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.
Jon Zerolnick: Sandra Bland was in fact a model person and citizen. She knew the law and asserted her rights. Without her, Waller County, Texas, and the U.S. are a little worse off.
fter having viewed the police dashcam video of the Waller County State Trooper who stopped Sandra Bland for failing to signal prior to a lane change, my assumptions were confirmed. The Texas State Trooper punished Sandra Bland—much like fired police officer Michael Slager punished Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Both Sandra and Walter […]
Rosemary and Walter Brasch: The Democratic leadership and members of Congress could have said there is a high correlation between the amount of money the NRA pays to legislators and the stranglehold on allowing responsible gun ownership laws to emerge. But they didn’t.
Jonathan Simon: Sadly, the punitive storm that has arisen around the Francisco Sanchez and killing of Kathryn Steinle is a reminder of how powerful the hold of crime panic journalism, and hyperventilating crime warrior politicians like Feinstein remains on our public policy and how slow reform will probably be.
Janet Phelan: Rather than munching on hot dogs and downing a few Budweisers and cooing at the gorgeous pyrotechnics, it might be time instead to hold a wake. And after we have buried Lady Liberty, maybe we can get down to the serious work of figuring out what to do now.
Jessica Farris: So as one of the last few bills left standing, we hope the Senate Public Safety Committee will also hear Californians’ cries for change on Tuesday, July 7th, when they vote on AB 953. We hope the committee will bravely stand up for the bill as well.
Peter Dreier: Unlike their counterparts on the 1967 Warren Court who unanimously ruled for marriage equality in Loving v Virginia, the current GOP appointees to the Supreme Court are locked into their personal and ideological positions. They don’t seem to care about being on the wrong side of history.