Another inmate has died at the Stanislaus County jail, but our count, the 4th person in a matter of months at the facility. Others have died at the hands of the guards due to tasers.
Meanwhile, while police use of taser weapons kill inside and outside the jails, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is working with the police to put on a forum to allow the police the chance to explain why and how they use tasers. This benefits only the cops, as it gives them an opportunity to face criticism from the community but at the same time face no real consequences from it. It is in the streets, workplaces, and our communities, fighting back, that we gain power, not on our knees in front of those that would just as soon shoot us dead.
Meanwhile, as the carrot on Obama's stick starts to rot, the rich and elite in Stanislaus County are hoping to raise co-payments for the poorest among us. According to the Modesto Bee:
The Western Center on Law & Poverty is taking a dim view of the cuts to Stanislaus County's indigent health program, which has been a safety net for the poor and people who have lost jobs during the recession. "This is one of the worst examples we have heard of," said attorney Katie Murphy of the nonprofit center, which is involved in indigent health care lawsuits in San Diego, Fresno, San Francisco and Sacramento counties. The county has been reducing social services to keep pace with a slowdown in tax receipts and a drop in property values because of the recession and the region's foreclosure crisis. Patients whose co-pays were as low as $3 are now expected to pay up to $574 a month when they see a doctor, need medication or require other treatment.
They took your home. They took your job. They police you. Beat you. Taser you. Jail you. Now they pull the plug by your bedside.
Meanwhile, the schools such as those in the Modesto City District continue to be another battle ground, as workers and bosses square off. Those in charge find it hard to cut their own pay and jobs but so easy to cut ours. When we will stop talking with these people and asking them nicely to stop?
The rich will only be defeated when they are running for their lives.