Frank McAlpin: Our collective movement for racial and social justice cannot let this moment pass by. We must harness the momentum of Prop 47 to push for continued reforms in the criminal justice system not just here in California but across the nation.
Treva Brandon Scarf: I am filled with the kind of dread, anger and worry that not even the stiffest martini will take away. I have “Post Election Stress Disorder (PESD),” and I’m pretty sure a lot of you progressives out there have it too.
Randy Shaw: This first step toward broader immigrant justice came after comprehensive immigration reform repeatedly failed in Congress, and after the president kept his core political base waiting far too long for action.
Kathy Kelly: The Secretary General of NATO noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces.
Gary Corseri: He inspired as no political leader has since then. He was elegant in thought and demeanor. He made it acceptable, even “cool,” to be educated, learned, literate and erudite. He had a honed sense of irony, and could be funny.
Cheryl Dorsey: So now we know that if you are a passenger in a car, a pedestrian on a public street, or an innocent person in a stairwell you just might end up dead at the hands of a police officer whom you may have angered, scarred, or startled.
Cheryl Dorsey: An internal LAPD survey completed amidst a chorus of unfair discipline by its officers and at the behest of Police Chief Charlie Beck shows that LAPD officers feel the Chief is biased on discipline issues.
Bobbi Murray: Every week Los Angeles workers get held up for $26.2 million through unpaid overtime, being pressured to work through unpaid breaks or off the clock; some employees are simply shortchanged on their hours or pay.
Vivian Rothstein: We must invest resources in the state and local water infrastructure, expanding storage and building in smart capacities such as water monitors. In the process we’ll be creating jobs for Californians.
Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.
Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.
Steve Hochstadt: Americans angry about the economy have turned to a party which forced an end to unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which wants to cut both welfare programs and taxes on the wealthy, which opposes doing anything to prevent jobs and profits from going overseas We’ll see how that turns out.
RJ Eskow: It has been suggested that the Democratic Party can run and win on social issues in 2016, but that seems less likely after this year’s results. If voters can reject a personhood amendment and elect a far-right Republican on the same ballot, social issues aren’t likely to be the cure-all some Democrats are seeking.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.