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.
Ivan Eland: Taken together, the post-9/11 illegalities by the intelligence community during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations probably constitute the worst constitutional scandal in American history.
Nia-Malika Henderson: Only on the Internet can an 81-year-old Supreme Court justice, share a nickname with the greatest rapper of all time.
Mark Bowen: Perhaps nothing better illustrates what’s wrong with America in the poisoned political climate of the 21st Century than the failure of anybody to appreciate the irony of the Hobby Lobby decision being handed down during the same summer in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Kevin Zeese: The massive intelligence complex, closely intertwined with corporate security and intelligence actions, put the privacy of all Americans at risk.
Scot Nakagawa: While I support legalization as an incremental step in the right direction, I think we are wrong to promote legalization as a means of achieving racial justice.
David Love: If the process by which the death penalty is applied amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, and the death penalty machine cannot provide equity, fairness or a modicum of due process, then the death penalty is no more legitimate than its extrajudicial cousin – lynching.
Walter Brasch: A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?!
Andy Love: The infrequency of executions and the randomness with regard to which condemned inmates actually will be executed have made a mockery of the supposedly rational justifications for the death penalty.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Our protests forced the FCC to listen and include our proposal for the Internet being reclassified as a public utility in their rulemaking. But, to win we need to build a mass movement that cannot be ignored, that balances the influence of big corporations like Comcast and Verizon.
Jasmyne Cannick: This is not a case of self-defense or standing your ground. It’s a case of a man who was upset about being attacked and robbed in his own home and decided to dole out some vigilante justice–the lethal kind.
Randy Jurado Ertll: Just as Pasadena prides itself on hosting Caltech, the Rose Bowl, the Rose Parade and many other outstanding institutions, the mayor and City Council should look into adding a Pasadena Police Commission to its list of community treasures.
Lisa Bloom: Do we want to save the next Trayvon, the next Renisha, or do we want to blame them, as their shooters always try to do, for walking while black?