RJ Eskow: It’s easy to condemn the Eric Holder of today. It’s harder to understand, and sadder to contemplate, whatever became of someone who was once so young and idealistic.
Peter Laarman: What is deeply dispiriting, however, is the number of people in political leadership and in the commentariat who mouth the exact same memes: 99% of police officers are great public servants, blah blah blah.
Seth Abramson: Speaking as a long-time criminal attorney, what I heard discussed on July 7th, 2016 during FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress in no way resembles the criminal justice system I worked in as a public defender between 2000 and 2007.
David A. Love: Apparently, it matters little even as Black people do the right thing, stay calm and comply with the authorities, when the police already have anticipated and planned their killing.
Ellen Brown: The big money behind the recent push for legalization has come, not from a grassroots movement, but from a few very wealthy individuals with links to Big Ag and Big Pharma.
Ernest Canning: The scourge of gun-related mass murder in this country cannot be resolved by either counterterrorism or by the expansion of gun ownership.
Robert Koehler: The right to bear arms, especially as it has come to be interpreted — the right to own an assault rifle, the right to carry a gun pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the right to kill your enemy — is something far, far more than an isolated, individual freedom.
John Peeler: An indictment would have ended her campaign, but this outcome threatens to put a big enough hole in her hull to sink her in the course of the campaign.
Ellen Brown: TThe greatest threat to health posed by marijuana seems to come from its criminalization. Today over 50 percent of inmates in federal prison are there for drug offenses, and marijuana tops the list.
Janet Phelan: One might come away with the impression that the US simply views its elders as bank accounts to be harvested, without any human qualities whatsoever
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Most shooters, death squad leaders, mass murders, exterminators have no ideology, no political theory, no spirituality.
Laura Finley: Biden’s heartfelt note of solidarity moved me to tears, and his continued advocacy for ending rape culture represents some of the best of Washington, D.C.
Paul Haeder: We put people in jail for panhandling, for camping in city parks, for drinking shitty booze in public, for defecating and urinating, and these elites from Stanford and the other suspect 200 law schools, make careers and send their white kids to those elite schools to play lacrosse and do laps in the Olympic pool.