Kevin Zeese: For a whistleblower who exposed war crimes and unethical behavior in U.S. foreign policy to be facing a lengthy prison term, while the people exposed by government documents are not even investigated, shows how confused the United States has become.
Norman Solomon: On the surface, many differences protrude between those nine draft-files-burning radical Catholics and Bradley Manning. But I wonder. Ten souls saw cruelties of war and could no longer just watch.
David Love: With the ink on the George Zimmerman ‘not guilty’ verdict barely dry, another state appears ready to consider a Florida-style “Stand Your Ground” law.
Michael Haas: A larger implication of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is that anyone can become a vigilante, commit an unwitnessed crime with impunity, and never have to defend such actions personally in court.
Tom Degan: George Zimmerman is a free man. Marissa Alexander languishes in a prison cell. Do they even have air-conditioning in those jury rooms? You gotta wonder.
Brian Goldstein: In California, there are a number of state criminal justice bills that require support when the legislature returns from recess in early August.
Hector Villagra: We must confront race, admit racism still exists and discuss how it plays out in our society – without being accused of playing the race card or engaging in racial demagoguery.
David Love: Some people are asking, what if the roles were reversed? What if Zimmerman was the shooting victim? Better yet, what if George Zimmerman had been a black man accused of shooting a white teen to death?
Jamala Rogers: What was different is that Zimmerman quickly rose to be the darling of the right-wing, gun-toters. It was a battle between progressive and reactionary forces and we were out-organized. This doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
Danny Murillo: From Pelican Bay to Guantanamo Bay, solitary confinement is the same.
Kate McCracken: In an era of Realignment where we continue to confine individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety solely based on their financial ability to post bail, we need to urge local practitioners to seek out these available resources.
The National Bar Association demands justice for Trayvon Martin says Zimmerman verdict highlights continued injustices in American legal system
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.