Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

David Bacon: California Court Ruling Could Make It Nearly Impossible for Farmworkers To Win Union Contracts

On May 18 in Fresno, California, the state’s Court of Appeals for the 5th District ruled that a key provision of the state’s unique labor law for field workers is unconstitutional. Should it be upheld by the state’s supreme court, this decision will profoundly affect the ability of California farm workers to gain union contracts. Read more…

Bryan Stevenson: On Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race

This country never committed itself to a conversation about the legacy of slavery

Rory Carroll: San Francisco takes pride in same-sex ruling but caution underlies celebration

Euphoria over same-sex marriage legalisation was tinged by memories of past injustice and warnings of future political battles

Alexander C. Kaufman: Health Care Stocks Soar After Obamacare Victory In Supreme Court

The 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell upheld a key part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which offered tax subsidies to states to establish their own health care exchanges

Norman Solomon: Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

Sterling was one of the CIA’s few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency

Paul Street: From Watergate to Deflategate

One useful measure of a political culture’s moral level is the nature of what counts as a terrible outrage, disgrace, or scandal in that culture

Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritarianism

Legitimizing State Violence

Glenn Greenwald: Major Questions Remain Unanswered in Boston Killing of Alleged ISIS Beheading Plotter

The police can now accost someone in the street who, by all accounts, was doing nothing wrong at that moment, kill him, and then just scream “ISIS” and “Terrorist” and “beheading” enough times and no real questions will be asked

Noliwe Rooks: Racism, a pool party in Texas and the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court case has the potential to either reaffirm our commitment to, or fully gut, fair housing laws designed to promote racial and economic integration

Jill Lepore: Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution

Douglas’s arguments about privacy and marriage have been the signal influence on a series of landmark Supreme Court decisions

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