Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

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Manning Marable: Race-ing Justice: The Prison-Industrial Complex

Manning Marable Several months ago, 650 people attended the "Race-ing Justice" Conference in New York, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. In more than two dozen panels and workshops, black people examined the destructive impact of the police, the courts and the prison system upon the African-American community. Our Read more…

Clark Kissenger: Summary of Mumia’s Current Situation

C. Clark Kissenger Because many people have requested an explanation of Mumia’s legal situation, let me explain concisely why Mumia’s case is at a critical point as we go into the September Mumia Awareness Week. All appeals by Mumia Abu-Jamal in the Pennsylvania court system have been denied, and he is about to begin his Read more…

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Manning Marable: Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Manning Marable Immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X was asked by the media for his response. Malcolm was not surprised by this tragic event, because white America had long fostered violence and racism throughout society. Kennedy’s murder, Malcolm believed, was an example of the "chickens coming home to roost": by Read more…

Guest Author: For the Good of us All, Just Focus on Yourself

David Kairys It took some time, but I think I’ve come to understand why so many people favor school vouchers. I was hung up on the separation of church and state and worried about decreased funding for inner- city schools. But I’ve seen the light. My only question now is why vouchers are proposed only Read more…

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Saul Landau: Pinochet and Valdez

Saul Landau Juan Gabriel Valdes, Chile’s new foreign minister, will meet with Secretary of State Madeline Albright to ask her to help return Augusto Pinochet to Chile. Since last October, British authorities have held Pinochet on a request from the Spanish Judge Baltazor Garzon. In September Pinochet will get a British Court hearing to determine Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Another Attack on Affirmative Action

    In the present dreary political climate, another court decision against affirmative action might not warrant special comment. But a ruling last month by a Federal District judge in Savannah, Georgia, is worth considering if only because it illustrates the extent of current hypocrisy. The case, Green v. Board of Regents, involved a challenge Read more…

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Tim Wise: Hate Crimes

Time Wise There is no question so irrelevant as the one to which all or nearly all can respond in like fashion. Thus, asking people their views on child molestation, or whether or not they’d like the schools to be "better" has always seemed absurd: like asking if they’d rather be happy than sad. So Read more…

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Michael Albert: Prison Policy

Michael Albert About 25 years ago I was at a dinner party with a bunch of leftist economics faculty and grad students, and I posed a hypothetical question to engender some dinner debate. If you had only two choices, I asked, would you open all prison doors and let everyone out, or would you keep Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Embargo

Saul Landau On  July 26, 1953, 26 year old Fidel Castro led a 158 armed men in an attack on, Cuba’s military barracks in Santiago de Cuba. The object: take Fort Moncada and, like John Brown planned to do with the slaves, distribute the captured weapons to revolutionary Cubans who would rise up and overthrow Read more…

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Site Administrator: Labor Law and the Heavy Hand of the State

Elaine Bernard There is one remarkable exception to the deregulatory trend in the United States. While politicians happily hack away at regulation, protective legislation, standards and governmental’s ability to action on behalf of the whole community, one organization seems to be singled out for further containment – unions. There have been, of course, some attempts Read more…

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