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Abby Zimet: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing

In a new study that manages to be both shocking and grimly unsurprising, researchers found police in 20 U.S. cities fail to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing lethal force.

June 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police forces across the United States have committed widespread and egregious human rights violations in response to largely peaceful assemblies protesting systemic racism and police violence, including the killing of Black people.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Fundamental Failure of Donald Trump

A Christian looks at Donald Trump.

June 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Recalcitrance of Police Unions

Police unions and minorities should be allies in the battle to reduce economic inequality.

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice

Lawmakers across the country are proposing policy measures to cut or loosen ties to traditional policing.

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Reluctant Summer

I could feel the rage building as I saw the nation writhe, then uncoil its wrath and take to the streets. I was demoralized to realize that my whole life had been lived in the twisted emotions of a country poisoned to its soul with racist hatred.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: In Praise of Rage

So here’s what this old white history teacher learned
from Kelvin and the Black kids in the ghetto school.

June 11, 2020 · 11 Comments

William J. Astore: Warrior Cops When the Wars Come Home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home.

June 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Minneapolis

He died in Minneapolis on an ordinary day,
A day we’ll all remember.
We can’t turn away. It was a day
Like this one, a Monday, in Spring.

June 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: 7 Ways Protestors Showed Up for Black Lives

Amid the outpouring of outrage over George Floyd’s death are glimpses of solidarity and hope.

June 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Are the George Floyd Riots the American Reichstag Fire?

Police in Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Minneapolis suspect that riots in these cities were started by white nationalists.

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: A Photo of Jalen, Age 12, in a Batman Costume

Say yes, sir when the officers stop you
for the fourteenth time, looking
for somebody

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: And Jesus Wept

Our friend Christian, an African-American and one of the best men I know, told my wife that when he saw the video of the murder of George Floyd, he wept for hours.

June 3, 2020 · 6 Comments

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