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The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the residents’ personal rights, subjecting them to deplorable, overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.

“One toilet and one shower for over 50 individuals and filth, dirt, overcrowding, severe overcrowding,” Asst. LA City Attorney Jose Egurbide said.
The punishments included being forced to stand by a tree for up to four hours, being ordered to translate Bible verses for a full day, being locked inside the facility for days, being forced to sleep outside, having their access to the kitchen and pantry blocked and having their county or federal benefit cards confiscated.

Resident James Calixte has experienced some of these so-called punishments.

“I sat (by the tree) for two hours and after I went to go speak to pastor and he decreased my punishment to absolute nothing,” Calixte said.


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Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident – Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.


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Robin Speronis lives off the grid. She doesn’t have running water or electricity.

Inside you’ll find the basic necessities, but not all of them. No fridge, no oven, and no running water or electricity either. Robin lives off the grid.

She cooks her food on a propane camping stove. And gets her water from rain barrels. She uses a colloidal-silver generator to disinfect that rain water.

Most her food is non-perishable. And if Robin wants something tastier, she shops for dinner the day of. Most her electronics run on battery, which are charged up by these larger solar-powered batteries. Off the grid but still connected, Robin uses a special antenna to get free wifi.

In the bathroom, a camping shower does the trick.”This will heat up with 3 hours in the sun, but I’ll take a shower at any temperature is fine for me,” she says pointing to the crude contraption.

And when nature calls, she uses water from her rain barrel to fill the tank of the toilet and flush it as though she had running water.

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A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”


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In 2005, a student in Georgia began collecting index cards with people’s responses to the question “What does freedom mean to you?”

Almost 8 years later, Alex continues with the help of countless friends and family members to collect and preserve individuals’ thoughts on the concept of freedom.

The following is a collection of thoughts by those who fought in and survived World War II. You can view the entire collection at Freedom Cards.

Bob Dole’s response is one of my favorites.

Freedom is responsibility. It is living our lives the way we choose while respecting the rights of others to do the same, and who do the same for us. While it is rooted in basic laws, it is more importantly anchored in a tradition of responsibility, mutual respect and duty that must accompany freedom in order for it to thrive. When expressed appropriately, and defended from threat or coercion or malice, freedom is the principle that elevates humanity and allows us to fulfill our tremendous promise. It does not guarantee individual results, but it provides the only foundation upon which they can possibly be achieved.

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