Kelly Hayes of Truthout: Treating "predators" who commit sexual violence as outliers won't change the norms and practices that make sexual violence inevitable in this society. Nor does it offer material and emotional support to victims.
Beverly Smith, mother of Alonzo Smith. (Art: Kate Deciccio; Edited: LW / TO)
It's been two years since Alonzo Smith died of "sudden cardiac arrest" while handcuffed and restrained by "special police" at a DC apartment complex. His mother Beverly Smith reflects on Alonzo's life, his impact on the students at the school for children with emotional and learning disabilities where Alonzo worked, and her continuing fight for justice and accountability for his death.
The mausoleum at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, Illinois, holds a secret: more than a dozen containers which hold the cremains of prisoners who died at the nearby Graham Correctional Center. With an estimated 4,000 deaths in custody across the US per year, the unclaimed containers begin to pile up. So far, no family has come to claim the ashes in Hillsboro.
Producers like Diestel Turkey Brand, and retailers like Whole Foods, know consumers are willing to pay a premium for hormone-free, antibiotic-free turkeys from farms that have high animal-welfare standards. However, what happens when companies make claims that don't live up to consumer expectations?