Grassroots movements have inspired efforts at both state and federal levels to address the problem of incarceration due to unaffordability of bail. But nearly all of the initiatives are relying heavily on electronic monitors -- marketed aggressively by prison technology firms -- as an alternative to incarceration without first properly considering their impact on the lives of criminalized people and their families.
Being perceived as Arab, South Asian or Muslim undeniably makes one more vulnerable to being forced off a plane. The recent forcible removal of Anila Daulatzai from a Southwest flight is yet another manifestation of the pattern of Islamophobia and discrimination pervading the airline industry and it must no longer be tolerated.
Neoliberalism is just a self-serving racket antithetical to human nature, says George Monbiot, author of Out of the Wreckage. But those of us who want a generous and inclusive society need to come up with new and compelling stories to seed the politics we desire and counter the stories neoliberals have been feeding us.