After decades of using mass incarceration to attack and marginalize its most vulnerable populations, the US has been offering its expertise, and in some cases money, in building and managing prisons to at least 34 other countries. Prisoners in Latin America, where rates of incarceration have increased since US involvement, are now also subjected to US prison practices like extreme isolation and sun deprivation.
Sister Aisha al-Adawiya is the founder of Women in Islam, Inc. and a mentor and inspiration to activists of all faiths. As we all struggle on so many fronts with so few resources, our real power lies in coming together and being accountable for each other's lives and wellbeing -- not just as allies but as family, she says.
Most of the discussion about student debt in the US has centered on its excessiveness and the negative impact it has on home-buying for the next generation. However, the untold story of student loan debt in the US is that it is being used as a form of economic terrorism designed not only to redistribute wealth to the elite, but to undermine and degrade American democracy as a whole.