Archive for the 'Justice' Category

CLARENCE DITLOW: 1944-2016…

November 12th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writing in The Guardian Angel for America’s Motorists, remembers: America’s motorists are less safe today with the passing of their Guardian Angel—engineer/lawyer Clarence Ditlow, the Director of the Center for Auto Safety. The generating force behind the recalls of millions of defective motor vehicles, Mr. Ditlow pressured the federal auto safety agency and […]

RESISTANCE IS NEVER FUTILE…

October 4th, 2016

Stuart Miller, reporting in Do Not Resist: new film shows how US police have become an occupying army for The Guardian, writes: Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization, Do Not Resist, is filled with unsettling scenes like the one where a Swat team destroys a family’s home during a drug raid that nets small amounts […]

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY…!

September 17th, 2016

On 8 December 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) slipped Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) and a new national holiday into our collective consciousness: Constitution Day. Our Constitution is the single most important document in Human History; read it all. We the People […]

ANOTHER BLACK CHILD IS MURDERED BY POLICE…

September 16th, 2016

The scene above from the Scandal episode The Lawn Chair, aired on 5 March of last year is, of course, fiction. Like all good fiction, however, the writers take us closer to reality than we often like to go, and that is what good writers must do. In the real world we would never see […]

PUT THE ORGANIZED BACK IN LABOR DAY…

September 5th, 2016

To be alive and working in the United States of America in the 1950’s was something of miracle. You were living in the world’s greatest nation and the booming middle class was fueling an economic expansion unlike any the nation had experienced and one in three workers was a member of a union. That number […]

YES, YOU CAN FIGHT RACISM SITTING DOWN…

September 4th, 2016

Rosemary Bunt wrote this week’s guest column for the North Royalton Post on the topic of San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick under the unfortunate headline: You can’t fight racism sitting down. (I’m sure this was a copyeditor’s, and not Bunt’s, choice of words.) I replied: Good morning Ms. Bunt, I would remind you of […]

FAIR WINDS TO THE USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO 206)…

July 29th, 2016

The United States Navy is poised to honor gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk by naming the second ship in the John Lewis class, T-AO 206, the USNS Harvey Milk. According to Sam LaGrone, writing for the U.S. […]

BLUE BLOOD: DANNY REAGAN VS. JAMIE REAGAN…

July 23rd, 2016

As a young second-class petty officer stationed in San Diego (living in Chula Vista, which borders on Mexico) I went south more than a few times. One trip, riding in the back of Bugsy Boatright’s yellow Toyota pickup, took me to Hunan’s in Ensenada. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and in the course of the […]

WHEN NATIONAL TRAGEDY BECOMES BORING…

July 11th, 2016

Just another average boring day in America… Via Mano Singham.

THE SUMMARY EXECUTION BY DRONE IN DALLAS…

July 8th, 2016

[Update: 9 July @ 0700—I have changed the word robot in this piece to drone because that was what was used in the summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson. (I have also added Johnson’s name, as well as the five officers slain, in the text below.] As my friend Mano Singham wisely wrote a few […]

WATCH: WHEN SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT

April 17th, 2016

From Field_Of_Vision, the documentary film division of The Intercept_ comes When Speaking Is Difficult, a documentary by AJ Schnack, that explores the subject of mass shootings in a way only cinema can do. This film is similar to The Guardian’s The Counted, in that documentary is an ever growing work in progress. John Thomason, in […]

WE DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT THE COUNTED…

April 12th, 2016

Jon Swaine, reporting in The Counted so far: you ask, we answer for The Guardian, writes: Guardian US is continuing in 2016 to record every death caused by law enforcement officers—something that no government agency has done, even as unrest has rocked several American cities following controversial fatal encounters with police. This award-winning investigation, titled […]

LOUISIANA’S CHOCOHOLIC PRISON SYSTEM…

April 8th, 2016

JON CONNOR SPEAKS OUT AND RAPS ON FLINT, MI…

March 3rd, 2016

CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY

February 27th, 2016

Unfortunately, a new study identifying stressed cities by zip codes has Cleveland top the list of the largest 100 cities cited by the Economic Innovation Group, a new non-profit research and advocacy group. The report (download the PDF) belies all the happy talk you get from the Cleveland news media. The kind of media that […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

1,052 MASS SHOOTINGS IN 1,066 DAYS;
THIS IS WHAT OUR GUN CRISIS LOOKS LIKE…

December 4th, 2015

Then there are the 1,046 (and counting) dead at the hands of our police so far in 2015 (especially in Kern County, California)… Meanwhile, Republicans lines up to crush gun control efforts…

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

1,000 DEAD AT POLICE HANDS IN 2015…

November 16th, 2015

I’ve been watching the counter roll closer and closer to 1,000 over the past few days. Yes, I realize that numbers 999 and 1001 are no less important, but we have a fascination for round numbers and artificial milestones. Today, The Guardian added the 1,000th death at the hands of police in the United States. […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

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