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Writing about technology and social justice. Loving a genius with PTSD. Working for an abundant, peaceful, and equitable future.
14 Jun 20
Concerned w/ takes on defunding the police that suggest "fund social services instead." Public welfare programs - as they exist in the US today - are an apparatus of social control. They punish the poor for being poor, extract money fr struggling communities & criminalize poverty
As I wrote in #AutomatingInequality: "The culture of policing wears many uniforms. And the state doesn’t require a cop to kill a person." Please don't suggest moving billions to support social service departments in the absence of input/control of the welfare rights movement.
If you need help identifying the very active US welfare rights movement, start here: Michigan Welfare Rights (@MWRO), Poor Ppl's Econ Human Rights Campaign (@PPEHRCorg), Springboard to Oppty (@SpringboardToOp), Poor Magazine (@poormagazine), welfarewarriors.org, etc.
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10 May 20
The @latimes reports that many poor and working class people call coronavirus the 'rich man’s disease:' "carried in by travelers returning from business trips in China, studies in Europe, ski vacations in the Rockies." lat.ms/2SR1FtQ
Was just reading about the Black Death, which was also carried by the wealthy, who fled the cities to country estates (the Middle Ages version of vacation homes), spreading plague. bit.ly/35NIpmD
The @latimes piece continues, "The well-off have been refining social distancing for years, and when contagion appears, societies’ first instinct has often been to target and sequester the poor. ... when a pandemic begins with the rich, the poor have nowhere to hide."
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16 Oct 19
Report fr @Alston_UNSR on the digital welfare state: "There is a grave risk of stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia....Big Tech operates in an almost human rights free-zone, and...is designing...significant parts of the dig welfare state." bit.ly/2IWkvet
@Alston_UNSR (1/2) In the ‘digital welfare state’ "systems of social protection and assistance are increasingly driven by digital data and technologies that are used to automate, predict, identify, surveil, detect, target and punish."
@Alston_UNSR (2/2): "The process is commonly referred to as ‘digital transformation’, but this somewhat neutral term should not be permitted to conceal the revolutionary, politically-driven, character of many such innovations." (p 3)
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4 Jul 18
"The United States remains the most unequal society in the developed world.” I know I'm late, but spending #July4th reading UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston's (@Alston_UNSR) scathing report on extreme poverty in the USA. Expect updates. undocs.org/A/HRC/38/33/AD…
"The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.” (Alston 2018: II. 5.)
“The US is alone among dev'd countries in insisting that, while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable health care or growing up in...total deprivation.” (ibid: III. 12.)
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