Once again America has been impacted by a mass killing: 49 people killed in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 12, 2016. It shook our nation and the world. Will it cause sigsignificant change in ideas about race, religion, sexual preference, and guns? This column doesn’t think so. I submit this country lost the opportunity to take the moral high ground when Sandy Hook exploded, … [Read more...]
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In Minneapolis on June 3, the U.S. government concluded its “show trial” by convicting three young Somali men, Guled Omar, 21, Mohamed Farah, 22, and Abdirahman Daud, 22 of several charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a life … [Read more...]
The Minneapolis NAACP’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee has launched an initiative that will restore the vote for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Minnesotans. Last month, the committee launched a URL (www.rtv-mn.com) that will allow probationers who are eligible for early termination of probation to receive consultation on petitioning the courts. The objective is … [Read more...]
A great American who made a difference On refusing to be drafted: “I will not [become] a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. I’d rather go to jail. So what? We've been in jail for 400 years. Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. — … [Read more...]
June is LGBTQ pride month and parades and festivities abound month-long. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boston Pride was last week with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on Saturday. Come Sunday … [Read more...]