Jonathan Simon: We may disagree on who belongs and who does not belong in prison, or on how long prison sentences should be, or what goals those sentences should be meted out to accomplish. But one thing we should not, must not disagree on, is that those prisons should be humane.
Frank Fear: The “me-first,” self-absorbed ethic is a well-developed social pathology. America, the patient, is in triage. It will take incredible energy and effort—undertaken with wise, strategic, and ingenious intent—to accomplish the “turn” this country so desperately needs.
Ellen Brown: When an article appears in Foreign Affairs, the mouthpiece of the policy-setting Council on Foreign Relations, recommending that the Federal Reserve do a money drop directly on the 99%, you know the central bank must be down to its last bullet.
Brent Budowsky: Obama should take a page from Harry Truman in 1948: Prepare the most expansive executive orders on immigration that his attorneys believe is constitutional and call Congress back into session this month to pass a major program to dramatically increase spending to defend our borders.
Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.
Rachel Torres, lead community organizer with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and UNITE HERE Local 11, will speak at the Valley Interfaith Council’s (VIC) Annual Labor Day Program to be held at 5 pm on Monday
Walker Foley: People earning less than $25,000 annually made up 34% of car commuters and 48% of carpools in 2013. Not surprisingly, lower wage earners rely more on automobiles to commute further distances to work.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Year after year the litany of the dead, black folk criminally robbed of victimhood, shattered any pretense of innocence, protection or security in “tidy” neighborhoods like ours, neighborhoods bright-eyed, bushy tailed white reporters doing ghetto fieldwork were always surprised to know existed.
Denis Campbell: The American electorate is tired of the dysfunction and lack of work from this Congress. This is the biggest problem facing the Republican/GOP/Tea Party and why popping champagne corks is very premature, no matter what so-called ‘expert pollsters’ say!
Brent Budowsky: The fact that Hagan is still standing after millions of dollars’ worth of personal attacks against her, financed by out-of-state ultra-conservative and hyperpartisan GOP money from the Koch brothers and others, is a testament to her political resilience
Nia-Malika Henderson: Clinton could be facing a generation of social media savvy black voters and other media types who are tired of the idea of a designated “black leader,” possibly let down by Obama, and who are looking for a more up-front examination and response to racism.
Treva Brandon Scharf: Engaging in regular intense exercise not only strengthens the body, it strengthens your resiliency. It toughens you up, it builds character, and it can power you through your most pressing concerns.
Derek Cressman: While elites on both sides are preparing this proxy battle of issues for the fall elections at the federal level, the idea of voters directly weighing in about a specific issue is being threatened in California.