Brent Budowsky: Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have given a pass to some of those who misused justice during the Bush years. The president should now move forcefully and promptly to fill judicial vacancies and pardon any who were unfairly treated.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)