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John Rosenthal

Safe Gun Storage Saves Lives

John Rosenthal | March 4, 2015 | Politics
A simple $5 trigger lock can save a life. Keep your gun locked and unloaded unless it's in your direct control, the cost is just too high to do otherwise.
David Freudberg

Will The Marathon Trial Re-Traumatize Boston?

David Freudberg | March 4, 2015 | Politics
As the trial recreates the crime and its repercussions in devastating detail, one concern is the likelihood that Boston will be traumatized all over again and that deep emotional wounds that victims have worked hard to heal will inevitably be torn back open.
Brynn Tannehill

What You Need to Know About Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

Brynn Tannehill | March 4, 2015 | Gay Voices
Understandably, this has caused fear and dismay among transgender people around the country. We all have to use the bathroom, but these laws would seemingly force transgender people to choose between fines and jail, risking horrific violence or leaving the state.
Tony Newman

NYPD Commissioner Bratton Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Responsible for Increased Shootings

Tony Newman | March 3, 2015 | New York
"In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with an '80s and '90s with heroin and cocaine," said Bratton. "We just see marijuana everywhere when we make these arrests, when we get these guns off the streets."
Chelsea Clinton

3 Ways We Can Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Chelsea Clinton | March 3, 2015 | Impact
Violence against women and girls is an epidemic of global proportions. Transcending geographic borders, economic and social class, religion and ethnicity, violence impacts women of all ages, in all communities around the world.
R. Andrew Chesnut

La Tuta's Knights Templar and the Rise of Narco-Religion in Mexico

R. Andrew Chesnut | March 3, 2015 | Religion
The recent capture of La Tuta (Servando Gomez), the head of the Knights Templar drug cartel, reminds us that the lethal mix of religion and terrorism isn't peculiar to the Middle East.
Nancy Michaels

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | March 3, 2015 | Education
Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.
Jeff Norman

LAPD Not Fit to Investigate Itself in Shooting of Skid Row Homeless Man

Jeff Norman | March 3, 2015 | Crime
It's possible the police were justified in shooting the man known to locals as "Africa." But considering how the Times equivocated about what's visible in the video, it seems Smith and Beck have so far doled out more propaganda than credible information.
Lynette Mae

You Are the Person Behind the Badge

Lynette Mae | March 2, 2015 | Crime
The symbol of the badge requires more from an officer because no other individual is given so much authority and trust. What other profession has the ability to literally take away someone's freedom? In a country built upon individual freedom, this is no small thing.
Preston Shipp

Prosecutors Should Support Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Preston Shipp | March 2, 2015 | Crime
For a prosecutor with a heavy caseload who already works long hours, it is asking a lot to expect her to keep a critical eye on the workings of the criminal justice system, to never accept the status quo, and to seek to improve the system whenever an inadequacy is perceived.
Paul Heroux

Sex Offender Registries Are Not Really Keeping Your Children Safe: Here's Why

Paul Heroux | March 2, 2015 | Crime
The problem is that the politicians aren't advocating evidence-based approaches, and the advocates aren't focusing on the fact that more than 95 percent of offenders on a registry are not going to reoffend with a sex offense.
Marsha Levick

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Roper v. Simmons: One Small Step for Christopher Simmons, One Giant Step for Juvenile Justice Reform

Marsha Levick | March 2, 2015 | Politics
With this simple declaration ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ended a centuries-old practice that left youth eligible for execution for murders they committed when they were under the age of eighteen.
Angela F. Chan

America Never Abolished Slavery

Angela F. Chan | March 2, 2015 | Politics
This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America. The problem is the story isn't true. We never actually abolished slavery.
Carmen Berkley

Black Equality Doesn't End in February

Carmen Berkley | March 3, 2015 | Black Voices
Black History Month is more than just acknowledgement in a newspaper or a special program at the kids' school. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far Black people in the United States have come in their struggle for justice and equal rights.
Mike Weisser

Why 'Armor-Piercing' Bullets Are Flying Off the Shelves

Mike Weisser | March 2, 2015 | Politics
You know that something's up in the gun business when Rush Limbaugh starts talking about gun control. And what he was talking about this past week was the decision by the ATF to create a new standard for exempting certain kinds of so-called 'armor-piercing' bullets from the ban that Congress placed on such ammo in 1986.
Jeania Ree Moore

#KellyOnMyMind: Reflecting on Kelly Gissendaner

Jeania Ree Moore | March 1, 2015 | Religion
Convicted for her part in the 1997 murder of her husband, Kelly enrolled in and graduated from the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women. Through this program, she grew into a new person with purpose and hope. She experienced forgiveness and gained confidence through grace and redemption.
Betty Aldworth

Let's Be Sensible About MDMA

Betty Aldworth | February 27, 2015 | College
It's past time to acknowledge the plain fact that students use drugs. Let's make sure they have the education and protections they need to do so safely.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trayvon Martin Remains a Challenge to America

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | February 26, 2015 | Black Voices
Martin was more than just another young black male gunned down in an act of senseless violence. He became and will remain a challenge to the nation to do something about that violence.
John Bates

To Catch an Algo Thief

John Bates | February 26, 2015 | Technology
Cyberterrorism is on the upswing and algorithmic terrorism is the next iteration. So much of our economy is underpinned by electronic trading that protecting the markets is paramount.
John Foubert

No, More Campus Guns Won't Decrease Rape

John Foubert | February 26, 2015 | College
Several members of various state legislators have trotted out the idea that what is missing from college campuses, particularly the hands of 18-year-old women, are six shooters, or even better, semi-automatic handguns.
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