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The Connection Between Mass Incarceration and Environmental Justice

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The country’s prison industry has little regard for where its facilities are located—even if that means building on noxiously polluted ground.  “Until recently it’s been difficult to make any headway in questioning or challenging the prison system,”  observes Panagioti Tsolkas, director of the Prison Ecology Project (an initiative of the Human Rights Defense Center) as well as the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons. “This country has used prisons to maintain social inequality for decades.”“We’re putting a face on the movement by getting people out on the streets together, getting people to meet each other and to cross those lines between environmental activists and prisoner rights advocates.”  Read about this  important movement, while the GOP circus gives us  'memo' about nothing.

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