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Mamie Till and Tarsha Jackson: ‘Mothers at the Gate’

Mamie Till and Tarsha Jackson: ‘Mothers at the Gate’

In the summer of 1955, Mamie Till lived what could be described as a classic American life in the predominantly African-American South Side of Chicago. She lived with her son Emmett, who was 14 years old at the time. Family had always been important to Till, and she hoped to use the summer to reconnect with […]

News Analysis: The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

News Analysis: The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

California has long been seen as a harbinger on crime and punishment. During the tough-on-crime 1980s and ‘90s, California led the charge, passing “Three Strikes” and other harsh sentencing laws that became a model for other states to follow. In California, these laws led to prison crowding so extreme that the federal government put the […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

An Orlando Reflection: Damn Hate, Blessed Solidarity

Whatever the motivations of the perpetrator in Orlando, Florida–the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States–this is yet another sad example of the devastating consequences of intolerance, hate and prejudice. The man responsible, a young American born in New York to parents from Afghanistan, apparently pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS […]

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

Why College Protests Over Immigration Agents Are About Justice

  In late April at San Diego City College, over two-dozen students quickly mobilized after learning that Border Patrol agents would have a booth at the career fair. The students solicited support from their professors, who also reached out to community organizations and planned a public demonstration at the Quad where the career fair would […]

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me—as it is for the thousands of other mothers around the country who have lost sons and daughters to our nation’s merciless criminal justice system. On Sunday, I will gather with my children and grandchildren for a late breakfast. They will give me flowers and, from the littlest, hand-drawn cards. And […]

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