There are many injustices to which the system remains blind. Standing as the accused is damaging to anyone forced to undergo the process, whether guilty or innocent. Defendants confront loss of employment and impoverishment, stigmatization and the loss of dignity, and exposure to mental and physical harm. These injustices occur throughout the court process, and on a daily basis. While they seem unconscionable to anyone forced to suffer or witness them, they are baked into a system that operates for the maintenance of class power and protection of property.

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Who says that government can’t give us nice things? Just this week, Monroe County approved $4.3 million in tax exemptions for the latest sports fad, Topgolf, to come to CityGate. While its proponents tout jobs, tourism, and reinvestment in the local economy, without a doubt there exist more beneficial means of achieving these goals. This is just the latest insult by a political class demonstrating who they work for—not the working class, but the idle rich.

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