Monthly Archives: December 2011

8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

This article originally appeared here on AlterNet.

The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

July 31, 2011  |
 Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.

Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.

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An appeal from the Prison Books Collective

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For the last six years, the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective has sent thousands of books and resource guides into prisons in the South, as well as published prisoners’ stories, essays, and artwork. In many of these prisons there are no libraries, and those that do exist are drastically inadequate. Little to no educational or rehabilitative opportunities exist. We provide these resources to enable prisoners to self-educate, self-organize, and challenge the roots of their conditions.

Our group is entirely volunteer-run and subsists week to week on the donations of supporters. To be able continue this work, we started a fundraising initiative called the monthly sustainer program. Supporters can now sign up at our website to have a small sum securely and automatically deducted from their bank account or credit card each month. Just $5-10/month can send over a hundred more books into prison each year. Every single dollar received from sustainers goes to mailing packages of books in to prisoners.

Please consider signing yourself as a monthly sustainer, or asking a relative or loved one to sign up on your behalf as a gift. Become a lifeline for literacy and hope in North Carolina prisoners. Become a sustainer.

In Solidarity,

the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

Click Here to join as a sustainer at the rate of $5 per month

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