Charley James: Since the onset of the Great Foreclosure Adventure launched by banks and mortgage companies in 2007 causing the housing market collapse, the financial industry has done a great job of screwing the homeless twice, and without any foreplay or even a kiss.
Vivian Rothstein: By refusing to raise property, we’ve left it to the teachers to volunteer for the sacrifices the rest of us are not willing to make for the welfare of our state’s public school children.
Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?
Joseph Palermo: Even hardcore capitalists are displaying a lack of faith in U.S. economic leadership, compounding the legitimacy crisis that has already engulfed millions of less exalted members of the global community.
Peter Dreier: Riots occur when people are hopeless. Civil disobedience takes place when people are hopeful — when people believe not only that things should be different but also that they can be different.
David Love: Crown Heights was imminently important from a political perspective, as it altered the course of New York’s political history and ended the brief stint that was Black Power in the Big Apple.
Carl Matthes: At David’s funeral, the presiding pastor used the tragedy to actually rebuke homosexuals saying that “they would go to hell.” Incited sympathizers stormed the pulpit and grabbed his microphone.
Robert Haw: Climate change is fact. It will bring us great misery if fossil fuel use continues unabated. Perhaps a better name for the phenomena unfolding around us is climate chaos, because “a climate” (as we define it) will no longer exist.
Treva Brandon Scharf: I use these parks and trails for exercise, for social time with friends, for activities with out-of-towners, for romantic outings, and for the spiritual benefits I get from communing with nature.
Dan Bacher: Want to have some fun and challenge corporate agribusiness at the same time? Then attend a mock reception outside the home of famous (infamous) Delta water diverters, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, hosted by the No on Proposition 1 campaign.
Natasha Minsker: California had the chance to be a leader in requiring police to get a warrant to use surveillance technology. But Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have done just that for police drones.