All Further Articles for 2017-05-12

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Black Mamas Bailout Day: Because All Of Us Are Fallen
Declaring in the tradition of their ancestors, "We're gonna free ourselves," a coalition of 25 grassroots, black-led groups bought the freedom of about 60 black women jailed around the country for low-level offenses by raising $550,000 to pay their bail and bring them home for Mother's Day. The slogan for the campaign, aimed at an unjust bail system that punishes people, especially women of color, for being poor: "Money kept them in. Black love got them out."
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Garbage In, Garbage Out: Happy Birthday George Carlin
The take-no-prisoners George Carlin would have turned 80 on Friday. It's hard not to wonder what the guy who famously berated a country where "Anybody can be president. That's the problem" would have made of the Trumpster calamity. Prescient, he savaged both politicians and the soulless culture that made them, arguing, "If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders." From his trippy weatherman: "Tonight's forecast: Dark."
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