Category: Racism

Hannah Gold: How Grassroots Power Is Shaping New York’s Marijuana Decriminalization Debate

Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of children, the policy represents a historic break in the city’s marijuana decriminalization debate. “That does Read more…

Alex Elkins: Fifty Years of Get-Tough

Remembering Harlem and the Urban Street Justice of the 1960s Riots

Andy Piascik: Freedom Summers, 1964 and 2014

Before the latest attack on voting rights, the United States already ranked disgracefully low among nations of the world in voter turnout

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David Swanson: If Iraq Were in Central America

If Gaza were in Maryland, would the United States still provide the weapons for bombing the homes there?

David Kotz: Mississippi Freedom Summer – A Personal Account

We still need to work to build a different world of racial equality, economic justice, and peace. To do so, we must relearn the lesson that ordinary people have the ability to change the world when they stand up together

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Marina Sitrin: Today’s ‘Righteous’ Defenders of Refugees in Germany

What prompted me to write this however, was not the fear and anger I have been feeling, but the bravery shown in the face of such fear

Barry Yeoman: Moral Monday Movement Launches a New Freedom Summer

Fifty years after the murders of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, North Carolina activists move from civil disobedience to big voter mobilization push

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Milan Rai: Christian Terrorism?

Double standards and faith-based violence

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Paul Street: The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

Sadly, the fate and struggle of the early republic’s black and red victims foretold the future struggles of Asians, Latin Americans, and Middle Easterners caught on the wrong side of the United States

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Danny Schechter: Frederick Douglass Echoes Through The Ages

Of all the oratory and debate on “our” independence, nothing in the literature surpasses the speech by abolitionist, editor and former slave, Frederick Douglass,

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