Too many unanswered questions about death of Sergeant La David Johnson African American Army Green Beret Sergeant La David Johnson was killed in Africa in an ambush along the Niger-Mali border, October 4, 2017. As this is written, the Department of Defense has not released full information regarding how it was that he was missing for 48 hours. He was found tied and … [Read more...]
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The opposite of poverty is not wealth. It is justice. — Bryan Stevenson The ultimate goal, of course, is the end of poverty itself. But as we pursue that goal, we must get rid of the laws and practices that unjustly incarcerate and otherwise damage the lives of millions who can’t fight back. We must fight mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty in every … [Read more...]
The reality of unarmed African American women — LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight — being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored — especially with the focus of police brutality on our males. Like so many African American women, Sandra Bland’s death in 2015, resulting from police … [Read more...]
The federal program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” which focuses on local Muslims, looks more racist everyday as mass-murders by Christian White males increase. Moreover, local government grants given to combat “extremism,” court-ordered counseling for “terror suspects,” ISIS recruitment case, local Somali Americans put in prison for decades, community liaison officers and … [Read more...]
I never thought I would miss President George W. Bush, our 43rd president, and I’ve never much thought of him as a great or even a good speaker. But the speech he gave at a conference convened by the George W. Bush Institute was simply eloquent, excellent, thoughtful, and compelling. After keeping a low profile for the past eight years, he spoke up to decry the fact that … [Read more...]