Chauncee Smith: One of the most meaningful proposals left, AB 953: The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, would combat racial profiling and help address the disproportionate rates at which people of color are being killed by police.
Janet Phelan: The proponents of assisted suicide are persistent and, if George Soros’s support for the California bill is any indication, they are heavily funded.
Shawnte Passmore: “This is not the Daryl Gates era where you can do whatever you want and not be held accountable. Chief Charlie Beck has a city watching everything he does. When someone is killed, the community wants answers.”
Mark Naison: Is it in the national interest to conduct public policy in a way that renders a high proportion of young men of color unemployable?
Rosemary Jenkins: For many, the sad reality is that too often the police are not called in to intervene until it is too late—until someone has been brutalized or murdered, leaving the children to bear life-long scars.
Norman Solomon: Julian Assange has effectively insisted that another media world is possible and the corporate warfare state is unacceptable. Not coincidentally, the U.S. government wants to capture Assange and put him away, incommunicado, in a prison cell.
Tina Dupuy: I grew up in the foster care system so I’m very skeptical when people profess they care about the welfare of children, but not actual Welfare.
Hannah Laqueur: decriminalization was not the libertarian panacea some advocates have implied. It was a formal shift from one arena of government to another — from criminal punishment to treatment.
Rosemary Jenkins: Next Tuesday will be another Council meeting which not only will hear the amendment but will vote on another measure that involves safety and protection: proper and safe storage of firearms.
Hector Villagra: How do we reconcile local prosecutors giving police officers the benefit of every real or imagined mitigating circumstance while civilians are routinely overcharged with crimes carrying the most severe penalties?
Tina Dupuy: Sure, governor, you’re all for religious freedom you agree with. That’s not freedom. That’s selective religious intolerance. That’s cherry-picking which faiths you support and which faiths you want to see in jail.
Larry Wines: What about the nutjobs with guns who have no restraints to coming after everyone else in this sick society that’s awash in guns, awash in bullshit that says gun ownership is THE only right that matters?
Sikivu Hutchinson: Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.