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.
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.