Don’t Shoot: Respect, Guide and Inspire

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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.

Unarmed and Unaware

Unarmed Black Men 18

Sharon Kyle: It’s easier for me to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.

Breaking Up “Broken Windows” Policing

Broken Windows Policing Theory

Tom Hayden: In light of the evidence, the broken windows theory should be scrapped as deeply flawed and probably an unconstitutional form of racial profiling and selective prior restraint against young people.

“We Tortured Some Folks”

We Tortured Some Folks

John Marciano: Those who accept the President’s argument that fear made people torture others, should then be expected to understand the fear that drove North Vietnamese to torture American pilots – including Senator John McCain.

The “Broken Windows” Fraud

Broken Windows Policing

Randy Shaw: Hot-spot policing was the key to NYC’s success, yet to this day former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives instead credit the broken windows strategy.

Hobby Lobby: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Civil Rights Act Today

Mark Bowen: Perhaps nothing better illustrates what’s wrong with America in the poisoned political climate of the 21st Century than the failure of anybody to appreciate the irony of the Hobby Lobby decision being handed down during the same summer in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood

Texas Open Carry

Walter Brasch: A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

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Norman Solomon: When a drone or cruise missile implements an assumed right to snuff out a life, without a semblance of due process, the presidential emulation of divine intervention is implicit.

Will Oscar Pistorius Get Off?

Oscar Pistorius Verdict Prediction

Lisa Bloom: Circumstantial evidence is sufficient and, in fact, is normally the only evidence the state has in a murder trial. Even if the panel tends toward leniency…

Hobby Lobby’s Silver Linings

Hobby Lobby Ruling

Tom Hall: For all the fears that Hobby Lobby will open the door to new claims by people who want to use religious excuses to discriminate, it appears equally clear that the decision writes finality to arguments about marriage equality.

Federal Schizophrenia about Marijuana

Marijuana Legalization

Wendy McElroy: Is the Obama administration sincere in its stated intention to ease draconian drug sentences? Or is the rhetoric just that?

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