2015-10-26 17:37:18

Hedges: Corporate America Exploiting Prison Labor

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist and Presbyterian minister Chris Hedges, whose latest book is "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle," spoke Saturday at New York’s "Rise Up October" rally and march to end police violence. In his address, Hedges spoke about the effects that police violence and mass incarceration has on families.

"There are husbands and wives severed, sometimes forever, from their spouses," said Hedges.
"There are sisters and brothers that have been torn apart, but this morning we remember most the children, those whose mothers and fathers are locked behind bars or whose parents will never come home again, whose tiny lives have been shattered, whose childhoods have been stolen, who endure the painful stigma of loss or of having a mother or father in prison and cannot comprehend the cruelty of this world."

Hedges then called out corporations by name:

"We call out the corporations that exploit underpaid and bonded prison labor for their complicity in neoslavery: Chevron, Bank of America, IBM, Penney, Sears, Wal-Mart, Eddie Bauer, Wendy’s, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Pierre Cardin and Target. We say to all those who oppress the poorest and most vulnerable among us that what you do is sinful and evil in the eyes of God."

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