregard for the planet Earth
and her less well-heeled inhabitants."