Steven Hill: The most encouraging option for voting-rights advocates to pursue is automatic voter registration (sometimes known as universal voter registration).
John Peeler: Scalia, Roberts and their colleagues probably think they’ve struck a death blow to the Voting Rights Act, without actually ruling it unconstitutional. Time to prove them wrong.
RJ Eskow: This decision caps the Court’s clean sweep on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce and is part of a concerted effort to seize democracy on behalf of moneyed interests.
Norman Solomon: So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber — and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable.
Dan Bluemel: Though nowhere near as pervasive as the federal government’s data-collection, the Coalition argues the LAPD is doing its part to mimic the work of its “big brother,” the National Security Agency.
Walter Brasch: Americans who have been paying attention should also know that electronic spying—it sounds better when the government says it’s data mining to prevent terrorism—has been going on at least a decade.
Patty Bellasalma: California NOW is waging a very public campaign to call on Gov Brown to remove the provision in the budget bill that eliminates domestic violence enforcement.
David Love: It is tricky business for a black man to long for the good old days, when those same Founders would have relegated you to someone’s backyard, and in chains no less.
Dick Price: As a result of the Federal budget sequestration, the local Federal Public Defender’s Office serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties faces furloughs this fall similar to ones already affecting other offices around the country
Anthony Samad: In the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman is poised to beat the system. Because everybody and everything will be on trial, except George Zimmerman.
Tina Dupuy: Having no privacy and arbitrary puritanical laws is a recipe for a theocracy. We have no confidentiality yet petty prudes wield legal authority in the government.
Ted Vaill: It is ironic that we cannot adequately protect against deranged U.S. citizens and residents from buying assault weapons and shooting up our schools and malls, but the NSA and its operatives are being allowed potentially to conduct the most intrusive inroads into the privacy of all U. S. citizens and residents. Why is this?
Selena Teji: Nationally, African Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate.