Warehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.
In a July 21, 2014, decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a murder/suicide inside a house did not constitute a material defect that had t...
Our "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).
It seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.
"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
Another year has passed, and it seems that we're no closer to justice for Celina than we were when the crime first occurred.
Make them feel part of something bigger. Let them know you will be there for them. Remember words that have become the Márquez-Greene family's motto: "Love Wins." And work without ceasing for common sense gun safety measures to stop the scourge of violence in America.
Following the horrific murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens, it is time for people on both sides to rise up in silent joint and simultaneous protest against all forms of political violence.
Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.
I woke this morning to a world further from peace. Rage fills so many hearts, mine included. There must be room for this. We are grieving our children, killed in cold blood for being Jews.
AB-2501 sends a global message that the gay-transgender panic defense should not and will not be tolerated. The LGBTQ community must write their law makers, do not let people get away with murder, they have been doing it for far to long.
I've never been a big television watcher. I abhor commercials, and even more so, cable company monopolies legitimized by legislators dismissing the co...
Recently, there has been an upsurge in the news about how a harmless fictional character brainwashed two 12-year-olds into committing a brutal assau...
It's hard enough playing one suspect in a murder mystery musical. Imagine playing all 13 suspects -- while never leaving the stage? In the hit whodunit comedy, Murder for Two, that's exactly what Jeff Blumenkrantz flawlessly does.
It is one thing to hear that many people have been killed, but it is another to look into their family's eyes, to see what this has done to them.