Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

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Michael Bronski: The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The ferocity of the New York City police assault against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in the summer of 1977 was so striking that, even in the current context of urban police brutality, it became emblematic of the sustained, sanctioned violence of contemporary "law enforcement" – particularly when aimed at communities of color. The trial of Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Struggle Against Racial Profiling

For years, African American motorists have complained of being stopped by the police for the offense of DWB — "Driving While Black." From grueling life experience, African Americans have known that they were singled out on the nation's roads for traffic stops and searches, and subject to humiliation, intimidation, and, all too often, police violence. Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Jailhouse Knocks

HBO’s "Thug Life in DC" is not about Bill Clinton’s proclivities toward Serbia. It is a stunning wakeup call about the growing warehousing of young black men in the nation’s jails and prisons. It is about the disturbing and increasing merger of black male youth culture and prison culture. The program has created somewhat of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Killing Work

Want to kill somebody and get away with a slap on the wrist? You’d be hard pressed to find a better way than being a employer who endangers his or her employees. Under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, violations of health and safety rules that pose a substantial probability of death or serious Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Moral Principles and International Law

But attention to Pol Pot’s crimes, while a worthy enterprise (if done honestly, which was rarely the case), had little if any moral significance because there was no hint of a proposal as to what to do about them — and when they were terminated, the US was infuriated and severely punished the criminals (the Read more…

Geoffrey Paterson: Louisiana Supreme Court

Geoffrey Paterson Louisiana has never been known as an environmental panacea. Indeed, its reputation has long been as one of the dirtiest and most polluted in the country and with good reason: no matter what is measured (air, water, ground), Louisiana leads the nation in toxic emissions per capita. Uncoincidentally, Louisiana is one of the Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Fight the Power

Last weekend, my son, Inti, who is 20 and I, who am quite a few years older than that, went to San Francisco to take part in a rally and demonstration in support of political prisoner and death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The main demand is for a new trial for Mumia. It was the Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Don’t Ignore the Hate Crime

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado, a search for meaning and understanding has begun. Concerned citizens across the nation are seeking to grasp what motivated at least two students to turn a normal school day into a killing field. Clearly, the answer is complicated and may never be fully Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Harassment

have been deemed newsworthy: On January 17 Kevin Tryals and Laaron Morris of Galveston TX. were found in a burning car on a dead-end road outside of city limits. Both bodies were severely burned. The medical examiner’s office ruled that both men were dead before the car was ignited, and that both men died from Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Substituting Prisons for Schools

Henry A. Giroux The current debates about multiculturalism in higher education represent more than insular disputes between warring factions of professional academics. They also, with few exceptions, harbor an indifference to the world outside of the university that borders on bad faith and ethical irresponsibility. As more and more young people face a world of Read more…

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