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.
Dale Gronemeier: LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office prosecuting Richards for “felony lynching” turns upside down a law enacted to thwart the heinous brutalization of Blacks who were too uppity during America’s Jim Crow era and were seized by White mobs for the purpose of hanging them.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Like the persecution of Ida B. Wells, Jasmine’s conviction brutally exemplifies how state violence is used to preserve the imperial immunity of law enforcement.
Tom Hastings: I believe in regulating those things that prove they harm others. No one should be free to harm others—that is not freedom, it is unwarranted arrogated license. The freedom of your hands stops where my nose begins, as they say.
Alonzo Hunt: It is well documented that Jasmine has been targeted and harassed by Pasadena police because she was doing work that threatened the very structure of this decadent, exploitative society.
Daisy Vieyra: SB 1286 would have shined light on how departments handle confirmed instances of officer misconduct and serious uses of force.
Arica L. Coleman: To add insult to injury, he once again abused his power by hopping upon his pseudo moral high horse and denigrating the black underclass openly for all of white America to see. Grieve for Cosby? I don’t think so.
Robert Koehler: The current system acknowledges only the state’s interest when a crime occurs, and that “interest” is a sheer, bureaucratic abstraction, a predetermined doling out of tit for tat. However, a community’s interest is real and vital.
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli: Established in the heyday of the war on drugs—a.k.a. the war on low-income people of color—asset forfeiture laws were supposed to target drug “kingpins” by confiscating their cash and property. Asset Forfeiture Takes Wealth