QUESTION: Labor by Prisoners in Oklahoma

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Are prisoners under supervision of Oklahoma DoC required to do work? There is a company using prisoner workers that does yearbook scanning "for free" for libraries, then sells the scans to commercial genealogy/class reunion vendors - would it be accurate to describe the prison labor used for this as "forced labor" or is that too strong a term? What literature can be found that looks at the merits of providing training to the incarcerated versus the downward impact this cheap labor pool has on low end wages outside of prison?

QUESTION: Campaign contributions for county and city elections in Georgia

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I'm trying to find information on campaign contributions for my city and county in Georgia. Specifically, Bryan County and Richmond Hill (the city). I've found where I can see contributions for state-level elections, but not down at the local level. Any help on this would be appreciated

QUESTION: prostitution

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what are your rights if you are charged with prostitution?

QUESTION: Need a historical precedent for open letter to teargas supplier NonLethal Technologies, re: Gezi Park, protests in Turkey, Turkish police brutality

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Hi RR,

I'm writing on an open letter to the Pennsylvania-based supplier of tear gas that the Turkish police are currently using in extreme quantities, and as projectiles, against thousands of protesters as well as non-protesting citizens in Turkey. I thought I'd make the case in the letter that their product is being misused, kind of how a U.S. middle school teacher made the same case in his letter to Defense Technologies in 2012, excerpted from his blog at the bottom of this email.

Then, I want to find some case examples to add to the open letter. Either A) cases where a company has learned its product was being used to hurt people and publicly stopped supplying it to those who were doing the misusing, and/or B) cases where a company was asked to stop supplying a product that was being used harmfully, didn't stop, and then was subsequently condemned by history for their reticence.

Maybe a weapons company, computers, something...? My sister mentioned a case involving IBM computers in wartime, but didn't know how this situation had turned out.

Please let me know if you have ideas for case examples for this letter. (Also any other data that could help the letter be convincing and strong.)

Also, I think NonLethal Technologies is the name of the main company supplying tear gas to Turkish government police right now this week, but I'd love to have help confirming this, and help finding out how to contact them and also contact the pepper spray supplier.

Thank you very much for all that you do. I hope this question is answerable.

All best,


"I have no doubt that the millions of dollars worth of tear gas cannisters you produce have their place—a non-lethal and usually harmless method of dispersing mobs who have gone out of control, but this is not how the Republic of Turkey uses your product. The police break up every manner of gathering in a similar way that they did ours—whether it is a group of secular nationalist on Indepence Day, a gathering of Kurdish mothers in a tent, townspeople protesting the building of a dam or students objecting to tuition hikes. They attack teachers, church goers (a sizeable Christian community lives in Istanbul), democrats, rock musicians, children and housewives. And the gas cannisters are certainly not always harmless—a Google image search on ‘tear gas cannisters’ is enough to yield some pictures of injuries from these things that turns your stomach. There are rumors sometimes that the police are deliberately targeting people.

I am writing to ask you to be more judicial in who you select as your customers, to not sell your product who regularly use it to attack their own people."

QUESTION: Defunct NGO, Canada

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I am looking for the history of a development organization founding in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario in 1967. The organization raised money for international development and started the Global Community Centre in Kitchener in 1974 which was a hub for activism and education iniatives. However I cannot find anything about the organization except for its name and founding date. Would appreciate help.

QUESTION: radical archives in Madrid

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hi Folks,
mi nivel de Espanol es bajo, but
i would like to know about and visit radical archives in Madrid --
can you suggest some? is there a list of them online?
i could not really find one....


I Hate Grey House Publishing

I know this isn't exactly a Radical Reference topic, but I just need to say this publicly somewhere. I hate Grey House Publishing. Actually, I don't have a strong feeling one way or the other about their publications, what I despise is their obnoxious telemarketing campaign. I've now had unpleasant conversations with 4 different callers in the space of maybe 6 months and have twice asked to be removed from their call list. Today I sent an e-mail. We'll see if it takes.

QUESTION: Foreclosures in my county

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I'm looking for foreclosure data for my county, which is Bryan County, Georgia, USA. Most of what I find is either for the entire state, or the largest nearby town (Savannah) which doesn't help me as I'm trying to focus on where I live.

Nice to have, but not necessary: There are two halves on Bryan County. One side contains Pembroke, the other Richmond Hill. They are actually not connected at all, the result of a military base established years ago. There is a huge discrepency in income between the two sides, so it would be nice if I could differentiate between the two. Being able to map out where the foreclosures have been would be swell, too.

QUESTION: Medication Access for Prisoners

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Are there studies of how often prisoners are denied access to medications while incarcerated? I am putting together a workshop on disability issues for environmental activists. One of the topics I will be addressing is activism by disabled people and the decision to risk arrest. This is also an important question for trans activists who take hormones. There are a lot of individual news items and cases out there, but I am looking for something more systematic and comprehensive.

QUESTION: Prejudices

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I went to school with Jahar and knew him pretty well. After what happened my friends and I really do not know what to think, but after watching hours of media coverage of this whole event I realized that the media cannot be trusted so easily with the info they give. It is hard not to trust the media because it is everywhere, but how can one go on about knowing facts while at the same time not fully trusting the media where they come from? how would the media be able to do differently?

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