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The Light in the Darkness

Like millions of other stunned onlookers across the United States, and the world, I have spent the past several nights watching disturbing scenes of social unrest and often violent clashes between civilians and law enforcement personnel, into the early morning hours. Show More Summary

Look at These Injury Photos of Darren Wilson. Did Michael Brown Really Possess 'Hulk Hogan' Strength?

The following article is NOT meant to inflame passions, incite violence, elicit vile comments, or put anyone's life in danger. This is merely a commentary on the semantics of likening an unarmed, dead citizen to "Hulk Hogan" and other...Show More Summary

Ferguson: The Mirror That Reflects America's Open Secret

In July 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson formed the 11-member National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission, to explain the riots that had plagued U.S. cities each summer since 1964 and provide recommendations for the future. Show More Summary

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Walmart won't pay its employees enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding food drives for their employees. Seriously. It's been reported that an Oklahoma City Walmart set up bins for underpaid associates to donate canned...Show More Summary

Racism: It's the Law

Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice. It's hidden until it explodes. "By 10 p.m.," the Wall Street Journal informed us, "a St. Louis...Show More Summary

Thankful for an Income, Hoping for Equality

The opportunity to make a work hard and provide comfortably for my family is something I am especially grateful for on this day of giving thanks. As most of us prepare to feast on a cornucopia of lovingly prepared foods, I am acutely aware that the basic necessity of a living wage eludes millions here in America and billions more around the world. Show More Summary

Why the Black American's Fight for Civil Rights Still Isn't Over

On Monday a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Innumerable people were immediately outraged, erupting in fury. Show More Summary

Are Democrats the Real Racists?

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, recently elected speaker of the assembly's Republican caucus, stepped down this week. His resignation comes after he made some truly remarkable public comments about race. He claimed that the "relationship...Show More Summary

Jumping On The Cromnibus

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in anyShow More Summary

The Incredible Shrinking Democratic Party

The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it's their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the...Show More Summary

This Graphic Will Show You What We Have to Be Thankful For

A few years ago, one of our college librarians remarked that she wished had something to be thankful for. "With all of this war and violence in today's society, there's little good cheer in the world." She's hardly alone. I am frequently...Show More Summary

Ferguson, Racism and Pro-Law Enforcement Bias

It's not rocket science. The question for the grand jury was not whether Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Daren Wilson was guilty of a crime when he shot and killed Michael Brown. No, the sole and only question before the grand jury...Show More Summary

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

In the wake of Ferguson and a series of young Black male deaths at the hands of official law enforcement personnel (and one self-appointed neighborhood watchman who cost Trayvon Martin his life), I hope we will use this November time...Show More Summary

Should Rep. Gowdy Question Rep. Rogers on Benghazi?

Last Friday, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence committee, issued a unanimous report addressing all the major issues on Benghazi. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R.-S.C.) heads a special committee to investigate Benghazi. Show More Summary

An Epic Uprising

On November 17th, Greece celebrated the 41st anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising, or simply, "To Polytechneio," as the event is commonly referred to. This year was one for deep thought and reflection given that 2014 also marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the Greek military junta (1967-74). Show More Summary

Five Things President Obama Could Do to Stop the Killing

If my son - who is 14 years old, has Autism and is hearing impaired - were African-American I would be worried every time he left the house to walk to school or the library, worried that he'd have a failed encounter with a teacher, school...Show More Summary

Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was "useful idiots"...Show More Summary

Voices for Diplomacy With Iran Flood Capitol Hill

On the eve of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, 430 citizen advocates descended on Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to support the ongoing negotiations. These advocates traveled to Washington, D.C., from 43 states for the Friends Committee on National Legislation's #DiplomacyWorks lobby day. Show More Summary

On the Lesson of Ferguson

With the onslaught of opinions and diatribes online and on screen throughout the Ferguson ordeal, from the cataclysmic moment when that teenager dropped lifeless onto a darkened Missouri street, to the final absolution for the police...Show More Summary

Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy

Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices. That's partially because something felt intimidating about it. The powerful...Show More Summary

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