Category Archives: Commentary

Formerly Incarcerated Dog Part of World Series Honor (Seriously)

Today I got a call from a friend in prison, asking if I saw his old cellmate in Fenway Park during the 7th Inning Stretch.  You might have missed it, during the World Series tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing … Continue reading

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What Do Prosecutors Fail to Understand About Defense Counsel?

Around the nation there are prosecutors who are tasked with an overwhelming number of cases.  Occasionally they may have a serious felony, such as rape or murder, but what bogs them down is the immense number of simple possession charges … Continue reading

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Herman Wallace: “Get Me The F#@k Outta Here.”

Those are the timeless words reportedly uttered by Angola 3 member Herman Wallace, who was finally released from Angola State Penitentiary after over 40 years.  “Get me the f#@k outta here.”  Most of his time had been spent in solitary … Continue reading

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The Myth of Prison Slave Labor Camps in the U.S.

  A Displaced and Discarded Labor Force, originally appearing in Counterpunch, by JAMES KILGORE   As Adam Gopkin reminds us, “mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as … Continue reading

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Still Marching: 50 Years Later

I like to believe that more Americans believe in the concept of equal justice today than in 1963.  The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington will evoke different thoughts from different people, some with nostalgia, others with disdain.  My … Continue reading

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Hunger Strikes, Force Feeds, and Solitary Dreams

While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. These three aspects, all coming to new awareness this … Continue reading

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Does the Prosecution Rest? Changing the Narrative to Let Justice Be Done

The George Zimmerman trial is on my Facebook wall.  It is on TV at the gym.  Needless to say, from a guy who doesn’t have a TV: it is everywhere.  Because this case is one of the few high-profile cases … Continue reading

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Supreme Court and Voting Rights: What They Did, and What We Do Next

The good news:  Racism is over. The bad news:  This is the lie we keep telling ourselves while racist actions are still happening at the highest levels of government. For instance, a recent FBI investigation in Alabama recorded state senators … Continue reading

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Are you in a job or a Movement?

In the world of social justice there is a frequent reference to “The Movement.”  For those weary of being characterized as a “Lefty,” they may still refer to “a movement” or “movements” in recognition of ideas taking hold at a … Continue reading

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Is Racism Really This Blind?

UPDATE:  10 members of Congress call on the team to change their name. U.S. trademark law says that there is no commercial protection for a disparaging term or symbol.  In 1992, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed that “Redskins” … Continue reading

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