A Well Regulated Militia

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Jerry Drucker: In spite of what the NRA, the Tea Party or today’s Republican’s might say, the Founders never had the thought of overthrowing the United States government, nor the use of guns to protect us from ourselves.

Run Snowden, Run!

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Jonathan Simon: In the age of Bush and Obama, American punishments reflect a level of viciousness and degradation that no principled person should be willing to accept for themselves or others.

Why Ray Kelly Should Not Run Homeland Security

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David Love: President Obama thinks Raymond Kelly would make a great choice to replace Janet Napolitano as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, but given Kelly’s record on race, African-Americans should be wary.

“Stand Your Ground” in Daycare?

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David Love: With the ink on the George Zimmerman ‘not guilty’ verdict barely dry, another state appears ready to consider a Florida-style “Stand Your Ground” law.

Justice for Marissa Alexander

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Tom Degan: George Zimmerman is a free man. Marissa Alexander languishes in a prison cell. Do they even have air-conditioning in those jury rooms? You gotta wonder.

Facing Reality: Race Matters

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Hector Villagra: We must confront race, admit racism still exists and discuss how it plays out in our society – without being accused of playing the race card or engaging in racial demagoguery.

What If Zimmerman Were Black?

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David Love: Some people are asking, what if the roles were reversed? What if Zimmerman was the shooting victim? Better yet, what if George Zimmerman had been a black man accused of shooting a white teen to death?

From Outrage to Action: Organizing Out of Black Trauma

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Jamala Rogers: What was different is that Zimmerman quickly rose to be the darling of the right-wing, gun-toters. It was a battle between progressive and reactionary forces and we were out-organized. This doesn’t have to be the end of the story.