Tonight, Friday, November 1st, at 10:30p EST, our new Fault Lines episode “Collect It All: America’s Surveillance State” airs on Al Jazeera America.
What does it mean to live in a surveillance state? In this episode, Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s mass data collection programs in the U.S. and abroad.
We will have more from the episode in the coming week as it repeats on Al Jazeera America on November 2, 2013, 7p ET, and premieres on Al Jazeera English on November 6, 2013.
Join us as we livetweet this episode Friday from our main Twitter account, @ajfaultlines along with the episode’s correspondent, @JoshRushing and producers @LailaAlarian, and @NafeesaSyeed.
Get caught up and tune in!
“NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,” Glenn Greenwald for The Guardian, June, 5, 2013
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing…
The order directs Verizon to “continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this order”…
The information is classed as “metadata”, or transactional information, rather than communications, and so does not require individual warrants to access. The document also specifies that such “metadata” is not limited to the aforementioned items.
“U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program,” Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras, June 6, 2013
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”
London’s Guardian newspaper reported Friday that GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, also has been secretly gathering intelligence from the same internet companies through an operation set up by the NSA.
“Everything you need to know about PRISM: A cheat sheet for the NSA’s unprecedented surveillance programs,” Verge Staff, July 17, 2013
PRISM is a tool used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect private electronic data belonging to users of major internet services like Gmail, Facebook, Outlook, and others. It’s the latest evolution of the US government’s post-9/11 electronic surveillance efforts, which began under President Bush with the Patriot Act, and expanded to include the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) enacted in 2006 and 2007.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about how PRISM works, but the basic idea is that it allows the NSA to request data on specific people from major technology companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and others. The US government insists that it is only allowed to collect data when given permission by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
“Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn’t exist,” Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, August 31, 2011
From an office on the Brooklyn waterfront in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New York Police Department officials and a veteran CIA officer built an intelligence-gathering program with an ambitious goal: to map the region’s ethnic communities and dispatch teams of undercover officers to keep tabs on where Muslims shopped, ate and prayed.
The program was known as the Demographics Unit and, though the NYPD denies its existence, the squad maintained a long list of “ancestries of interest” and received daily reports on life in Muslim neighborhoods, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The documents offer a rare glimpse into an intelligence program shaped and steered by a CIA officer. It was an unusual partnership, one that occasionally blurred the line between domestic and foreign spying. The CIA is prohibited from gathering intelligence inside the U.S.
“NYPD targets mosques using ‘terrorism enterprise investigations’,” Al Jazeera America, August 28, 2013
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. A TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate suspected terrorist cells.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise.
"NSA chief defends spy program in face of protest from allies," October 29, 2013
The head of the National Security Agency defended the intelligence agency as acting within legal boundaries Tuesday, as he sought to defuse growing controversies over the U.S. spying on its European allies and the collection of U.S. phone and email records.
General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, offered an impassioned defense of the intelligence agency, telling the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee that it is focused on preventing attacks on Americans and its allies and operates under strict oversight.
"It is much more important for this country that we defend this nation and take the beatings than it is to give up a program that would result in this nation being attacked," Alexander said…
Some of the data referenced in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was collected not just by the NSA itself but was also “provided to NSA by foreign partners,” he said. “This is not information that we collected on European citizens. It represents information that we and our NATO allies have collected in defense of our countries and in support of military operations.”
“Timeline of Edward Snowden’s revelations,”Joshua Eaton & Ben Piven for Al Jazeera America, 2013
“FAQ: What You Need to Know About the NSA’s Surveillance Program,” Jonathan Stray for ProPublica, August 5, 2013
Tomorrow night, Friday, October 25th, at 9:30p EST, our new Fault Lines episode “Children at Work” airs on Al Jazeera America.
In this episode, Fault Lines’ Wab Kinew investigates how children are hired by US agriculture to help put food on America’s tables.
We will have more from the episode in the coming week as it repeats on Al Jazeera America on October 26, 2013, 7p ET, and premieres on Al Jazeera English on October 31, 2013.
Join us as we livetweet this episode Sunday from our main Twitter account, @ajfaultlines along with the episode’s correspondent, @WabKinew.
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“Fields of Peril,” Human Rights Watch, May 2010
Hundreds of thousands of children under age 18 are working in agriculture in the United States. But under a double standard in US federal law, children can toil in the fields at far younger ages, for far longer hours, and under far more hazardous conditions than all other working children. For too many of these children, farmwork means an early end to childhood, long hours at exploitative wages, and risk to their health and sometimes their lives. Although their families’ financial need helps push children into the fields—poverty among farmworkers is more than double that of all wage and salary employees—the long hours and demands of farmwork result in high drop-out rates from school. Without a diploma, child workers are left with few options besides a lifetime of farmwork and the poverty that accompanies it.
“For migrant students, a cycle of dwindling opportunities,” Kevin Sieff for the Washington Post, November 6, 2010
Relentless mobility challenges the schools charged with educating the nation’s 475,000 migrant students. Many never start school, and in Virginia one-third fail to graduate on time. Migrant students trail others in performance on the state’s reading and math tests. That poses a major challenge for schools because federal law has set a goal for all students to pass those tests by 2014.
The stakes are even higher for the students themselves. “If these kids don’t settle in one place by high school, graduation is basically an impossibility,” said Katy Pitcock, who worked for Winchester’s migrant education program for 25 years, until 2004.
"Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped By White House Under Political Pressure,” Dave Jamieson for Huffington Post, April 27, 2012
Facing political pressure from Republicans and farming groups, the White House has decided to scrap rules proposed last year that would have prevented minors from performing certain agricultural work deemed too dangerous for children.
The Labor Department announced the decision late Thursday, saying it was withdrawing the rules due to concern from the public over how they could affect family farms. “The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations,” the department said in a statement.
“Child farm labor in Oregon and the U.S.: big dangers, little change,” Anthony Schick for The Oregonian, September 29, 2012
Lax enforcement of underage labor laws and inadequate safety rules for teens are threatening the long-term health of thousands of children who work on American farms, advocates say.
Efforts to pay for closer monitoring have failed, and farm lobbyists have blocked tighter restrictions on the work children can do. The industry’s most recent victory came in April, when the Obama administration killed a U.S. Labor Department plan that would have rewritten child farm rules for the first time since 1974.
The safety of children in the fields is a pressing issue in Oregon, where agriculture is an essential part of the economy.
The true extent of child labor in the state is hidden because official data do not include underage workers like Elvin. But visits to fields and interviews with farmworkers indicate it is far more widespread than statistics show.
Nearly everyone involved has an incentive to allow underage labor.
Farmers need crops picked, farmworkers need money children bring home and advocates for workers risk alienating whole families if they broach the subject. The tenuous residency status of many Mexican-born workers also plays a role.
“Obama, strengthen rules on child farm labor,” Cristina Traina for CNN, January 7, 2013
The numbers are hard to estimate, but between direct hiring, hiring through labor contractors, and off-the-books work beside parents or for cash, perhaps 400,000 children, some as young as 6, weed and harvest for commercial farms. A Human Rights Watch 2010 study shows that children laboring for hire on farms routinely work more than 10 hours per day.
As if this were not bad enough, few labor safety regulations apply. Children 14 and older can work long hours at all but the most dangerous farm jobs without their parents’ consent, if they do not miss school. Children 12 and older can too, as long as their parents agree. Unlike teen retail and service workers, agricultural laborers 16 and older are permitted to operate hazardous machinery and to work even during school hours.
In addition, Human Rights Watch reports that child farm laborers are exposed to dangerous pesticides; have inadequate access to water and bathrooms; fall ill from heat stroke; suffer sexual harassment; experience repetitive-motion injuries; rarely receive protective equipment like gloves and boots; and usually earn less than the minimum wage. Sometimes they earn nothing.
Our new episode “Children at Work” on children in agriculture premieres tomorrow (Friday, October 25th) at 9:30p ET on Al Jazeera America.
We will be livetweeting as usual from @ajfaultlines. See you then.
Our new episode “Chasing Fire” airs tomorrow night, October 18, 2013 at 9:30p ET/ 6:30p ET on Al Jazeera America (and next Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30p ET on Al Jazeera English).
The United States now spends as much as two billion dollars a year on wildfire suppression. Fire seasons are becoming longer and more severe than ever before—increasing the threats to property and lives, and straining the federal budget. By mid-season, there have already been 38,000 wildfires and the US Forest Service diverted $600 million from other programs to fight them. Some say it is a war on wildfires that we cannot win. Fire intensity and the costs to American taxpayers are spinning out of control.Several factors bring us to this pinnacle: Climate change has intensified droughts and brought higher than average temperatures. Decades of misguided fire management policies have left many forests primed for larger, more intense fires. And resources and priorities have shifted to protecting homes, as residential development booms in the wildlands of the American West. The costs grow exponentially as fires become more severe and the wildland more developed. Sprawling camps emerge overnight to house and feed thousands of firefighters on large fires. There is often a blank check for necessary supplies, equipment and aircrafts—much of it contracted out to private companies, making wildfire suppression a profitable and growing industry.The wildfires that ripped through forests and communities this season have caused new levels of damage and devastation. The Black Forest Fire—the most destructive in Colorado’s history—destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two residents. In Yarnell Arizona, 19 wildland firefighters died when a fast-moving brush fire overtook them. Their deaths devastated a tight knit community and reverberated throughout the country. Then the ferocious Rim Fire threatened Yosemite National Park and became one of the largest in California’s history, costing more than $100 million. And the season is not over yet…Fault Lines follows the 2013 wildfire season, chasing the flames as they spread throughout the West. As millions of acres continue to burn each year, we examine what is going wrong with the war on wildfires and the true costs of putting them out.
Editor’s Note: The following is by Moath al-Alwi, a Yemeni national who has been in U.S. custody since 2002. He was one of the very first prisoners moved to Guantánamo Bay detention camp, where the U.S. military assigned him Internment Serial Number (ISN 028). The article was translated from the Arabic by his attorney, Ramzi Kassem.
I write this after my return from the morning’s force-feeding session here at Guantanamo Bay. I write in between bouts of violent vomiting and the sharp pains in my stomach and intestines caused by the force-feeding.
The U.S. government now claims that, among the 164 prisoners at Guantanamo, there are fewer than two dozen hunger strikers, down from well over 100 back in August. I am one of those remaining hunger strikers. I have been on hunger strike for almost nine months, since February.
Photo: Chantal Valery/Getty Images
Our Fault Lines episode on life in Yemen after Guantanamo - episode, background reading, slideshow, livetweet archive here.
How has the US’s relationship with Egypt changed since the Egyptian military coup of July 3, 2013? Tune in to Fault Lines on Al Jazeera America at 9:30pm/6:30pm PT for more.
In a tweet during Friday’s “Stolen Wages” episode premiere, producer Sam Black pointed out that some states make no distinction between tipped workers and non-tipped workers with regard to minimum wage.
In these states, those who work in a restaurant, at a bar, or any other job where they would typically be “tipped,” can expect to earn minimum wage and benefit from any state increases in that amount over time.
Compared to the $2.13 federal minimum cash wage for tipped workers -frozen at $2.13 for the past 20 years - tipped workers in these states can see up to 430% more money in each paycheck than those in states that adhere to the federal tipped worker minimum wage amount.
(Minimum wage for tipped workers in WA is $9.19.)
So, of course we created an infographic to highlight these states where employers can’t expect consumers to pay the salaries of those they employ.
Our “Stolen Wages” episode premieres on Al Jazeera English on October 9, 2013. Tune in to find out more about wage theft, and more issues plaguing the food services industry.
Today, Friday, October 4th, at 9:30p EST, our new Fault Lines episode “Stolen Wages” airs on Al Jazeera America.
As always, here’s some background reading for the episode.
We will have more from the episode in the coming week as it repeats on Al Jazeera America on October 5, 2013, 7p ET, and premieres on Al Jazeera English on October 9, 2013.
We will also be livetweeting this episode Sunday from our main Twitter account, @ajfaultlines. See you tonight!
“Our wage theft epidemic" Spencer Woodman for Salon.com, February 20, 2013
Even as the ranks of low-wage workers have swelled since the recession, Democratic and Republican legislatures in more than a dozen states have quietly slashed funding for the agencies that enforce minimum wage law. Budget cuts are no surprise in an era of austerity. Yet the effect of these cuts on wage-and-hour investigative units—charged with examining and settling wage disputes—has seriously compromised an essential line of defense for already vulnerable low-wage earners, according to experts. State labor officials and researchers around the country tellIn These Times that low-wage workers facing abusive employers increasingly have nowhere to turn.
The victims of nonpayment of owed wages—referred to as “wage theft”—are most frequently workers at the bottom of the income scale. The U.S. Department of Labor, which significantly expanded its investigative force under former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, can take wage theft cases, but it is less familiar with local particulars and is prohibited from investigating many employers covered by state laws. Most private attorneys are unwilling to take wage theft cases, since they involve comparatively small sums of money.
“David’s Cafe again in the midst of a legal battle over unpaid wages”, Brenda Medina, February 1, 2013
The popular David’s Cafe restaurant in Miami Beach is under federal investigation again for allegedly not paying some of its employees.
“Oh, yes. There is a very active investigation going on,” Will Garnitz, regional supervisor of the Department of Labor, said Friday. He declined to release further details on the investigation.
Also Friday, 19 former workers filed a lawsuit against the restaurant’s owners.
“They have been able to get away with it because they keep saying that their corporation is bankrupt so they can’t afford to pay what they owe the workers,” said the group’s attorney Noah Warman. “But under the federal law (Fair Labor Standards Act), they themselves are liable for the abuse and for paying their workers with checks that bounce.”
David’s Cafe has been the target of several protests by former employees who claim they are owed more than $70,000 for months of work without pay. The group consists of former workers at David’s Cafe at 1058 Collins Ave. and David’s Cafe II, which closed in 2012, when its owners claimed they could no longer afford to pay rent.
Darden Restaurants Inc. violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of the workers.
The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks to collectively represent current and past employees who worked for Darden from August 2009 to the present. It seeks potentially tens of millions of dollars in back pay and other compensation, plus interest and attorney fees, said lead lawyer David Lichter.
Darden spokesman Rich Jeffers said the allegations “fly in the face of our values and how we operate our business.”
The Orlando-based company’s website said it has more than 2,000 restaurants in North America that employ about 180,000 people. Darden does not franchise its restaurants.
The Department of Labor has found violations similar to those claimed in the lawsuit in several individual investigations, including a 2011 probe in which the company agreed to pay more than $25,000 in back wages to Olive Garden workers in Mesquite, Texas. Darden was also assessed a $30,800 fine in that case.
“Fast Food Strikes Go Viral: Workers Expected to Protest Low Wages in 35 Cities Thursday”, Victor Luckerson for Time, August 27, 2013
Low-wage workers at fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and retailers such as Macy’s are gearing up for a nationwide strike just before Labor Day weekend. The striking workers are demanding the right to unionize and at least $15 an hour in pay, more than double the current national minimum wage of $7.25. Organizers say Thursday’s strikes could touch as many as 35 cities.
“These companies that own these fast food restaurants, they make way too much money off the backs of the employees,” says Dearius Merritt, a 24-year-old worker at Church’s Chicken in Memphis who earns $13 an hour and plans to take part in his first strike Thursday. “I’m in the store every day with these workers that make $7.25…If I’m 30 years old and this is what I have to do to survive, then I deserve a living wage off of it.”
The rumblings against the long-standing economics of fast food began last November in New York, when about 200 restaurant workers went on strike in a one-day protest. By July the movement had ballooned to include thousands of workers across seven other cities, including Chicago, Detroit, and Kansas City. Now, with workers in places like Los Angeles, Memphis, and Raleigh getting involved—with extensive financial backing from the Service Employees International Union—organizers and labor experts expect this week’s strike to dwarf previous protests.
“Minimum Wage For Restaurant Servers Remains Stagnant For 20 Years Under Industry Lobbying”, Dave Jamieson for The Huffington Post, June 2, 2012
But since 1966, a sub-section of the minimum wage has existed for people who work for gratuities, known as the “tipped minimum wage,” which Congress last bumped to $2.13 per hour in 1991. Some states have increased the tipped minimum wage on their own as well — and Washington, like six other states, has no tipped minimum wage at all, so servers earn a full $9.04 before gratuities. About half of all states, however, continue to allow restaurants to pay servers $2.13, provided they make up the difference if the server doesn’t reach the standard minimum wage after tips.
The cost of living, meanwhile, has continued to climb.
Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees, by State, U.S. Department of Labor
“Quick Facts: Women & Criminal Justice”, Women’s Prison Association, 2009
Over 200,000 women are in prison and jail in the United States, and more than one million women are under criminal justice supervision.
- There were 115,779 women incarcerated in either state or federal prisons at midyear 2008.
- The average daily adult female jail population at midyear 2008 was 99,175.
- At year end 2007, there were 987,427 women on probation, representing 23% of the total probation population.
- Women represented 12% of the parole population (98,923 women) in 2007.
The number of women in prison has grown by over 800% in the past three
- The female prison population grew by 832% from 1977 to 2007. The male prison population grew 416% during the same time period.4
- Oklahoma has the highest female imprisonment rate at 134 per 100,000 women.
- Massachusetts has the lowest rate of female imprisonment at 13 per 100,000 women.
Two thirds of women in prison are there for non-violent offenses, many for drug related crimes.
“Women in Prison: An Overview”, American Civil Liberties Union, 2006
Women of color are significantly overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
- Two-thirds of women in prison in the United States are women of color.
- In 2004, black women were 4.5 times more likely than white women to be incarcerated.
- African American women’s incarceration rates for all crimes increased by 800% since 1986, compared to an increase of 400% for women of all races.
- In Montana, Native Americans are 6% of the population but Native American women constitute approximately 25% of the total female prisoner population.
Girls of color who are victims of abuse are more likely to be processed by the criminal justice system and labeled as offenders than white girls. White girls who are abused have a better chance of being treated as victims and referred to child welfare and mental health systems.
“California’s Great Prison Experiment”, Tim Stelloh for The Nation, June 5, 2013
By 2006, the California prison system had reached a crisis point: built to house 80,000 inmates, it held more than twice that number. “It was like the USSR,” says Jim Mayer, executive director of California Forward, a nonpartisan government reform group. “It was going to implode on itself.” A few years later, a three-judge panel handed down a dramatic ruling in response to two federal class-action lawsuits filed by inmates: the first, from 1990, claimed that mentally ill prisoners did not have access to minimal care; the second, filed eleven years later, described similar conditions for regular medical treatment. The panel found that inmates had been subject to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The judges ordered California to shrink its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates. The state appealed, but on May 23, 2011, the US Supreme Court upheld the order in a landmark ruling, Brown v. Plata. By June 27, 2013, the Court ruled, California’s prisons would have to look very different.
So began “realignment,” an unprecedented overhaul of California’s thirty-three prisons, described as the largest criminal justice experiment ever conducted in America. Tens of thousands of low-level offenders would be kept in their hometowns instead of being shipped to state prisons. Law enforcement would seek smarter, cheaper justice models. That, at least, was the theory. And while the Court’s deadline has since been pushed from June to December, the question remains: Is California doing enough to reverse its prison crisis?
“Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval”, Corey G. Johnson for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Jul 07, 2013
Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s, according to state documents and interviews.
From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners.
The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant and housed at either the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, which is now a men’s prison.
Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the future.
“California’s Continuing Prison Crisis”, The Editorial Board for The New York Times, August 10, 2013
Over the past quarter-century, multiple lawsuits have challenged California’s state prisons as dangerously overcrowded. In 2011, the United States Supreme Court found that the overcrowding had gotten so bad — close to double the prisons’ designed capacity — that inmates’ health and safety were unconstitutionally compromised. The court ordered the state to reduce its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates, to 110,000, or to 137.5 percent of capacity.
In January, the number of inmates was down to about 120,000, and Gov. Jerry Brown declared that “the prison emergency is over in California.” He implored the Supreme Court to delay a federal court order to release nearly 10,000 more inmates. On Aug. 2, the court said no. Over the furious dissent of Justice Antonin Scalia, who reiterated his warning two years ago of “the terrible things sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order,” six members of the court stood by its earlier ruling. California has to meet its goal by the end of 2013.
“California legislators urge speedy inquiry into prison sterilizations”, Corey G. Johnson for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Aug 21, 2013
Legislators today fast-tracked an audit into why doctors under contract with the state sterilized nearly 150 female prison inmates from 2006 to 2010 without the required authorizations.
During a hearing at the State Capitol, members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved the investigation into female sterilization and asked the California State Auditor’s office to make the review its highest priority.
Tubal ligations have been restricted since 1994 to instances of medical necessity – and only when authorized by top state corrections officials. But a former medical official told CIR that prison medical staff considered the rule unfair and looked for ways around it.
“For those of us who serve in state government, this is irrevocably unacceptable,” Jackson said. “The fact that this is the 21st century and we have to ask our state auditor to see if women are being coercively sterilized is absolutely unconscionable and, frankly, revolting.”
Fault Lines’ “America’s Infant Mortality Crisis” episode premieres on Al Jazeera English Wednesday (Sep. 25th) at 6:30 EST. For our friends outside of the U.S., tune-in and review the background reading for the episode.
Also, checkout our livetweet of the episode premiere on AJAM.
"Over 11,000 babies die on their day of birth each year in the U.S."