Shut up. Just shut up. And think. That is the message being tossed about by a Hollywood heavyweight who recently penned ...
Women's Equality Day quietly came and went recently, not quite 100 years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment -- the law that said women were equally entitled, along with men, to the right to vote.
It's not often two books come out at roughly the same time that, together, provide a true glimpse at the critical and largely unknown story of how the modern day education reform movement came to be.
The shock is not only that a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. That, tragically, has happened too many times before, and when the details remain murky, many people withhold judgment. The shock was that the police response to the protests was so hugely disproportionate, "like an invading army."
I think about my teenage years: Broke. Confused. Horny. Doing stupid shit. Which brings us to Ferguson. Which brings us to Mike Brown. Which brings us to a militarized police force that enforces laws on a community that it doesn't know.
We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college
Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.
Sometimes it helps to read our Constitution with a critical eye, and then draw the lines forward to today. That's what I did when I reflected upon the violence, anger, inequities, and lack of justice that is crystallized in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.
Today marks Women's Equality Day. It is also a little more than two months from the 2014 midterm elections. In my mind, these two things are inextricably linked.
To understand what happened in Ferguson, nothing is more important than appreciating the extent of the political alienation that exists in that suburban community.
It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.
With two parallel investigations -- one state, one federal -- proceeding into the tragic August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, a key issue in both investigations will be whether the officer had a reasonable fear that he was facing serious bodily injury or death.
The 1960s demand for "first class citizenship" echoes through the years as our call to justice today. Unfortunately the Bull Connor images of peaceful protesters were not historic remnants but eerily prescient of tanks and tear gas last week in Ferguson, MO.
This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.
It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."