Archive for September 2014
ERIC BALABAN: The reemergence of debtor’s prisons and the social strategy to incarcerate the poor
Eric Balaban is a senior staff counsel with the National Prison Project (NPP) of the American Civil Liberties Union. Since joining the ACLU in 1994, Mr. Balaban has represented over 75,000 prisoners in class action lawsuits challenging unconstitutional conditions of confinement across the country. He is the co-author of two national ACLU Reports, Abandoned and Abused: Orleans Parish Prisoners in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina (2006) and In for a Penny: The Rise of America’s New Debtor’s Prisons (2010). More information on the ACLU’s prison project can be found at ACLU.org
DARPANA SHETH: The rise in civil forfeiture as profit making schemes for local law enforcement
Darpana Sheth is an attorney with the Institute for Justice where she litigates cases to pro mote economic liberty and secure property rights. She is currently the lead attorney on a federal class action against the City of Philadelphia and its law-enforcement officials challenging the City’s egregious civil-forfeiture practices. Darpana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors in Political Science and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. The Institute’s website is IJ.org and more information and what people can do about asset forfeiture can be found on the website EndForfeiture.com
Robert Parry is one of our leading progressive investigative journalists best known for his uncovering Iran-Contra story and Oliver North’s involvement which earned him the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984. He current writes for Consortium News, and has covered many important stories on domestic and foreign affairs issues including the Nicaragan contra-cocaine connection, right wing terrorism, the demise of American media, the Bush and Obama presidencies, the rise and influence of the Neocons and our wars overseas. He has worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, Newsweek and PBS Frontline.
He has written several books, his latest being “America’s Stolen Narrative: From Washington and Madison to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes to Obama” His website iswww.ConsortiumNews.com
Eric Zeusse is an investigative historian and author with a long career of researching many of the topics and events that have been most troubling to Americans not afraid of critical thought. In 1982 he won the prestigious HL Mencken Award for best investigative reporting on the toxic dumpsite at Love Canal in Niagara Falls New York. His writings appear in all the leading progressive news sites such as Global Research, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Salon.com, Commondreams, Alternet, and others. He has authored several books including “They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records 1910-2010” and more recently a revisionist investigation into the origins of the Christian religion entitled “Christ’s Ventrioquists: The Event that Created Christianity.”
Professor Andrew Kolin is a professor of political science at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York, where he specializes in American political thought, civil liberties, US foreign policy, and constitutional law. Much of his recent work has focused on the conflict between state power and democracy and the history of the US turning into a police state
Kevin Carson is the Senior Fellow, Karl Hess Scholar in Social Theory and researcher at the Center for a Stateless Society, an academic left-wing Libertarian anarchist think tank that defends the ideals of social cooperation without aggression, oppression or centralized authority. His articles frequently appear on the P2P Foundation blog and have been published by Counterpunch and Before Its News.
How the rest of the world views the US and its Quest for Empire: