Civil and Human Rights

A Discussion on The New Jim Crow

The private-prison industry is fast growing with the two largest companies, Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group, posting profits of $2.9 billion by the end of 2010. Private prison corporations actively lobby for laws that incentivize filling prisons and detention facilities to increase their own profits at the expense of our... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on May 02, 2012

Missin’ Out on May Day?!

On May 1st of 1999 I left Manila, Philippines early in the morning, somewhat frustrated that I will miss out on May Day workers’ rallies and actions. I was headed for a meeting of the UMC Concern for Workers Task Force in Oregon. After I checked into the hotel and... read more»

Posted by Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran on May 01, 2012

The Reluctance to Discuss Economic Justice

I have noticed in some of the discussions I have heard around General Conference these last few days that many progressives have become less and less comfortable with talking about economic justice. We talk generally about justice for the poor, but that is the extent of it much of the... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 30, 2012

On the Hill: Ending Mass Incarceration

United Methodists continue to lead efforts to end mass incarceration. Last week, Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3) sponsored Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration on Capitol Hill. The event, moderated by David Fathi, director of the ACLU's National Prison Project, featured several leading experts in the area including: ... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on February 29, 2012

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