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If Black Lives Matter, End the War on Crime

#460168154 / gettyimages.com rom the perspective of tens of thousands of protesters around the nation this week, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island reflected an unfathomable decision by white police officers to kill unarmed black men engaged in trivial criminal (if any) behavior. To thousands of police […]

Churches in Bed with Power

Rev. Raphael Warnock: If Churches Aren’t in Trouble with Power, They’re Probably in Bed with It

View image | gettyimages.com a powerful NPR segment (listen below) on whether the Black Church still matters, Michel Martin spoke with Reverend Raphael Warnock senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Martin Luther King’s pulpit), who said: If you are a church that’s never in good trouble with the powers, then you’re probably in bed with […]

People Continually Protesting

Is It Bad Enough Yet?

View image | gettyimages.com he police killing unarmed civilians. Horrifying income inequality. Rotting infrastructure and an unsafe “safety net.” An inability to respond to climate, public health and environmental threats. A food system that causes disease. An occasionally dysfunctional and even cruel government. A sizable segment of the population excluded from work and subject to near-random […]

Los Angeles Drug Court

How Many More Second Chances?

Prop. 47 may keep addicts from using drug court’s treatment program woman with pink highlights in long, blond hair leaned onto a lectern at the front of the courtroom and smiled at her father in the front row. He was crying. She told the packed courtroom that for the first time since she was 13, […]

Prison Laborers Leave Early

California Agrees to Let Prison Laborers Leave Early

alifornia prison officials have agreed to allow minimum custody inmates who provide the bulk of the state prison system’s menial labor force to be eligible for early release. The settlement agreement, filed in federal court Friday, would affect an estimated 4,300 inmates in the state’s crowded prison system, inmate lawyers said. If federal judges concur, […]

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Law Enforcement Use of Force: Who Has Died In Los Angeles?

ere is the most recent data on law enforcement use of force resulting in a homicide in LA County between 200 and December 2014. The toll is now at least 601 victims, with two additional shootings this past week:  LA County Law Enforcement Use of Force 2007-2014 12-06-14  

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