Transformative Justice and Mass Incarceration: Can Faith Communities Help Create a New Frame?

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Rev. Peter Laarman: A safe society is first and foremost a just society. In that respect we have an awfully long way to go. Let’s not waste any more time.

Black Comedians, Dresses and Kevin Hart on SNL: Maybe Dave Chappelle Was On To Something…

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Anthony Samad: So, Kevin’s funny, SNL’s funny and has great writers that come up with unique material, should be a great show, right? Well, it was except for one skit, that put Kevin Hart in a dress…my night was ruined.

REAL EYEZ Book Signing at Eso Won Wednesday Night

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Antony Samad: The book is an examination of American Institutions (Race, Religion, Education and Politics) and the cultural shifts taking place in our society (national identity, racism, sport, social stigmatism, sex, redemption, counter-culturalism, popular acceptance and tragedy)

Black Like Me at Cornell Law School

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Lauren Nile: I wish America’s Caucasian population could experience American society as African-Americans experience it for 24 hours.

Romney Revealed – Race and Rampant Stereotypes

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Lauren Nile: Mitt Romney’s speach at the NAACP Convention this week revealed his unconscious racism of low expectations

White People, Chris Rock, and the Long End of the Stick

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Sharon Kyle: Chris Rock’s reminder that slaves weren’t independent on Independence Day was only a big deal because he mentioned “white people”

Occupy Wall Street: American as Apple Pie

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Those loud right-wing voices in our political discourse that are trying to make Occupy Wall Street look like something “foreign” to American culture are barking up the wrong tree. When David Crosby and Graham Nash recently showed up at Zuccotti Park for an impromptu sing-along with the protesters they linked OWS with the long American tradition of resistance to [...]

The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

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Robert Reich: The Court thinks corporations have First Amendment rights to spend as much as they want on politics, and Romney (and most of his fellow Regressives) think they need lower taxes and fewer regulations in order to be competitive. These positions are absurd on their face.

Breaking Silence on New Face of Employment Discrimination

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Jasmyne Cannick: Why it’s going to take more than a college degree and a clean criminal record for Shameicka to get a job today.

Teenaged Nightmare: Violent Masculinity and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Anti-feminist messages that a girl or woman is “nothing” without a man still pervade mainstream American culture with particularly insidious effect on teen girls of color.

American Exceptionalism

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Steve Hochstadt: American exceptionalism is dangerous. The desire to proclaim superiority leads to stupidity, such as Perry’s claim in “Fed Up” that the US has “the best health care system in the world.”

Immigration Lawyers Clarify DHS’s Prosecutorial Discretion Announcement

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Seth Hoy: To protect immigrants who might be taken advantage of by immigration consultants, the American Immigration Lawyers Association recently issued a consumer advisory outlining what DHS’s announcement is and is not.

Immigration Top Issue for Latino Voters

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Seth Hoy: According to a poll released this week, “U.S. immigration policy” beat out “economy and jobs” as the issue most important for Hispanic voters.

The Last Dance: Prom Night in America

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Walter Brasch: Our children, who are still a part of the extended “Me First Generation,” are spending on a social event that, for some, may be a prelude to a $35,000 wedding in a year or two.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leaving the U.S.

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Michele Waslin: Immigrants can start new businesses here, but they’re doing it somewhere else in recent years due to our complicated and dysfunctional immigration system.

State of the Union

Brent Budowsky: In his films that rallied America against fascism, Capra did not glorify profiteers. He honored those wearing the uniform. He inspired the nation that stood behind them with the American belief that we are in this together in the cause of a great and exceptional country.

Balancing Family Immigration with Our Economic Needs

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Michele Waslin: Portraying immigration reform as a choice between employment-based and family-based immigration is, in fact, a false choice.

Overturning Prop 8: No Matter how You Feel About Gay Marriage, The Gay Marriage Ban Was Always a Constitutional Question

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Anthony Samad: Regardless of what you feel about the politics of sex-same marriage, the reality is that the gay marriage ban was always a constitutional question. We just never had a constitutional answer for gay marriage, before now.

Where to Go from Here on Voter-Owned Elections

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Wayne Williams: With Voter Owned, Auditable, Transparent and Verifiable Elections, voters will come out in larger numbers as they have more confidence in their government. More viable candidates of all races and genders will run for office, and most likely the cost of elections will go down because the public will be more educated, involved and aware.

John Wooden: Understanding Race Equality and Character Through Sports

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Anthony Samad: Coach John Wooden made players of various races and belief systems play together and forget about race and religion for forty minutes a game. The politics of race was well-known and well documented in college sports. While not as much of an issue today, in 1963, not many NCAA Division I schools had black players on their teams. Those that had one, only had one (or two). If they had one, the black player, in most instances, had to be the best player on the team—and could play.

Missionaries Doing What Missionaries Always Did

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David A. Love: When I heard that ten American missionaries are on trial for kidnapping 33 Haitian children and attempting to take them to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, I, like most other people, was outraged. But I can’t say I was surprised.

Kicking Down Doors, Stomping on Rights: New Report Reveals Disturbing Details of ICE Raids

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The researchers also found that the ICE home raids had a negative impact on the local police departments and their ability to do community policing.

Michael Jackson: The BADDEST Entertainer of Our Generation

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Our hearts have been heavy for about over a week now since the news broke that pop star Michael Jackson died suddenly from a heart attack (of some sort). Everything, and when I say everything – I mean EVERYTHING, has been bumped from the news cycle. Not just the 24-hour news cycle, or even the [...]

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