Category Archives: Social Justice

“Risk Assessment” Cannot Solve Systemic Injustice of Prisons

Photo by Madame Psychosis, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons

By Glenn E. Martin After 40 years of waging a failed war on crime in poor communities, conservative and progressive policy makers finally are being compelled to release the pressure valve and find ways to reform our troubled criminal justice … Continue reading




Posted in Democracy, Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on “Risk Assessment” Cannot Solve Systemic Injustice of Prisons

UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts

MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Pfc Erwin Taylor, plans and operations clerk, G-1, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sits blindfolded on a bus headed to an undisclosed location as part of a period of military education focusing on the plight of the prisoners of war.  Official USMC Photo by Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks, courtesy wikimedia commons

By Adam Hudson While President Obama told the country to “look forward, not backward” when it came to Bush’s torture program, the United Nations has taken a different route. Recently, the UN Human Rights Committeeissued a report excoriating the United States for its … Continue reading




Posted in Big Featured, Democracy, Featured Articles, Social Justice | Comments Off on UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts

A Tortured Twist on Ethics

Photo: Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

By Yosef Brody Why isn’t the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison? George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated … Continue reading




Posted in Democracy, Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on A Tortured Twist on Ethics

“Do What You Gotta Do”: Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works

courtesy OpenClipArt

By Aaron Cantu The new NBC series “Chicago PD” (created by Dick Wolf, the man behind “Law and Order”) opens with steel-eyed Detective Sgt. Hank Voight glaring coolly into a rearview mirror from the backseat of a car. We quickly … Continue reading




Posted in Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on “Do What You Gotta Do”: Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works

Coming Home to Roost: American Militarism, War Culture and Police Brutality

Photo: Kabul Military Training Center

By Colin Jenkins “President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon…” – Malcolm X, December 1, 1963 “Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle… you are … Continue reading




Posted in Big Featured, Democracy, Featured Articles, Social Justice | 1 Comment

The History of Surveillance and the Black Community

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for press conference, March 26, 1964. (Photo: Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

By Nadia Kayyali February is Black History Month and that history is intimately linked with surveillance by the federal government in the name of “national security.”  Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate … Continue reading




Posted in Democracy, Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on The History of Surveillance and the Black Community

6 Million Americans Without a Voice

NYCvotingbooth

By The New York Times Editorial Board The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy, yet nearly six million Americans are denied that right, in many cases for life, because they have been convicted of a crime. Some … Continue reading




Posted in Democracy, Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on 6 Million Americans Without a Voice

Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons

Cela

By Joshua Holland It’s well known that people of color are overrepresented in America’s prisons relative to their share of the population. But a recent study finds that they make up an even larger share of the populations of private, for-profit prisons … Continue reading




Posted in Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons

Legalizing Oppression

Lynne Stewart and Larry Holmes at a March Against Racism rally - held on Martin Luther King, Jr. day in 2008 in Manhattan.

By Chris Hedges The lynching and disbarring of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart, who because she has terminal cancer was recently released from prison after serving four years of a 10-year sentence, is a window into the collapse of the … Continue reading




Posted in Featured Articles, Past Feature, Social Justice | Comments Off on Legalizing Oppression

Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout, after Raphael Santi)

By Henry Giroux Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely. —Ariel … Continue reading




Posted in Big Featured, Democracy, Featured Articles, Social Justice | Comments Off on Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State