epublicans have lost on Obamacare, gay marriage and immigrant rights, but every night millions of ill-housed Americans can attest to the GOP’s successes at worsening the nation’s affordable housing crisis. Republicans have opposed affordable to housing funding as relentlessly as health care, but with far less publicity and far more success. The GOP’s effort to […]
Randy Shaw: L.A. is suffering from a wave of Ellis Act evictions that local officials have the ability to stop.
Randy Shaw: The media backlash against Rolling Stone will not raise reporting standards. Instead, it will discourage journalists from getting anywhere near a story about campus rape and sexual assault.
Randy Shaw: Ellen Pao’s lawsuit is transformative because every tech company with an HR department will now be on the alert for the sexist double standards that emerged in her trial.
Randy Shaw: The problem is not simply that a big weather story eclipsed a major expose on rising inequality in the United States. Rather, it’s that reports on economic inequality never get the saturation, multi-day coverage customarily granted to storms.
Randy Shaw: It’s not clear how the latest freeway or public transit blockage puts pressure on those in power to reform police practices.
Randy Shaw: After doing what many thought impossible in winning election to the Attorney General as a woman of color, her statewide political strength is clear. Harris either decides to become the state’s next governor, or wins Boxer’s seat hands down.
Randy Shaw: If the GOP presidential candidate could not win the popular vote in 2000 when the Democratic base was unenthusiastic and divided, how can they win against the unified and enthusiastic Democratic Party base behind Hillary Clinton in 2016?
Randy Shaw: Keeping in mind that protests are a means to achieve a goal and not an end in themselves, the campaign for police reform now faces a choice between two visions for its future: it can follow the path of the Occupy movement of 2011 or the route immigrant rights activists chose after the mammoth spring 2006 protests.
Randy Shaw: Based on the massive coverage in the New York Times and the volume of tweets from journalists, one would think that the very fabric of national political debate has been torn asunder.
Randy Shaw: As occurred in the latter stages of the Occupy Movement, the focus shifts from the underlying crisis to a particular city’s police response to those protesting about the crisis. That’s called taking your eyes off the prize.
Randy Shaw: People need to “do something” after another racially charged police killing, and the killer’s exoneration. But it is hard to see how local protests absent a specific target or achievable goal advance the larger agenda of reducing police violence against blacks.
Randy Shaw: This first step toward broader immigrant justice came after comprehensive immigration reform repeatedly failed in Congress, and after the president kept his core political base waiting far too long for action.