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Stuart Muszynski


When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

Stuart Muszynski | December 17, 2014 | Crime
Lack of values, justice and fairness between police and black Americans is the decades-long backdrop leading up to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and so many others that are part of the "Ferguson Effect" in our country.
Melanie Boyd

The Case for Affirmative Consent (Or, Why You Can Stop Worrying That Your Son Will Go to Prison for Having Sex When He Gets to College)

Melanie Boyd | December 17, 2014 | College
Why should not sex premised on mutuality, respect and joint agreement -- rather than sex premised on pressure, intimidation, and acquiescence -- be an administratively-endorsed, and administratively-enforced standard?
Michael Roth


Why They Attack Schools

Michael Roth | December 16, 2014 | College
Why are schools and universities the scenes of such violence? Is it because schools, with all their problems, remain for us places of hope and optimism?
Robert E. Johnson


Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | December 17, 2014 | Black Voices
As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?
Rebecca Kukla


Eric Garner and the Value of Black Obese Bodies

Rebecca Kukla | December 16, 2014 | Politics
The imagery of the giant, brutish, King-Kong-like black man threatening our cities is far from new. Currently it seems to be intersecting dangerously with another popular rhetorical image: the obese person who is responsible for his own frail, unworthy body. This intersection was especially on display in Eric Garner's case.
Julie Netherland

Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

Julie Netherland | December 16, 2014 | Politics
This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs.
Evan Bernick


Three Things You (And Judges) Need to Know About the Bill of Rights

Evan Bernick | December 16, 2014 | Politics
This Monday, the Bill of Rights turned 223. It is an occasion for celebration and reflection. Celebration, because the Bill of Rights has proven a sturdy shield for protecting individual freedom. Reflection, because the Bill of Rights is often misunderstood, even by judges.
Tony Newman


More Nails in the Drug War Coffin: Top Stories of 2014

Tony Newman | December 16, 2014 | Media
Below are some of the top stories that made 2014 a watershed year in the fight to end America's longest failed war.
Amitai Etzioni


Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy Analysis

Amitai Etzioni | December 16, 2014 | Politics
I was surprised to find that when one engages in this kind of policy analysis, the many security measures introduced in the wake of 9/11 very often fall into one of two categories. They either entail little intrusion and are quite effective in enhancing our protection, or have the opposite profile.
Ethan Rabidoux

Payday Loans and the Rise of Vampire Capitalism

Ethan Rabidoux | December 16, 2014 | Business
Payday loan companies have managed to fly beneath the radar of public scrutiny for far too long. I suspect it's because their victims are the weakest among us who don't have a voice.
Kristopher Kole Wyckhuys


The Profound Failures of Universities: The Winston Case and Beyond

Kristopher Kole Wyckhuys | December 16, 2014 | College
The prevalence of assaults within sports and college culture reflects the dire need to discuss ethical consent. University coaches, leaders, policy makers and legislators should require multi-session, leadership training for students.
William Lynch III


It's Camera Time

William Lynch III | December 15, 2014 | Crime
Already, the evidence is pouring in that police body cameras are helpful for police and civilians. When police officers are accountable to a video camera monitoring them, it appears to make a big change in their behavior.
Bill Piper


A Decade of Hard Work Turns into Historic Marijuana Victory in Congress

Bill Piper | December 15, 2014 | Politics
This is a huge victory -- one that has taken 13 years to win. For the first time, Congress is cutting off funding to federal medical marijuana raids and saying no one should be arrested for complying with their state's medical marijuana law.
Anthony Papa


13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

Anthony Papa | December 15, 2014 | Crime
I was lucky enough to be granted executive clemency in 1997. Since my release I have continued to advocate for prisoners who are stuck in prison, sentenced to tremendous amounts of time for small amounts of drugs.
Mike Weisser


Do Good Guys With Guns Stop Bad Guys? The Violence Policy Center Says No

Mike Weisser | December 15, 2014 | Politics
Since anyone with a concealed-carry permit is, by definition, one of the good guys, the gun industry and its supporters work overtime trying to get concealed-carry accepted as the law of the land.
Kathy Kelly


Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

Kathy Kelly | December 15, 2014 | Politics
On Dec. 10, I was sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson


The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts Another Glare on the Autopsy Debate

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | December 14, 2014 | Black Voices
It makes little difference how erroneous or flawed an autopsy is the likelihood that it will be questioned is slim precisely because is viewed as an incontrovertible scientific medical examination. It ignores the fact that in many cases a pathologist's determination as to how a person died is simply an opinion.
Dave Pruett


What Have We Become?

Dave Pruett | December 14, 2014 | Politics
Americans now have yet another question to ponder. The U.S. has grossly violated international norms of civilized behavior. We have also broken our word. Why should American's care?
Julian McWilliams

After Honoring Eric Garner, LeBron's Voice Could Have Been Louder

Julian McWilliams | December 15, 2014 | Sports
After the game James was asked his reason for wearing the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt, and he responded, "It was a message to the family. That I'm sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That's what it's about." It appears that James was more interested in playing it safe, unwilling to ruffle the feathers of his corporate sponsors and brands.
Tanya Young Williams


I'm Tired of Talking About Racism and a Judge's Bid to Abolish the Grand Jury

Tanya Young Williams | December 12, 2014 | Crime
The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases force us to have the tough talks about race, profiling, police use of deadly force, judicial abuse of power and potential changes to our grand jury systems.
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