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Stand Your Ground

Why Stand Your Ground Laws Must Be Repealed, in One Infuriating Graph

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Research found that Stand Your Ground laws increase the likelihood that a homicide will be considered "justified," but only in cases where a white person is accused of killing a black person.

A New Argument for Gun Control: The Occasion of Sin

Monica Bauer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Monica Bauer

In the heat of an argument, when all sense of proportion and reason is gone, and all that remains is emotion, it only stands to reason that if you have ready access to lethal force, a moment of anger can turn violent.

Calling on Leaders to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground'

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Whether it is Florida or any of the other 22 states with these ridiculous and incomprehensible laws on the books, we must push back aggressively and immediately.

The Dunn Verdict: Race and Unreasonable Fears

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Zaki Hasan

As we all know, the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida came under a fair amount of national scrutiny during the Trayvon Martin case. Sadly that's not ...

The Pugilistic Double Standard of the Pro-Gun Movement

Josh Horwitz | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The opinion of the pro-gun movement seems to be that the guy with the gun is always right, no matter what the facts of the case are; that gun possession makes you a super-citizen with enhanced rights to take life, avoid prosecution, and use lethal force in response to non-lethal force.

Moral Monday Protest Over Georgia Gun Control Bill Leads To 23 Arrests

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

Twenty-three people were arrested during a Moral Monday protest over a Georgia gun control bill, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tho...

George Zimmerman and a Terrible New Low for 'Celebrity'

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

A man can kill an unarmed 17-year-old boy, and instead of going to jail, make more money than his pathetic previous life ever allowed. The Kardashians used to be the go-to celebrities when you wanted to make fun of people who did not deserve celebrity status. Well now we set a new low that will be hard to best.

Another Fatal Shooting In 'Self-Defense' Rocks Florida

Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

Get ready for "Stand Your Ground, Part 2." Police say an Orlando man is claiming self-defense after fatally shooting a man that he saw walking thro...

The NRA Is Directly Behind A Bill Loosening Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Lawmakers are aiming to expand Florida's "stand your ground" law with the help of a top NRA lobbyist. Gawker's Adam Weinstein reported that S.B. 44...

The American Gun Culture: Standing Your Ground Against the Deadly Use of Popcorn

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There will only be more Curtis Reeves cases and more George Zimmerman cases. All because we've been conditioned to believe that the law and the Constitution is on the side of the well-armed, heroic shooter, and very seldom on the side of the victim.

New Florida Legislation Would Change Self-Defense Laws

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Florida state Sen. Greg Evers’ (R-Baker) controversial new “warning shot” bill unanimously passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Wednesda...

Marissa Alexander Could Be Thrown Back In Prison For Running Errands

Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

The Florida mom who lost a controversial "Stand Your Ground" case after firing what she called a warning shot at her abusive husband might be thrown i...

Fourteen 2014 New Year's Resolutions for Progressives -- and One for Every Year

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies to stop change that benefits the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

The Empty Seats at the Newtown Holiday Tables

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

One would think that the slaughter of innocents, especially on the cusp of the holidays, would offer Americans the courage to move forward. However, we ended up with cowardice from a select set of Democratic senators.

For-profit College Group, Linked to ALEC, Keeps Working to Harm Students and Taxpayers

David Halperin | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
David Halperin

It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.

ALEC Demands Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance - to ALEC

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voters have a right to know where the allegiance of their lawmakers' lies. They should be asking if their elected representatives have sworn to serve ALEC first. And if so, those should be the first to go.

Alzheimer's Sufferer Fatally Shot After Knocking On Wrong Door

AP | RAY HENRY | Posted 12.08.2013 | Crime

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (AP) — The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took began as early as 1 a.m. when he slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with...

Amanda Terkel

Ted Cruz To ALEC: 'Stand Your Ground' Against Dick Durbin | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday strongly defended the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, telling attendees of the g...

Leaked Documents: IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis at Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Steve Horn

ALEC's budget hole from the exodus of corporate members has inspired a campaign to win corporate members back to the exclusive club, calling it the biblically-inspired "Prodigal Son Project."

Is the American Criminal Justice System Color-blind?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Noting that the American criminal justice system handles criminal cases differently depending on race is hardly newsworthy. From stop-and-frisk to motor vehicle searches at traffic stops to sentencing, racial disparities abound in modern America. However, until the George Zimmerman trial for Trayvon Martin's death, one gaping disparity had received little attention.

State House Advances Broad 'Stand Your Ground' Bill

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Ohio's state House approved a broad "stand your ground" measure on Wednesday that would gr...

Renisha, Jonathon, Trayvon...The New Strange Fruit?

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

As a young adult, I was Renisha McBride. Traveling home from college late one evening, my car stalled. With no cell phone, and still miles away from home, I made Renisha's choice. I walked to the nearest home and knocked on the front door.

Ted Cruz's Father: Black People ‘Uninformed' And ‘Deceived'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of tea party star Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), called black and Hispanic voters “uninformed” and “deceived" d...

The Slaying of Renisha McBride Casts Another Ugly Glare on the Peril to Black Women

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In far too many cases where young black women have been victimized there were endless and predictable efforts to dig up any and every bit of damaging information about their history or lifestyle to in effect virtually blame them for their own unjustified killing.

Florida Bid To Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov 7 (Reuters) - An effort to repeal a Florida law allowing people to use deadly force if they ...