Category Archives: Commentary

The Coming Revolt of The Guards… in New York City?

Whether it is the war in Vietnam or Afghanistan… or whether the practices of a large police department: the most certain way to change directions is through a revolt of those who carry out the laws and policies of the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Profiteers: Entergy? or Intren, Inc.?

We have all seen the trucks: “Intren.”  Hundreds of them, most noticeable at 6pm crawling like ant colonies round Claiborne and I-10 back to their mounds, and workers to their hotels.  Nola gets their electricity (and gas) from Entergy, the … Continue reading

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Politics, Prisons, and Entergy- 10 Thoughts During Hurricane Issac

1.  If we treat storms that are labeled Category 1 as if they are Katrina’s mighty siblings, then we run the risk of numbing ourselves and tuning people out when a Category 4 or 5 blows through in another decade. … Continue reading

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Hunger Strikes, Solitary Confinement, and the United Nations Day In Support of Victims

Today marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  It also marks the 12th day of a hunger strike in Georgia prisons to protest the beatings, retaliation, and torture that came as a reaction to the … Continue reading

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So You Want To Be A Prosecutor? 6 Rules to get started.

I have recently had several conversations with aspiring prosecutors, all of whom have an idealist desire to punish wrong-doers and protect the public.  It became obvious that they had very limited experience with the criminal justice system at all.  I … Continue reading

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Officer: “I Don’t Give a F#@K Ni**er!” (prior to the shooting)

Following a pattern of racial slurs and racial abuse by members of White Plains Police Department, the Attorney General definitively proved that they cannot indict a ham sandwich (as the old adage goes).  After 68 year old Marine Kenneth Chamberlain … Continue reading

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“Racism” returns to America. Where Did It Go?

If the public issues of racism are back, and surprisingly to some, then this means racism must have gone somewhere, right?  It is important to remember that many of us are very segregated in our lives, particularly by class.  Racism … Continue reading

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Can We Take The Civil RIghts Era OFF The Postage Stamps?

Stamps are reserved for history, for settled matters.  You know Malcolm X has been officially stationed when he appeared on your stationary.  But that troubled era appears more revisited with every passing day.  Millions of people waited in prayers and … Continue reading

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Who Supports Education After Incarceration?

When the question of education after incarceration was raised on a national stage last fall, I never related to the view that puts a single individual under a microscope.  To me, it was always a systemic question; one that happened … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated: What My Mom Thinks I Do…

Can You guess who of the above served time in prison?

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