‘Hurricane’ Carter Went to Mat for Wrongfully Accused
David Love: With the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, we have lost a great fighter in the ring and a powerful advocate for the wrongfully convicted. In many ways, he helped open the eyes of many to the injustices of a system that far too often throws innocent people behind bars.
Supreme Court Weighs Unions’ Future
Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi: In the coming weeks the United States Supreme Court will render a decision in the case of Harris v. Quinn that could paralyze labor’s ability to organize workers throughout the country.
Fifty Years Later, Latinos Still Fighting for Civil Rights
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The discriminatory intent toward Latinos is thinly veiled, if veiled at all. More generally, anti-immigrant laws diminish the value of our civil rights and respect for our liberties.
Horatio Alger and the Illusion of Public Higher Education
Rudy Acuña: What is happening to American public education should serve as a warning to Mexico and the rest of the world that “Made in America” does not mean quality.
How Israel Impacts Palestinians’ Lives
Nora Lester Murad: Israeli occupation policies affect all aspects of Palestinians’ lives, including where they can study and how they get food
Network for Social Justice Unionism
Roshan Bliss: I will fight to the death for the right of a teacher to have good compensation and job security and due process as much as I will for my students to have text books or proper health care and the things that they need to do well.
Virunga National Park Warden Shot
Georgianne Nienaber: Virunga National Park's Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot in a roadside ambush as he was driving from Goma to Rumangabo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Two? Three? How Many Americas?
Tom Hayden: In a country so closely divided, the Left is never as marginal as many often feel. Where elections are frequently settled by one percent or by the margin of registration and turnout, every faction of the Left is potentially critical to winning or losing.
How to Reduce Police Shootings
Bob Gelfand: When the gun violence involves the police killing an unarmed civilian, peoples' views range from the angry to the downright illogical.
Los Angeles Issues
Justin Chapman: Six candidates looking to replace former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca trade barbs, ideas for reform at Pasadena forum.
Dick Price: Called “Boxing for Sheriff: Business As Usual Vs. New Ideas,” the latest in a series of debates among the seven candidates to replace departed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca broke out in a rash of finger-pointing, hot glances, and shaking heads.
Caroline Heldman: Occidental College administrators have given conflicting explanations for the 27-case gap in its 2012 sexual assaults report, and some of their explanations are blatant violations of federal reporting requirements.
Jim Hightower: One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: “Stop the vilification of wealthy people,” is their cry.
Ellen Brown: Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.
Robert Reich: At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.