Does California’s Gang Database Unfairly Label Young Black and Brown Men?

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Dan Bluemel: Transparency and accountability are lacking in California’s gang member database, according to a recent report written by the Youth Justice Coalition.

Rest in Power, Marvin Miller

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Dave Zirin: Mr. Miller never played the game, but he may have had more influence on baseball than anyone else in this half of the century.

Texans Love Their Guns

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The accounts of what happened minutes before 15-year-old Brownsville, Texas student, Jaime Gonzalez, was shot by police after brandishing a pellet gun “closely resembling” the real thing are murky, as “authorities declined to share what the boy said before being shot.”  Those details will emerge.  What might also emerge is what drove this young man, a drum major in the [...]

It’s Still “Magic” 20 Years Later

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Anthony Samad: Few have followed his lead on inner city investment, but many have followed his lead in living two decades with HIV.

Can’t Wait to Hear What He Had in His Hand This Time

Reginald Doucet, Jr

Anthony Samad: The LAPD shot and killed another Black man. Why weren’t two trained law enforcement officers able to subdue an unarmed, naked man? I’d like to know how this happened. I just wanna know what he had in his hand that would justify the use of lethal force.

Crossing the Line, In a Big Way

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On Monday, I flew from Oakland to begin my Thanksgiving vacation. It was a remarkably slow day for the start of Thanksgiving Week. Having not flown since last year, I wasn’t current on a couple of the new regulations, despite my best efforts to research them on the web. The TSA website doesn’t make it [...]

Survey Results: Go Left, Young Man!

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: After riding a euphoric crest of progressive support into the White House last year, President Barack Obama faces a very different challenge going into 2010: Regaining the trust and support of his own political base.

End of the Era of the Dicks

Steve Ybarra: This year at age 62, a newborn child entered my life. Now, I may not be around for the blue moon next decade or to watch him get married, have children, graduate from law school, medical school or to become an auto mechanic, but I will resolve this – he will grow up in an America that will not be a country run by Dicks – if I have anything to say about it.

Discrimination: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Leopold Allen and Alessandra Ferri

I don’t know if you have to experience discrimination first hand in order to be able to see it, but I do know that I learned a lot standing on that corner with my uncle in a wheelchair 20 years ago. For that reason, I have hope that maybe the Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration will do what it has often failed to do in the past – provide a line of defense for this country’s most vulnerable people.

Joe Wilson Shouts “You Lie”

On September 9, 2009 while President Barack Obama was addressing congress, Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, “you lie” as the president discussed what was in or not in the healthcare reform bill. Wilson’s outburst can be heard in the video below. Joe Wilson, a congressional representative from the state of South Carolina, is a conservative who [...]

Black, Male, Released from Prison, and Unemployed: A Recipe for Social Estrangement

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Young men who are re-entering society from prison can’t find work. Recent studies on prisoner re-entry suggest that, in California, nearly 400 prisoners, A DAY, are being released into the community, with 70% to 90% of them being unemployed because only 20% of the state’s employers are willing to hire persons with convictions (no matter how long ago).

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 [...]

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