Companies Using Prison Labor
Good morning, my fighters of freedom!
I’m assuming a lot of you have seen a lot of this information, but I wanted to compile a list of companies operating in the United States, Canada, and the UK (and globally, for some of them it would seem) that are currently, or have in the past used prison, or slave labor. Prisoners are slaves with a new title thanks to the United States’ 13th Amendment, and it is sadly, strangely, and unfortunately, *legal* for companies to use them for profit.
Thanks to organizations like ALEC, the prisoners can be paid pennies on the dollar, be forced to work in terrible conditions, and have little to no say on how they’re treated or represented while being forced to do this work. May I remind you, these prisoners are not being asked if they want to work; they’re being *told* - *forced* in most cases, to do this menial and degrading work. This is forced labor- how is that any different from slavery? In my opinion, it isn’t.
British Petroleum (BP)
British Petroleum (BP) America**
Whole Foods Market
Shell Oil Company**
Macy’s Department Store
Honda Motor Company- the Ohio branch of the Japanese company
Fruit of the Loom*
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.*
State Farm Insurance*
Sara Lee Corporation*
Avis Rent a Car System
CVS Caremark Corporation*
Bank of America Corporation**
Texas Road House*
Proctor & Gamble**
Time Warner Cable*
Shell Oil Company**
United Parcel Service (UPS)*
Avis Car Rental*
Johnson & Johnson**
This list isn't even complete; I only grabbed the companies that I thought would be eye-catching to the general public. The rest of the list can be found here:
*These companies are a part of the group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Council is known for not only using prison (slave) labor, but for promoting it.
The list of companies; most of them being huge players in our world's economic stage, is baffling. Luckily, I hope, many of them have severed ties with the massive group. The rest of the companies that are no longer part of, or supporting ALEC can be found here:
**These companies have separated from ALEC as of the publication of the website provided in the link.
***Yelp is an odd one… it seems that they joined ALEC, then told Common Cause that they’d left it on September 24 of 2014, and then rejoined the group in 2017. I have no clue what the fuck is going on with Yelp.
Later today, I’m hoping to release a new list of companies that have completely stopped using slave labor. If it isn’t as long as I hope it is, I’ll be furious!