Sharon Kyle, J.D.

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the executive board of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy of Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com

About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the executive board of the ACLU of Southern California and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com.

Where’s the Justice in Our Criminal Justice System?

I've been listening to a podcast I wish I could have heard while in high school—I probably would have gone to law school earlier than I did. Listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 podcasts everyone should follow, "Actual Innocence" was started by Brook Gittings, a social worker who—after watching the Netflix series "The Making of a Murderer"—realized how little she knew about our judicial system.  Her desire to learn more led her into the world of wrongful convictions, which has now … [Read more...]

Honoring Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

We all know that students and a good percentage of working adults across the country get a day off from school and work on the third Monday of January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. Although he was assassinated in 1968, it wasn't until 2000 that King was honored with an official federal holiday, observed by all 50 states. A lot of people fought long and hard to establish MLK Day, having to overcome almost insurmountable obstacles to make it a reality. But to what end? … [Read more...]

Is Racism a Racket?

Is there a connection between racism and war? Do racial and ethnic divisions in this country serve as subterfuge or diversion? Almost 50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. If he were with us today what would he think? And what does the election of Donald Trump say about all of this? Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech entitled, “A Time to Break Silence”. Marking a departure for King, the speech drew parallels between domestic policy and … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King…Fifty Years Later

In the United States, mainstream media tackles racial and ethnic issues in a way that does little more than drive ratings, garner clicks and increase revenue. When the killing of Tamir Rice was captured on video and went viral, in my naivete, I expected awareness to lead to a tidal wave of change . So much for sunlight being the best disinfectant. Every few years “Race” gets listed as a topic that Americans say they care about. It briefly takes center stage in mainstream media, only to be … [Read more...]

Trump Immigration Raids Coming Down Hard

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be adopting sweeping changes in the enforcement of immigration laws. The announcement was communicated via two memos issued by DHS. More information can be found here. One of the changes authorizes an increase in the number of immigration and border agents by 15,000 - an increase that appears to support the build up of a “deportation force”, one of Donald Trump's campaign promises. One of the major … [Read more...]

Working Toward Restorative Justice

Over the past 30 years there has been a virtual explosion in the prison population in the United States.  According to New Yorker Magazine's Adam Gopnik, the growth is unparalleled in human history. He states, "The scale and the brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of American life" adding that the U.S. prison system has more Americans locked up than were imprisoned in Stalin's Gulag. Fifty years ago, the United States had an incarceration rate that was pretty much on par with other … [Read more...]

Will Black Lives Ever Matter?

My son left the United States for a job in Japan last week. Even though he’s always had an interest in other cultures, I can’t help but wonder how much the pressure of living in America as a Black man influenced his decision to leave. Today, the stories are so frequent, the headlines so repetitive, the loss of life at the hands of police or others acting under the color of law so steady that we know the next one is as sure to come as Monday will follow Sunday. These things weigh heavily on … [Read more...]

Unarmed and Unaware

he Internet has made it possible for people with few resources to gain access to information that was beyond their reach less than 20 years ago. Thanks to keywords and search engine technology, it's no longer necessary to have the wealth of the 1% or work for a Fortune 500 company to tap into a veritable unending reservoir of data on any topic imaginable. Unlike the recent past, today, when you Google something and your search comes up empty, it's not a stretch to suspect that either someone is … [Read more...]

Michelle Alexander, Justice on Trial Film Festival Hit Homeruns

hat happens when you combine the efforts of a few dedicated activists, a few Hollywood stars, the likes of Michelle Alexander and Susan Burton, with some great documentaries on the beautiful campus of Loyola Marymount University? You get an overwhelmingly successful, first ever of its kind, film festival dedicated to putting a spotlight on the American justice system. The Justice on Trial Film Festival was the brainchild of Susan Burton, founder and director of A New Way of Life Reentry … [Read more...]

The American inJustice System

Per capita, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any industrialized nation in the world. Over 2.3 million Americans are living behind bars. And if you think that number is staggering, consider this - according to a report in the New Yorker Magazine,when you factor in the people who are on parole, probation, juvenile detention and other forms of state control, the United States is keeping six million people under some form of correctional supervision—more than were in Stalin’s … [Read more...]