Juvenile In/Justice and Proposition 6

It’s called the “Safe Neighborhoods Act.” Who could object to that? But Proposition 6 will require that more kids be tried as adults. It will classify more kids as gang-related felons, even if they are not gang members. For many, it will take away the possibility of early parole based on education, training, and good [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Issues a Stay of Execution for Troy Anthony Davis

Troy Anthony Davis

Troy Anthony Davis was granted a last-minute reprieve today, September 23, 2008, according to a report by Rusy Domin of CNN International. This morning, before going to work, Dick and I joined hands in prayer for the life of Troy Anthony Davis. He was scheduled to be executed tonight at 7:00pm ET in Georgia for [...]

Getting Our Feet Wet With Fundraising

In our ongoing immersion into all things political, we held the first fundraiser in our home last Saturday. We’re not exactly social butterflies, so the idea of having dozens of folks over for Stella, Brie, and polite conversation is more than a bit daunting.

Crime and Drugs in the United States

he United States imprisons almost one in one hundred American adults—a higher number and percentage of its population than any other country. This has been especially devastating for minorities— with one in nine black men ages 20 to 34 behind bars.  Many of these people remain in a continual pattern of crime. Are we a [...]

Sandra Day O’Connor and GOP Dreams

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Imagine these series of events, not necessarily in chronological order: The President of the United States, to great international applause, signs the Kyoto Accord, the international treaty that agrees to limit carbon emissions. India and China follow suit. Quickly, legislation is introduced and passed in Congress to increase CAFÉ standards, and hybrid cars become affordable. [...]

Baton Bashed in Denver! Is This Really What Democracy Looks Like?

by Linda Milazzo – There are characteristics essential to being a member of the peace and social justice organization, CODEPINK. Chief among them is compassion. One can hardly dedicate one’s life to improving the lives of others if there isn’t an abiding drive to help those in need. Thus, it was no surprise to those [...]

Impeach on January 19th

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Many people are saying it is too late for impeachment. “Bush will be out of office shortly anyway.” “Congress could never impeach and remove him before he is gone.” “We have to focus on the election.” “There are only a few weeks of Congress in session before they quit for the year.” It does not [...]

CNN Anchor Slams Impeachment As Kabuki Theatre

In Studio Anchor

Those familiar with cable news television understand that several programs – even entire networks – broadcast from a particular bias. Keith Olbermann’s COUNTDOWN on MSNBC is left leaning, as is Dan Abrams’ VERDICT. Olbermann has become famous for his highly crafted “Special Comments” which take aim at conservatives from George W. Bush to Rudolf Giuliani. [...]

A Condolence Letter in Four Parts

Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington

Dear Founding Fathers: We extend our deepest condolences, on the passing of our young and formerly healthy democratic nation, the United States of America. You fought so hard to construct a failsafe and immune Constitution, one that could not only stand the test of time, but could also survive a short-term virulent attack of an [...]

Wiretap Me Baby

Inspector Bush

Psst! Hey you! Warrantless-Wiretapper: Let me save you some time and money eavesdropping on me. Here’s the content of most of my calls: I talk to my friends a lot, mostly about the same things over and over. We feel fat. We wonder how to get skinnier, younger and less broke. We want hot, smart, [...]

Senator Cox Speaks Of Crime and Government

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In his latest constituent newsletter, California State Senator Dave Cox confuses coincidence with causation by connecting imprisonment with lower crime rates. He also rejects the notion that California imprisons too many, saying: “California’s incarceration rate [is] very ordinary with at least 20 other states reporting more inmates per 100,000 residents.”

Rove Ignores Subpoena, Refuses to Testify; Ready to Gamble?

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By Donna Perdue – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he’s doing this. I mean, after all, the Bush presidency, for the past 8 years, has been full of “create-it-as-we-go” government antics. This presidency has foolishly deceived the American people in ways I once thought only capable of the corrupt governments in the emerging [...]

The Death Penalty

Robert Silver

Many and varied are the reasons to end, or at the very least, severely limit the death penalty. We argue its immorality, its discriminatory application, its violation of the cruel and unusual prohibitions in our Constitution. We argue that we are virtually the only nation borne of Western culture that still employs it; it is [...]

Indicting Bush in Venice

George "Smirking Monkey" Bush

Where else but Venice, California, would you go to hear an outraged crank argue for indicting the sitting president of the United States for murder in a gymnasium packed to the gills with wild-eyed radicals cheering his every charge? Which is exactly what we did this past Wednesday, except the crank was no crank, but [...]

Momentum Building For Bugliosi’s Case Against George W. Bush For Murder

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For Vincent Bugliosi, one of America ‘s foremost prosecutors and authors, George W. Bush’s purposeful crime of misleading America into war is a vile, despicable and prosecutable act. It angers Bugliosi deeply. So much so that he’s written a new book, The Prosecution Of George W. Bush For Murder. To be clear, this is not [...]

The Great Writ Preserved

William Watkins

In Boumediene v. Bush, the Supreme Court gave the Bush administration a black eye in its controversial war-on-terrorism policies. The Court held that the Guantanamo detainees have a right to pursue habeas corpus challenges to their detention. The alternative procedures to habeas review crafted by the government under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, the [...]

A Call to Heroes: My “Sit-Down” with Vince Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi

There are adjectives that come to mind when describing famed former prosecutor and renowned author, Vincent Bugliosi, who for 40 years has set the standard for prosecutorial skill in America. Some are intrepid, brave, independent, brilliant, driven, indomitable, respected, focused, relentless, and confident. Each fits perfectly well.

An Inconvenient Impeachment

Dennis Kucinich

There he goes again, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, reading into the Congressional record just 35 of the reasons why this Congress should be impeaching this sitting president and his VP. With diminutive stature but steely resolve, Kucinich forcefully takes his place alongside the earlier patriots who stood up to executive abuse, the “high crimes and misdemeanors,” [...]

The Rise of the Republican One Percenters: Corporatism/Corruption/Coup

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In January, 1998, a group of Neocons (New old cons, some of them pardoned convicted felons) struck their final draft of their neo constitution, a ninety-one page white paper, The Project for the New American Century. The plan calls for the United States to dominate the world. The single most troublesome problem the Neocons felt [...]

Semi Final Results – LA County Superior Court

Candidate Votes JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 3 DANIEL P RAMIREZ………………….381,923 JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 4 RALPH W DAU…………………………..308,358 SYDNEE R SINGER…………………….159,657 JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 35 JUAN C DOMINGUEZ………………..365,981

Should We Judge the Judges?

Judging the Judges

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Californians will go to the polls. Many will struggle over which candidates to select for the Superior Court Judge offices. Two weeks ago, I posted an article, “Judging the Judges.” In it, I said I’d get back to you before June 3rd.

Judging the Judges

Cynthia Loo

When the time comes to vote in judicial races, I’m usually frustrated. This sense of frustration is driven by my lack of knowledge about the candidates and difficulty associated with getting enough information to make an informed decision. A few years ago, when I was relatively new to the Northeast Democratic Club, I attended a [...]

The Right vs The Right to Die

A decade ago, after the people of Oregon had passed the Death with Dignity Act, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in declaring it constitutional wrote that people have a right to the option of physician assistance to shorten a “protracted” and/or “agonizing” death. Among the many safeguards of this law are the following: 1.Patient [...]

The Bill of Wrongs Bought by the Right

Bill of Rights Cartoon

The Congress of the United States began in the City of New York on March 4, 1789, and in order to prevent an abuse of its powers, created the Bill of Rights, consisting of the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution. This was done to extend public confidence in the Government to best ensure the [...]

Are Progressives Blind to the Prison-Industrial Complex?

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ver the summer, my husband Dick and I attended one of the first meetings of the Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America. Amid the high rises and lofts of the rapidly growing middleclass demographic of LA’s Civic Center, a modest sized group of progressive activists gathered on the patio of the [...]

No on Prop 6: The Runner Initiative

The Runner Initiative harms youth and families, if passed by the voters in November, the Runner Initiative will result in cuts to schools, healthcare, eldercare and other vital services, erode civil rights and civil liberties and hurt working families. It would: • Create a legal presumption that minors as young as 14-years of age will [...]

Battling Gang Violence

Despite decades of governmental and grassroots efforts, a drumbeat of gang-related killings over the past several years, some apparently racially motivated, has driven gang violence to epidemic proportions here in Los Angeles. With gang crime rising 15.7% last year even as other types of serious crime fell, Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa has proposed appointing a gang [...]

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