Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

25 August 2003

Prisons - the new business opportunity

The new slave labour - the world's booming prison population. The rise of the prison-industrial complex ... "From worker, to unemployed, to criminal, to convict laborer, the cycle has come full circle. And the only victor is big business. For private business, prison labor is like a pot of gold. No strikes. No union organizing. No unemployment insurance or workers' compensation to pay. No language problem, as in a foreign country.

New leviathan prisons are being built with thousands of eerie acres of factories inside the walls.


Prisoners do data entry for Chevron, make telephone reservations for TWA, raise hogs, shovel manure, make circuit boards, limousines, waterbeds, and lingerie for Victoria's Secret. All at a fraction of the cost of "free labor. Prisoners can be forced to work for pennies because they have no rights. Even the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which abolished slavery, excludes prisoners from its protections." Read all about it at: http://www.prisonactivist.org/crisis/evans-goldberg.html.

TODAY'S TRIBUTE: The Zapatistas of southern Mexico who are fighting the onslaught of America pty ltd. For more about these astounding revolutionaries who are simply trying to save the world by saving their neighbourhood visit: http://www.zapatistas.org/.

ZAPATISTA COMANDANTA ESTHER SPEAKS! - "Primarily the women, it is they who feel the pain of childbirth. They see their children die in their arms from malnutrition, for lack of care. They also see their children without shoes, without clothing, because they do not have enough money to buy them, because it is they who care for the homes, they see that they do not have enough for food."