How Corporations and Local Governments Use the Poor As Piggy Banks
. Barbara Ehrenreich (previously
) talks about how the cycle of poverty is perpetuated by wage theft, municipal/criminal fines, and debtors prisons.
Wendy Whitaker is a sex offender.
At 17, she had oral sex with a boy, just shy of his 16th birthday. She's losing her house because she cannot live within 1000 feet of any area where children congregate, and the local church runs an unadvertised daycare. In 2006 she sued over the residency restrictions. Last Thursday, she lost. She filed a new lawsuit, saying that her sex offender status is cruel and unusual punishment. [more inside]