Rich Justice Poor Justice

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Jazz Hayden: Just stand outside the criminal courts, traffic courts, and civil courts on any day of the week and you will see long lines of poor people of color — black, brown, and beige — receiving “poor people injustice”.

As Senators Roast JPMorgan Chase, Are The Winds Shifting for Diamond Jamie?

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RJ Eskow: We’ve been saying for years that JPMorgan Chase is fundamentally a criminal enterprise, that “Obama’s favorite banker” Jamie Dimon is a fraud, and that “America’s best bank” is a nest of venality and criminality.

ACLU-SC Pasadena / Foothills Looks at Gun Violence, What to Do About It

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Dick Price: “You can take it all the way back to Columbine. We have had 31 mass murders since Columbine. We get upset for six or eight months and then we go back to sleep again.

How Not to Govern Through Crime: Insights on Bullying

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Jonathan Simon: While bullying has long been a noted feature and minor concern of childhood and schooling, the emergence of a distinctive government-rationality around crime in recent decades, has led to laws that compel schools to treat bullying more like a real crime and law that make it a crime.

Scalia: Recuse or Resign

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Brent Budowsky: Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.

Gun Violence: An All-American Crisis

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Marian Wright Edelman: too many people assume that despite recurring cases of often labeled “isolated” or “unpredictable” mass gun violence primarily committed by White male shooters, “ordinary” gun violence is mostly a Black problem that is or should be the Black community’s responsibility alone to solve.

Expand Section 5

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Karen Finney: The record increases in minority voter registration and turnout have actually inspired a whole new generation of measures designed to pervert the law and blunt the impact of America’s growing minority population.

Scalia and Racial Entitlements: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

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Tom Degan: It was obvious by their questions to the lawyers making the anti-voting-rights argument that the five right-wing neanderthals on the bench have every intention of going gently into that dark night of voter suppression.

Assault Weapons, Mental Illness, and Mass Murder At Sandy Hook: A Grieved Nation Shouldn’t Be Confused About What To Do Next

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Anthony Samad: America’s gun fascination, turned assault weapon fascination, has come to a head. Assault weapons never had any business on the streets on America. They are a function of the overproduction of military weaponry, a vestige of the Cold War, when America refused to reduce its defense budget and allow the military industrial complex to broker weapons throughout the world—without regard for where they ended up.

Is the Voting Rights Act Passe?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Everyone is the same the moment we cast our ballot. However, that equality depends on equal access to the ballot, something which regrettably is not automatic and that must be actively protected.

Weapons of War: How Radical Are You?

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Wilson Riles: It is the frame of mind that exists all over the political landscape that says guns can be an instrument of offensive political action and that there are humans whom it is OK to kill. It is that which we must eliminate. That is the radicalism that is too far.

Expecting Black Men to Play in Stadium Named After Prison

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Bruce Reilly: I highly doubt any of the 99 players of the Florida Atlantic Owls were consulted about playing in The GEO Group Stadium next year, named after the world’s largest prison-owning corporation. I also doubt I need to illustrate the percentage of the Owls roster who are Black, or the percentage of The GEO Group’s “roster” are Black.

People Are Changed

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Kevin J. McCarthy: When the public finally has to choose between educating its youth or building and maintaining another prison, it is my hope that reason and reasonable will start to prevail. The mighty social planners have attempted to stave off that dilemma by transferring state prisoners from one state to another to fill up any beds

Strategizing to Defeat Solitary Confinement

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Angola3News: Being sent to a control unit prison is tantamount to torture. Prisoners are held under conditions that today are not considered ‘humane’ even for animals. They are an extreme abuse of state power.

Cardinal Mahony: A Tainted Vote

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Carl Matthes: I can only hope that Mahony was better trained at leading souls to salvation than he was at saving children from the abusive actions of some of his priests.

Killing Civilians Without Due Process

Tom Hall: It is not the drones actively killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan that threaten us, but rather the drones lounging in front of TVs on the homefront as our rights and freedoms slip further away.

Welcome to the Golden Age of Arms Dealing

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Tina Dupuy: Any talk of gun safety needs to include tort restoration. Give us back our right to take manufacturers who neglect to make their products safer to court. Give us back our right to hold dealers accountable when they turn a blind eye to selling to straw purchasers and the mentally ill.

Shut Down the Merchants of Death

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Peter DrDonald Cohen and Peter Dreier: To encourage America’s gun manufacturers to act responsibly, unions, religious organizations, major pension funds and government agencies should withdraw their investments and business dealings from gun manufacturers that make the deadly assault weapons that kill the innocent.eier and Donald Cohen

On Gun Control: Follow the Money

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Karen Finney: Increased fear increases sales. It also increases dollars coming into the coffers of the NRA — perhaps LaPierre’s message was never intended to be “mainstream” or target the 80 percent of gun owners and 90 percent of Americans who support a background check.

Reducing Gun Violence: It’s Complicated

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Lydia Howell: Sandy Hook penetrated our national numbness to gun violence but, we could get stuck in stubborn circular arguments like Roe. V. Wade opponents make, deliberately distracting from real issues.

Scalia’s Dead Constitution

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Brent Budowsky: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has reiterated his opinion that the Constitution is not a living document that should reflect the lessons of history but is, instead, a stale document that is (in his words) “dead, dead, dead.”

Violence Begets Violence in America

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David Love: So, what do you make of a country where a third grader brings a gun to school to ward off bullies?

Fatal Distraction: Manhood, Guns, and Violence

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Allan Johnson: Our culture rarely focuses on the connection between men and violence. Quite simply because men won’t like it if you do. We are a nation tiptoeing around men’s anger, men’s ridicule, men’s potential to withhold resources (such as funding for battered women’s shelters and sexual assault programs)

How Academia Continues to Betray Aaron Swartz

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Michael Eisen: It is a tragic irony that the only reason Swartz had to break the law to fulfill his quest to liberate human knowledge was that the same academic community that rose up to support his cause after he died had routinely betrayed it while he was alive.

Gun Nuts Making Case for Gun Control

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Julie Driscoll: Those of us who, like Supreme Court Justice Scalia, believe that there are limits to 2nd Amendment rights are becoming increasingly sickened by the mantra that somehow denying people the right to own assault weapons and high capacity clips is trampling on 2nd Amendment rights.

NRA: Neocons Rule America

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Carl Matthes: In a commercial, the NRA recently put the President’s daughters “in the crosshairs.” They have removed any pretense of being a good-faith partner in solving America’s most frightening and heart-wrenching problem.

The Tragedy We Know Obama’s Gun Control Moves Will Accomplish

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Bruce Reilly: School police have been key builders of the School to Prison Pipeline. Fistfights and the joint in the bathroom no longer result in detention or suspension anymore: now they are imprisonment, expulsion, and an often insurmountable mountain to climb towards any “normal” adult lifestyle.

The “Gun Wage”

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Joseph Palermo: Like the old Jim Crow “race wage” the “gun wage” allows lower middle-class white men to feel a little less besieged by immigrants, feminists, blacks and Others.

Gun Nuts

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Tom Hall: The NRA isn’t about protecting people or constitutional rights, but rather about driving sales for an industry of sociopaths selling to a market of wannabe psychopaths, with absolutely no regard to the costs to real people,

A Sea Change in the Firearms Debate

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Tina Dupuy: The NRA wants to advocate for the absolute unchecked rights of gun manufacturers as they march over to the fringe. Goliaths fall.

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