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The Super Bowl Promotes War

By David Swanson | Originally Published at Let's Try Democracy. February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars [...]

Will the Left Bridge Urban-Rural Divide?

By Thomas J. Scott | Originally Published at TruthOut. January 21, 2016 00:00 | Photographic Credit;: Rural Vermont via Shutterstock Hidden from most public opinion polls and political issue analyses of the upcoming 2016 election is the increasing fragmentation of the US electorate. US politics operates on [...]

Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence

Gun violence in the United States has produced a culture soaked in blood - a culture that threatens everyone and extends from accidental deaths, suicides and domestic violence to mass shootings. In late December, a woman in St. Cloud, Florida, fatally shot her own daughter [...]

Cosby’s Countersuit Against Accusers is More Evidence That He Hates Women

His legal action is an act of misogyny – perhaps the same hatred that might have driven him, as accusers allege, to rape and sexually assault more than 50 of them By Rebecca Carroll | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. December 15, 2015 13.45 EST [...]

We’ve Turned Our Back on a Proven Method to Curtail Gun Violence

Despite proven success, Project Ceasefire, first trialled in 1996, has been continually cut back, even as gun homicides keep rising By Bobby Constantino | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. Monday 14 December 2015 06.30 EST Last modified on Tuesday 15 December 2015 11.28 EST [...]

It’s Messed Up for Democrats to Use the No Fly List to Push For Gun Laws

And Republicans pushing back by citing due process after years trying to squelch it is no less hypocritical By Trevor Timm | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. December 5, 2015 05.00 EST | Photographic Credit; Let’s not pretend Republicans suddenly care about the due [...]

2.7 Million Kids Have Parents in Prison. They’re Losing Their Right to Visit

My small feet thump the concrete as I hurry toward the door. My four older brothers trail closely behind. Upon entering, we disappear into the apartment and excitedly explore every corner. We peek out the window at our new playmates. By morning, the scent of [...]

Our Prisons in Black and White

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War [...]

When School Feels Like Jail

Rockmon Montrell “Rock” Allen, an 18-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, has never gone to jail. But school, he says, was close enough. At Ridgeland High School, a large public school in an increasingly black suburb of Jackson, he was punished repeatedly for what seemed like minor [...]