Truth That Comes From Trayvon’s Murder

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*+-Tom Hall: Complacency kills. There was a time when the world watched oppressed Americans march in the streets, sit in at auto plants and lunch counters, and face the guns of National Guard troops. Now, comfortably oppressed Americans watch as other people, in Benghazi, and Tahrir Square, and Tiananmen Square, remind us of the spirit we have lost.

Zimmerman Verdict Does Not Alter Truth

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*+-Tom Hall: I know that George is legally innocent.  I also know that he stalked an unarmed boy who was carrying junk food in a bag, and that he shot that boy before the boy could even drop the bag.  I know that the vote of six white women in Florida will never alter that truth.

Openly Racist Supreme Court Majority Does Historic Worst

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*+-Tom Hall: Just as it is now possible to show that the slavery deniers misrepresented the causes of the Civil War, it is equally possible to show that John Roberts misrepresents the changes since 1965. First and foremost, Roberts simply lied about the data.

A Coming Summer of Discontent

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*+-Tom Hall: As people learn that five Tea Bag Republican ‘justices’ on the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled that there is no place for civil rights in our Courts, how hard is it to imagine that the intended victims of these rulings will express their frustrations in the streets?

Time Again to Invest in War Bonds

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*+-Tom Hall: Wouldn’t it be great if this latest Pentagon boondoggle to shovel more taxpayer dollars out the door for worthless crap brought together progressives and tea baggers in opposition to real government waste?

Graduation Day: When Foster Care Works

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*+-Tom Hall: Every day in Los Angeles, parents and foster parents and social workers and teachers strive so that Anton and Joseph and Marlon and Eric and Laquisha and Ronette can have lives beyond the bigotry, beyond the fear, beyond poverty.

“No Brainer” Conspiracy Theories

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*+-Tom Hall: Sometimes, conspiracy theories implode on themselves. Our freedoms are preserved by the 2nd Amendment solution of shooting first and checking facts later. This theory worked for the looney putz who shot Trayvon Martin – just see how free he’s been since ‘defending his rights.’

Will Roberts Court Light a Fire in Gutting the Voting Rights Act?

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*+-Tom Hall: The Roberts Court’s formal gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will be announced later this spring, after the weather has warmed up, after the school year has ended. After young black men in cities around the nation will join their fathers, standing on line to apply for jobs they won’t be given.

Killing Civilians Without Due Process

*+-Tom Hall: It is not the drones actively killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan that threaten us, but rather the drones lounging in front of TVs on the homefront as our rights and freedoms slip further away.

Tea Baggers Declare Jihad on Women in Combat

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*+-TOM HALL: The parallels between the Tea Bagger’s arguments and Moslem fundamentalist arguments were striking. But equally disturbing were the more sane-sounding claims by pseudo- intellectual voices.

Gun Nuts

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*+-Tom Hall: The NRA isn’t about protecting people or constitutional rights, but rather about driving sales for an industry of sociopaths selling to a market of wannabe psychopaths, with absolutely no regard to the costs to real people,

Gun Silence

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*+-Tom Hall: The earnest M.C. at Saturday’s benefit concert suggested that we all pause for a minute of silence in honor of the recent tragedy in Connecticut. Seated in the audience, I wanted to scream out “NO. No more silence.”

A Broken Media and Gun Violence

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*+-Tom Hall: Is there anything “free” about a ‘free press’ that is controlled so as to eliminate serious discussion about an industry that leads to the death of tens of thousands of people every year?