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.
Randy Shaw: As you look at yesterday’s national results and castigate Democratic-leaning constituencies for a lower turnout than 2012, realize that’s a classic case of blaming the victim.
Randy Shaw: In its essence, Homeland is reclaiming and reviving the same dangerous myth of the “CIA knows best” that has caused misery to millions across the globe.
Randy Shaw: Obama’s latest broken commitment to millions of undocumented immigrants and their supporters is a stab in the back to all activists working for social change.
Randy Shaw: Top viewed news and video traffic are far more likely to involve cats, babies, celebrities or corporate-funded stories than information that helps people make sound policy choices for society or their own lives.
Randy Shaw: As the United States grapples with underfunded schools, rising homelessness, and increased inequality, the U.S. media elite has a solution: a new war. Not a war to reduce U.S. poverty, homelessness, or inequality, but another war to stop terrorism abroad.
Randy Shaw: Hot-spot policing was the key to NYC’s success, yet to this day former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives instead credit the broken windows strategy.
Randy Shaw: Clinton is more popular among all voters because he is a Southern, white “good old boy” to Obama’s urban African American. Clinton was also a far more conservative President than Obama, whose politics have never won favor with “moderate” white voters and a traditional media that was a lap dog for the right-wing George W. Bush.
Randy Shaw: My battle is with the bots and algorithms Amazon uses to price its books. I can’t reason with them, because they are not human. Yes, it’s true. We have a book industry whose dominant market decides prices based entirely on a computer formula.
Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Randy Shaw: By focusing on failures while ignoring successes, the media is working hand in hand with the conservative opponents of effective government.
Randy Shaw: Once upon a time not so long ago, the best minds of the younger generation left college to join nonprofit organizations working to improve communities, nations and the world. Today, the idealistic techie hipster is heading toward tech.