Mark Naison: Is it in the national interest to conduct public policy in a way that renders a high proportion of young men of color unemployable?
Rosemary Jenkins: For many, the sad reality is that too often the police are not called in to intervene until it is too late—until someone has been brutalized or murdered, leaving the children to bear life-long scars.
Norman Solomon: Julian Assange has effectively insisted that another media world is possible and the corporate warfare state is unacceptable. Not coincidentally, the U.S. government wants to capture Assange and put him away, incommunicado, in a prison cell.
Tina Dupuy: I grew up in the foster care system so I’m very skeptical when people profess they care about the welfare of children, but not actual Welfare.
Hannah Laqueur: decriminalization was not the libertarian panacea some advocates have implied. It was a formal shift from one arena of government to another — from criminal punishment to treatment.
Rosemary Jenkins: Next Tuesday will be another Council meeting which not only will hear the amendment but will vote on another measure that involves safety and protection: proper and safe storage of firearms.
Hector Villagra: How do we reconcile local prosecutors giving police officers the benefit of every real or imagined mitigating circumstance while civilians are routinely overcharged with crimes carrying the most severe penalties?
Tina Dupuy: Sure, governor, you’re all for religious freedom you agree with. That’s not freedom. That’s selective religious intolerance. That’s cherry-picking which faiths you support and which faiths you want to see in jail.
Larry Wines: What about the nutjobs with guns who have no restraints to coming after everyone else in this sick society that’s awash in guns, awash in bullshit that says gun ownership is THE only right that matters?
Sikivu Hutchinson: Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.
Jon Zerolnick: Sandra Bland was in fact a model person and citizen. She knew the law and asserted her rights. Without her, Waller County, Texas, and the U.S. are a little worse off.
fter having viewed the police dashcam video of the Waller County State Trooper who stopped Sandra Bland for failing to signal prior to a lane change, my assumptions were confirmed. The Texas State Trooper punished Sandra Bland—much like fired police officer Michael Slager punished Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Both Sandra and Walter […]
Rosemary and Walter Brasch: The Democratic leadership and members of Congress could have said there is a high correlation between the amount of money the NRA pays to legislators and the stranglehold on allowing responsible gun ownership laws to emerge. But they didn’t.