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No Justice for Cecil the Lion

Bill Blum | Posted 07.31.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

Cecil the 13-year-old Zimbabwe lion is dead but not forgotten. Nor should he be anytime soon by anyone concerned with issues of animal cruelty, white privilege, neocolonialism, global inequality, or international justice and extradition protocols and practices.

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

America's Apartheid: Legalized Discrimination through Mass Incarceration

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black male in Chicago, I find it hard for one to argue that the criminal justice system has not been used unfairly and unjustly to discriminate against black people and to outcast them from society.

Tackling Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Gary Haugen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to buy and sell young girls and boys to exploit them for their bodies, leaving a trail of deep trauma behind.

Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices

Rep. Steve Cohen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steve Cohen

Whether race relations have actually worsened or whether that perception stems from more information reaching more people, it is obvious that we must re-dedicate ourselves and our government to eliminating injustice and promoting equality.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.28.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

This decision is a resounding victory for homeless families based not just on esoteric interpretations of law, but on a common understanding of basic human rights that must be protected for all DC residents, no matter their income.

You're Asking the Wrong Questions About Sandra Bland

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

I cannot fully express the frustration that results from being reminded daily that your life is worth less in your country simply because of your skin tone. But what frustrates me even more are the distractions people use to keep what's most important out of the limelight.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

Open Letter to Peace Officers Everywhere: #IAmHumanToo

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Lisa Mae Brunson

Dear Peace Officer, please hear my plea and the plea of the nation. Will you stop killing me? Will you protect and serve me now? #IAmHumanToo.

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

This Oklahoma Case Should Make You Rethink Capital Punishment

Bill Blum | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night. Both morally and legally, it illustrates many of the most troubling flaws in our system of state-sanctioned killing: the risk of executing the innocent, the inadequate legal representation often provided to poor criminal defendants charged with the most serious offenses, the inconsistencies of the appeal process, and the cruelty of all forms of capital punishment.

Experts: No Hope For Justice In Orange County Prosecutor Scandal With Current Investigations

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- California's Orange County has an astoundingly large and complex problem with its prosecutors and police linked to a tainted jailhouse...

I am Jewish and Black Lives Matter

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

In the Jewish tradition, we are taught Yehi ch'vod chaveirach chaviv alecha k'shelach -- "The dignity of your friend should be as dear to you as your own"

What Bill Cosby and Whoopi Goldberg Are Teaching Everyone About Rape

Unwritten | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Unwritten

We live in a world where we have to wait until there is a taped recording of Cosby ADMITTING to drugging these women to have sex with him for us to finally believe them. These women didn't come forward toting their rape kit, they came with their own testimony and it wasn't good enough.

A Much-Needed Alternative to Youth Prisons

Shaena Fazal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Shaena Fazal

If we don't incarcerate young people in conflict with the law, what do we do with them? The answer is simple: We care for and invest in our young people; resource families and communities to safely hold youth accountable; invest in each young person's success, and; address the root causes of youth crime in the communities where the youth live, all in the context of their homes and neighborhoods.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

I Am Muslim and I Am Black Lives Matter

Linda Sarsour | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Linda Sarsour

Black lives don't matter. But they do in Islam. Since the founding of Islam, Black lives mattered. My faith informs my role and commitment to standing up against injustice and to work towards creating a world where Black life is valued as equally as any life.

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

Is Antonin Scalia Off His Rocker or Just a Sore Loser?

Bill Blum | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

Simply put, Scalia's hyper-dramatic antics and fulminations signify the demise of the foundational legal principles he has championed throughout his extensive career: the theories of "originalism" and "textualism."

Jail for Cosby? The Case for Serial Rape

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.14.2015 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

In a case like Cosby's where we now have an unsealed court document that may act as a corroborating piece of evidence and lend credibility to some of the stories, there should be a remedy for these women to have their day in court.

An Open Letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: Free Richard Wershe Jr.

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.13.2015 | Crime
Dean Dauphinais

Governor Snyder, I have no sympathy for drug dealers. Drugs took one of my sons -- and our entire family -- on a roller coaster ride through hell for seven years. But I don't think anyone should have to suffer the injustice that Richard Wershe Jr. has suffered.

Literacy and Justice for All

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

Ensuring an equal education, and letting our children know they matter, regardless of their race or culture, is the most important step we can take. We are too great a country to fail to address something so fundamental to our fellow citizens and our future.

A New Hymn: In Halls of Wealth and Power

Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

On Sunday, July 12, thousands of churches will be hearing the gospel lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark, 6:14-29. This is the story of King Herod killing John the Baptist because the king promised to grant the wish of a daughter who wanted to silence the prophet.