Tag Archives: Vermont

COICA Blacklisted by Senator Wyden

By Chris Pratt
COTO Report

First the scary part. Leahy’s Law, called Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA), was introduced as a bill by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on September 20th. It was then referred to the Judiciary Committee which he chairs. On Nov. 18, the bill received a unanimous 19-0 vote in Leahy’s committee and was headed to the Senate floor for a full vote. It was definitely on its way, until Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon stepped in.

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Is talk of secession sedition? Arundhati Roy responds to charges

By Rady Ananda

In a speech last week supporting ‘azadi’ — or freedom — for the occupied people of Kashmir, Arundhati Roy won the ire of right wing extremists who started a petition to have her arrested on charges of sedition. Even moderates are shocked by her support of secession. I sit on an Indian listserve, and some of the comments against her were vicious, with most people supporting prison for this freedom-loving, earth-loving, prolific writer and activist.

Sedition is being openly discussed in several states in the US.  Bill Kaufman’s new book, Bye Bye, Miss American Empire addresses the topic head on (Chelsea Green, 2010).

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Death by Privatization: For-profit prison healthcare system implicated in death of inmate

Ashley Ellis in early 2008, about six months after the car accident for which she was jailed. (Photo Sandra Gipe)

By Terry J. Allen

Ashley Ellis’s misdemeanor arrest turned into a death sentence. Her crime: “careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.” Less than two days after entering a Vermont prison on a 30-day sentence, she died from the careless and negligent operation of a privatized for-profit prison healthcare system.

Her death shows what can, and does, happen across the country when states outsource prisoner medical services: states cut corners on monitoring, and contractors skimp on care.

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