Is the Voting Rights Act Passe?

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-+*Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Everyone is the same the moment we cast our ballot. However, that equality depends on equal access to the ballot, something which regrettably is not automatic and that must be actively protected.

Weapons of War: How Radical Are You?

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-+*Wilson Riles: It is the frame of mind that exists all over the political landscape that says guns can be an instrument of offensive political action and that there are humans whom it is OK to kill. It is that which we must eliminate. That is the radicalism that is too far.

Expecting Black Men to Play in Stadium Named After Prison

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-+*Bruce Reilly: I highly doubt any of the 99 players of the Florida Atlantic Owls were consulted about playing in The GEO Group Stadium next year, named after the world’s largest prison-owning corporation. I also doubt I need to illustrate the percentage of the Owls roster who are Black, or the percentage of The GEO Group’s “roster” are Black.

People Are Changed

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-+*Kevin J. McCarthy: When the public finally has to choose between educating its youth or building and maintaining another prison, it is my hope that reason and reasonable will start to prevail. The mighty social planners have attempted to stave off that dilemma by transferring state prisoners from one state to another to fill up any beds

Strategizing to Defeat Solitary Confinement

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-+*Angola3News: Being sent to a control unit prison is tantamount to torture. Prisoners are held under conditions that today are not considered ‘humane’ even for animals. They are an extreme abuse of state power.

Cardinal Mahony: A Tainted Vote

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-+*Carl Matthes: I can only hope that Mahony was better trained at leading souls to salvation than he was at saving children from the abusive actions of some of his priests.

Killing Civilians Without Due Process

-+*Tom Hall: It is not the drones actively killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan that threaten us, but rather the drones lounging in front of TVs on the homefront as our rights and freedoms slip further away.

Welcome to the Golden Age of Arms Dealing

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-+*Tina Dupuy: Any talk of gun safety needs to include tort restoration. Give us back our right to take manufacturers who neglect to make their products safer to court. Give us back our right to hold dealers accountable when they turn a blind eye to selling to straw purchasers and the mentally ill.

Shut Down the Merchants of Death

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-+*Peter DrDonald Cohen and Peter Dreier: To encourage America’s gun manufacturers to act responsibly, unions, religious organizations, major pension funds and government agencies should withdraw their investments and business dealings from gun manufacturers that make the deadly assault weapons that kill the innocent.eier and Donald Cohen

On Gun Control: Follow the Money

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-+*Karen Finney: Increased fear increases sales. It also increases dollars coming into the coffers of the NRA — perhaps LaPierre’s message was never intended to be “mainstream” or target the 80 percent of gun owners and 90 percent of Americans who support a background check.

Reducing Gun Violence: It’s Complicated

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-+*Lydia Howell: Sandy Hook penetrated our national numbness to gun violence but, we could get stuck in stubborn circular arguments like Roe. V. Wade opponents make, deliberately distracting from real issues.

Scalia’s Dead Constitution

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-+*Brent Budowsky: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has reiterated his opinion that the Constitution is not a living document that should reflect the lessons of history but is, instead, a stale document that is (in his words) “dead, dead, dead.”