For those who don't know, Michigan is vaccinating people in prison over 65 currently, about 4k have been vaccinated.
But according to the CDC, everyone in prison is at high-risk and should be prioritized
People in prison cannot self-isolate, cannot socially distance, and cannot look over their own health care needs....here is a very strong article making the moral and substantive case for vaccinations in New York
In case you are less familiar with the second, these are people who served their sentence and are being held - in many cases forever, beyond their actual sentence based on questionable scientific claims of dangerousness
Yes, I get that folks in this situation are unpopular.....
But, we are holding people for DECADES who already served their sentences based on the legal fiction that it is treatment and not punishment
Think about the implications of the government having this power
Here is the problem with the new NY plan for vaccinating people in prisons
1) EVERYONE IN PRISON is high risk - not just people over 65 (see CDC)
2) It was forced by a lawsuit
Regardless, it is a good start, but EVERYONE in prison is at high risk and should be prioritized
People will ask, "why should people in prison be prioritized?"
That is easy, people in prison are not able to look after their own health care or socially distance, are 7X more likely to catch COVID and 3X more likely to die from it...nobody was sentenced to die from #COVID19
Prison is also permeable and we are not sure vaccinations prevent transmissions....if people inside have #COVID19, correctional staff bring #COVID19 IN and OUT....the best hope is ensuring people are vaccinated
If @VanJones68 had not done what he did, if he was not willing to work across the aisle....how exactly were those people (over 14k) coming home?
Being ideologically pure is great in theory, but I will stick with working to bring people home
It is really easy to take shots (@ananavarro) but what was the people on The View's plan to bring people home from prison during the Trump years? How could that have happened without alliances inside the White House exactly?
For those who don't know, The Clash have always been my touchstone, and were where I started my deep-dive into "alternative" musics back in my first year of high school
I had dabbled a little prior to that, but in around 1982 I was asked to play drums with a band and after our first practice they handed me the S/T album to practice with and it changed everything for me
Next thing you know I was listening to punk and hip-hop in equal measure....post-punk, going to shows, playing in bands....making new friends from all over the country...one of the best periods of discovery in my life
The year started with an interview with my friend Val, who returned from over 40 years of incarceration last year...We talked about everything from his service in Vietnam to getting to vote for the first time
* Passed the largest expansion of expungement ever (arguably ever in the United States)
* Passed all 20 pieces of legislation from the recommendations of the Task Force on Jails and Pretrial Incarceration
* Occupational Licensing reform
* SNAP reform
There was more, but it is actually possible that MILLIONS of people will be benefited by these changes and it all happened in a state with GOP control of the legislature and a DEM Governor
EVERY legislator and our Governor deserve a lot of credit for working together #mileg
Obviously, there is still a LOT of work left to do and we are dealing with a full-on COVID crisis in our prisons and jails.
117 people have died from COVID in Michigan prisons as of last night
We need the vaccine in our prisons and commutations for people at high-risk ASAP
It is not censorship when a company chooses not to endorse or distribute your messages....people are not compelled to support or endorse your speech on or using property they own
It is fair to ask why we have decided to make corporately owned platforms, in essence, the 'public square,' but that does not change the fact that these are corporately owned platforms....Twitter has every right (it is in the TIS) to comment or ban me (or anyone else)
If you went to Starbucks, and they had a bulletin board people were invited to use, and you chose to post a racist message...it is not first-amendment protected censorship for Starbucks to take it down...if you put up a lie, they can contest what you said
The WSJ story on Dr. Jill Biden was a troll (trolling for clicks)
The National Review story on Dr. Jill Biden is a troll
They say something offensive and outrageous to get attention, retweets, and to attain virality, it is literally the business model
When you give the story oxygen, when you make it a thing, when you actually retweet the story....you are helping them make money and gain attention.
They do this on purpose
This also explains why all media - right and left - in a sense - work together....Right wing media says something we find offensive - left wing media goes crazy...left wing media says something the right finds offensive....right wing media goes crazy
If people cannot return from incarceration and find housing and employment....If they cannot connect with their community and families....
What exactly do you expect they will do?
The ability to return connected is a public safety imperative
Why do we consider to expect people to embrace a society that shuns them, that often relegates them to homelessness and unemployment, that often doesn't allow them a voice in their own government, and that makes connection nearly impossible
NIMBY is counterproductive
In Oklahoma right now, law enforcement is running a scare tactics campaign to scare voters into refusing SQ 805
The question is NOT if there will be recidivism, there is recidivism now...the question SHOULD BE will there be more recidivism BEFORE or AFTER reform is passed.
I promised personal news today...a little over ten years ago I was sentenced to prison and one of the last things I did was buy this shower curtain, in hopes of having my own place again someday
For the 7 years since I have returned, I lived in a boarding house...with shared facilities and a kitchen...in other words I have not had my OWN bathroom in OVER ten years...until today! This was my old place.
Yesterday, I became a first-time home owner, today I moved into my new place, and I now am a property owner for the first time in my life...one of the very first things I did was THIS...it took a decade, but now it is mine