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Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

Samarth Pathak | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians.

Talking to My White Child About Race

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.

How Long, Michael Brown, How Long?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Norma Cook Everist

We need to do more than remember headlines, lest names change but headlines be merely repeated.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

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.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

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.

Democrats Renew the Call for 'First Class Citizenship' and Justice for All

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

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.

President Obama: What Will Your Legacy Be?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Nancy Kotting

Our brothers, our sons, our fathers are being slaughtered in the streets. The law has become lawless. Michael Brown's blood and the blood of countless others cannot be spilled in vain, not now, not with a man like you, finally, on the stage. Mr. President, I ask you, what will your legacy be?

May the Odds Be (Never) in Minorities' Favor? Breaking Down the Risk-Based Sentencing Divide

Jessica Eaglin | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
Jessica Eaglin

The U.S. criminal justice system is built on the premise that one size does not fit when meting out justice. An individualized sentencing practice is key to a fair and just sentence.

Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Eric T. Schneiderman

This settlement sends a strong message that banks that prey on customers and investors will be held accountable. I will continue to investigate financial institutions that bend the rules for their own benefit, and pursue equal justice for all New York families.

The Scared Cop Inside of Me: Reflections on Ferguson

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

We all have a little bit of Officer Darren Wilson inside of us. We all own a piece of that scared cop every time we act on our assumptions and generalizations about the people we encounter in our lives. We all are in need of a cleaner heart.

Police Accountability After Ferguson

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 08.21.2014 | Crime
Deborah Jacobs

Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.

Ferguson and Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Since none of us are sleeping, perhaps we can be anxious in solidarity, navigating our ways through unending night.

Where Pogroms Go Unpunished, Even Celebrated

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

The fact that someone like Agathon Rwasa is free and able to run for public office twice is beyond a mere sign of dysfunction and lawlessness in central African nations -- notably Burundi and Congo -- it is a failure of the international community, too.

Dancing at the Perimeters of Faith

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Before social justice became trendy among evangelicals, people of all denominations, faiths, and philosophies had already been steadily working in the trenches without fanfare, caring for the least of these with a quiet strength.

Convenience Stores and Convenient Narratives

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Like Emmett and Trayvon before him, the surrounding details are disputed. Yet, the final outcome is the same. Once again, history may never know what exactly took place because Michael is not here to speak for himself.

17 Rules for Police Dealing With People of Color

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

No more blaming the victim. Here I have a list of Do's and Don'ts to assist police officers in dealing with African Americans and people of color.

A Letter to America

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

As an African-American male, the last few days have been filled with deep thought. Every day I watch the images of Ferguson, Missouri and I struggle to come to terms with a community dealing with such a great loss.

A Letter to the People of Ferguson, Missouri

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

Ferguson, you are not alone. This is not just an African American issue. It's time for this to become a world issue.

Make a Difference by Reaching Out

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Like the Freedom Summer volunteers, each of these AmericCorps fellows chose to "touch the pain" in the lives of those who need legal assistance. That choice and that experience has changed their lives -- and will continue to do so -- in myriad ways.

Overcoming the Stigma of 'Vexatious Litigator': An Impossible Task?

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Thom Senzee

Alfred Banks and the handful of others who carry the mark of the so-called "vexatious litigator" have the deck stacked against them. They are effectively locked out of America's legal system.

Ministry on the Margins: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

"Who in their right mind would want to be a minister?" It's a question I hear a lot nowadays, especially with news reports about how many in ministry experience low pay, high burnout and potential unemployment.

Since My Brother's Murder

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 07.31.2014 | Crime
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

As the third anniversary of my brother's death approaches, this is what I am left with. My dreams have irreversibly changed.

Why Love Is Not All We Need

Myisha Cherry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? If so, I'm sure some of it has depressed you. Just as history has made us believe that the human race has made progress, reality will tell you the awful truth that we have not come that far at all.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.