American football and corporate prisons

This video says about itself:

3rd March 2013

The Bahraini regime forces attacked citizens in a football field in Buri yesterday the 2nd of March 2013 opening fire in an absurd behavior disregarding citizens’ rights and continuing the repressive methodology against peaceful citizens. The attack resulted in injuries as the forces aimed the grenades at bodies as live ammunition would be used.

Details of the incident indicate that the forces approached the citizens in the field and started yelling at them and when one citizen approached them to talk to them they opened fire at the group that were in the field and two people were injured, one to the chest. The attack was documented on camera. The forces quickly left in their vehicles.

This behavior is not the first of the kind as citizens around the country have been attacked during normal day to day life. The forces act violently and terrorize people by attacking them with toxic gasses even when they’re inside homes, deliberately causing damage and harm.

The Bahraini royal dictatorship are not the only dodgy people greenwashing … err … “footballwashing” their tainted human rights record. The Bahrain rulers do that by bribing the British army … and British football.

Beyond Bars in the USA says about this video:

Sign Petition: Stop GEO Group from Naming a Stadium!

Florida Atlantic University is about to let the GEO Group, a notorious private prison company, slap its name on a new football stadium. Don’t allow that to happen! GEO has a shameful record of human rights violations, abuse, and neglect at its facilities.

Sign the petition here to demand that university president Mary Jane Saunders reverse her decision! Click here for the full letter. (And special thanks to the ACLU, Nation Inside, Cuéntame, and Grassroots Leadership for partnering with us on this action!!)

An e-mail by Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava says:

GEO Group gave $6 million to name the stadium. What kind of message is this move sending to students? Saunders says the GEO Group is “a wonderful company” that she’s “very proud to be partnered with.” Yet this same group has faced lawsuit after lawsuit for its abysmal conduct. Staff members have sexually assaulted incarcerated children, prisoners have lived surrounded by feces, and multiple inmates have died due to the company’s corner-cutting and indifference. Students should NOT get the message that this is OK. That’s why our Beyond Bars campaign has partnered with the ACLU, Cuéntame, the Nation Inside, and Grassroots Leadership to take action.

The Geo Group is wholly owned by notorious British mercenary corporation G4S, aka Securicor.

This is a music video by British punk band Crass, of their song Securicor (another name for G4S corporation). Lyrics are here.

Gulag Nation USA: 2.3 Million Inmates, Forced Labor, Rancid Food — and It’s Making the Corporate Overlords Wealthy: here.

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13 thoughts on “American football and corporate prisons

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  3. Tens of thousands of people are in federal prison – sometimes for life – for low-level nonviolent drug offenses.

    Weldon Angelos is one of the many victims of these draconian laws. He is serving 55 years for selling small amounts of marijuana while possessing guns that weren’t displayed or used. He was 24 years old and it was only his first arrest. Even the judge in his case thought the sentence was “cruel, unjust and irrational.”

    Let’s tell our Senators to support reform of mandatory minimum drug laws now.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

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    Write your U.S. Senators today: tell them to support legislation that would reform federal drug sentencing policies.

    Dear Activist,

    Tens of thousands of people are in federal prison — sometimes for life — for low-level nonviolent drug offenses.

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    Weldon Angelos is one of the many victims of these draconian laws. He is serving 55 years for selling small amounts of marijuana while possessing guns that weren’t displayed or used. He was 24 years old and it was only his first arrest. He’s been in prison for 10 years and will remain there for the next 45 years. That means he’ll be 80 years old before he can go home to his children, sister and father. Even the judge in his case thought it was a “cruel, unjust and irrational” sentence.

    The drug war is ruining the lives of tens of thousands of people like Weldon Angelos. It’s especially infuriating when you consider that people convicted of nonviolent drug law violations can receive much longer sentences than people convicted of rape and murder.

    These harsh sentences, which mostly apply to drug offenses, have significantly contributed to our country’s appalling mass incarceration problem. It’s laws like these that result in the United States leading the world in incarceration, with less than five percent of the world’s population but almost twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with this equation. But there’s hope. Between several reform bills in Congress and the Obama administration’s directive to scale back mandatory minimums, we have a real chance to roll back these draconian sentencing laws.

    That’s why your Senators need to hear from you now. Time is of the essence: pressure your Senators to end the cruel and wasteful practice of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug law violations.

    We’re working with a broad coalition of criminal justice reform and civil rights allies to finally get this legislation passed. There’s a promising chance that we can win this. But we can’t do it without your help.

    Our mandatory minimum sentencing laws have done much more harm than good. The human, moral and fiscal costs are too great. You can help us fix our broken criminal justice system — take action today!


    Bill Piper
    Director, Office of National Affairs
    Drug Policy Alliance


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  5. UNITED STATES: Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this weekend that it would install cooling systems in seven prisons to make conditions more bearable in the summer heat.

    It insisted the installation was not in response to numerous lawsuits alleging that high prison temperatures amounted to improperly cruel punishment.

    A University of Texas report revealed last month that at least 14 Texan inmates have died from heat exposure since 2007.


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