March 2017

Tens of Thousands of ICE Detainees Allegedly Forced Into Labor, A Violation of Anti-Slavery Laws

A 2014 lawsuit filed against GEO Group, one of the largest private prison contractors, alleges that as many as 60,000 immigrants detained by ICE were forced to work for $1 a day or no money at all, under threat of solitary confinement — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws. In March, the lawsuit reached a historic class action status.


Private Prisons and Modern American Slavery Set to Thrive Under Trump Presidency

With Trump’s plan to expand the use of private federal prisons, and his executive order to increase the number of immigration officers and escalate deportation enforcement raids nationwide, those private prisons are guaranteed a constant, plentiful supply of ICE detainees to occupy their cells — and even more so, to profit immensely from their barely paid, compulsory labor.




Since 1776, The United States Has Been at War 91% of the Time Since Its Founding — 220 out of 241 Years

Since the United States was founded in 1776, the country has been at war during 220 out of its 241 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. has spent at peace, without waging or joining any wars.








Past Masterpiece of the Week [+Bonus Record!!] (Mar 1-11, 2017): The Mummies – Shitsville 7″ (1990) + Never Been Caught (1992)

The Mummies were an American garage punk band from San Bruno, CA. Formed in late 1988, they exhibited a defiantly raw and lo-fi sound, dubbed “budget rock.” The Mummies, with their unique sound coupled with their rebellious attitude and distinctive performance costumes, established themselves as a major influence on garage punk and garage rock revival acts later in the decade, as well as in the 1990s.