For several decades, private agencies, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Puerto Rican government, with the support of federal funds, waged a crusade to sterilize Puerto Rican women. Women on the island were encouraged to agree to “la operación” by armies of public health workers who offered it at minimal or no cost.
The island-wide sterilization campaign was so successful that by 1968 more than one-third of the women of childbearing age in Puerto Rico had been sterilized, the highest percentage in the world at that time.
A similar effort on Indian reservations during the 1970s left more than 25 percent of Native American women infertile. In four Indian Health Service hospitals alone, doctors performed more than 3,000 sterilizations without adequate consent between 1973 and 1976. For small Indian tribes, this policy was literally genocidal. One physician reported that “[a]ll the pureblood women of the Kaw tribe of Oklahoma have now been sterilized. At the end of the generation the tribe will cease to exist.”»Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body (via socialismartnature)
Fun Fact: The Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out
If was revealed that the U.S. gave $7.7 trillion to bailout the banks since the recession. If you evenly distribute that money to 313.9 million citizens, every single American would have received $24,530.11, enough to eradicate poverty (the poverty level for one person is $11,490).
If everyone knew this fact, could we/would we resist?