This story is not specifically about the Quad Cities. It is a story about poverty and the Quad Cities have their fair share of poor people just like every other town in the U.S.
Joseph Shapiro reports – When the poor are arrested or ticketed and cannot pay their fines they are often incarcerated, and so in many states they are, in essence, punished twice. Wealthier people can pay their fines and go. The poor cannot. Most U.S. court systems operate in this manner.
Link to the story (12 min.)
State by State Court Fee Chart on NPR
Profiles of Criminals Who Were Forced to “Pay or Stay”
Professor Jordan Schneider shared news of her recent visit to Afghanistan with a supportive crowd at the Bettendorf Library. Schneider was an intern at the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. Part 1 of that presentation. Part 2. (Still photos in this video were obtained from Wikimedia Commons. Butte College logo and overhead shot came from californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu and w w w.dpr.com.)
Below is a slide show of some of the artifacts and memorabilia Professor Jordan Schneider brought with her for the February 25th presentation sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.
Prof. Schneider has been with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project since 2009.
Some public relations materials from 1997 about the pipeline.
Another pamphlet about the pipeline from the same era. Jordan said she became concerned about it because she knew Afghanistan had nothing like an Environmental Protection Agency in such a war-torn country.
Prof. Schneider first learned of the Central Asian Pipeline Project in 1997.
Some of the reports Prof. Schneider studied while learning about Afghanistan as an undergraduate.
The introduction to the letter the professor and her embassy colleagues received from Princess Diana.
An Afghan pamphlet about land mines.
Introduction to John Weaver, Jordan’s host for her recent visit.