Walter Moss: Let’s not just complain about our dysfunctional Congress. Let’s demonstrate that ordinary citizens still have a voice that matters in our democracy.
Jamala Rogers: At a time when Detroit needed him the most, Kwame chose the opportunist path by adding to the oppression of black folks and looking out for himself.
Robin Lakoff: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission will do for wealthy individuals what Citizens United did for corporations: allow them to give essentially unlimited amounts of money to political parties and candidates.
Will Matthews: By vetoing S.B. 649, Gov. Brown has thwarted the will of the voters and their elected representatives by rejecting a modest reform that would have helped end mass incarceration in this state.
Thomas P. Moss and Walter G. Moss: Not only would passage of the Justice Safety Valve Act prevent lives and money from being lost down the drain. It would also demonstrate to politicians and average citizens in this time of ideological rigidity that Congress still can, at least occasionally, come together to work for the common good.
Steven Mikulan: McCutcheon, like Citizens United and virtually every other right-wing attempt to return the United States to its Gilded Age of conspicuous inequality, stakes its claim on the First Amendment — it’s all about free speech.
Ahilan Arulanantham: The passage of California’s law against indefinite detention under the NDAA sends a simple message to the federal government: we, the citizens of California, have not forgotten our constitutional rights.
Ted Vaill: Mr. President, there is only one option: Declare the debt ceiling law unconstitutional and order the Secretary of the Treasury to continue to pay all debts of the United States as they become due.
Tina Dupuy: We don’t have to have a country like this. We don’t have to live in a country where a 5-year-old kills his 2-year-old sister with a Crickett rifle made for kids.
Tom Hall: Their effort to demonize Shariah law is part of a larger effort to identify and exploit scapegoats. To them, anything Islamic should be exploited the way that Feminazis, Socialists, Homo Activists, Acorn and the New Black Panthers should be exploited.
Selena Toji: Drug law enforcement should not be predicated on where a person resides. If the U.S. is beginning a process of divestment from the War on Drugs, we must do so consistently and with a critical eye to how policies are implemented locally.
Kate McCraken: It is time for California’s justice system to progress into a 21st century approach that is fair, equitable, and efficient.
Steve Hochstadt: Has he weakened America? Is our society weaker now that we know more about what our government has been doing for years, still is doing, and wants to keep doing?