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Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers

by Bill Quigley 

Never in living history -- not even when Ronald Reagan won the White House -- have activists been so visibly distraught. The author has gathered some suggestions for coping with post-election trauma. “We need to stay centered, to foster actual human connection and build a shared commitment to struggle together.” 

Social Justice Attorney Andrea Burton: Jailed for Refusing to Remove Black Lives Matter Lapel Pin

by Bill Quigley

A young Black lawyer from Youngstown, Ohio, had to sue a judge who held her in contempt of court for wearing a Black Lives Matter pin. The judge said his decision had nothing to do with politics. “The local NAACP chapter questioned that assertion and wondered whether the Judge would have jailed Burton if she was wearing a ‘Support the Troops’ pin.” Atty. Andrea Burton ultimately agreed to wear her pin in the courthouse, but not in the courtroom.

Eighteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Legal System

by Bill Quigley

How may we imprison you? Let us count the ways. The U.S. criminal justice system seems designed primarily for one purpose: “to incarcerate as many black and brown people as possible.” The author lists 18 ways America makes prison a much more likely destination for Blacks and browns than for whites.

Katrina Pain Index 2016 by the Numbers: Race and Class Gap Widening

by Bill Quigley 

When much of Black New Orleans was forced out of town in the wake of Katrina, the powers-that-be welcomed the opportunity to make the purge permanent. Today, “there are 95,625 fewer African Americans living in New Orleans now than in the 2000 Census.” The state of Louisiana “continues to rank dead last in poverty, racial disparities and exclusion of immigrants.” 

Baton Rouge: “Put Those Damn Weapons Down!”

by Bill Quigley 

Militarized cops are running amuck in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hundreds of people protesting the death of Alton Sterling have been arrested and many more had guns pointed at them by riot-geared cops seemingly unconstrained by any notion of law. Protesters, journalists and neighborhood residents are locked up for bogus reasons, unlawful reasons, or no apparent reason at all. The justice system is criminal.

Louisiana Number One in Incarceration

by Bill Quigley

With over 38,000 people in prison, Louisiana is first in the planet in per capita incarceration. Plus, “there are an additional 69,000 people in Louisiana on probation and parole.” Race is the primary factor that makes the Bayou State the global champion of imprisonment. “Louisiana has been much more severe in sending black people to prison than whites, at least after black people were no longer slaves.”

No Lawyers? No Jail. Judge Demands Constitution Be Respected in Louisiana Public Defender Catastrophe

by Bill Quigley 

The state that incarcerates more people per capita than any other is in blatant violation of the Constitution for failing to provide defendants with an adequate – or any – legal defense. So says a (Black) New Orleans judge, who has ordered the release of defendants that have been denied their right to a lawyer. However, Louisiana seems unrepentant. The state Public Defender’s office is targeted for an additional 66 percent funding cut in a few months.

Katrina, Climate Justice and Fish Dinners: Social Justice Lawyer Colette Pichon Battle

by Bill Quigley 

A young corporate lawyer returned to Louisiana to immerse herself in the post-Katrina struggles of her people. “People were being asked, in the middle of trauma, to sign away rights and legal documents on property and your land that are going to have ramifications for generations.” In New Orleans, Atty. Battle learned that “rebuilding since the storm favors privileged private enterprise and this illusion of recovery is not progress."

Public Defender Meltdown in Louisiana

by Bill Quigley 

Equal justice under the law is a mere abstraction, or a cruel joke, if you’re a captive of the State and don’t have a lawyer. Louisiana’s public defender offices are broke, unable to provide the most elementary protections of defendants’ rights. “The constitutional guarantee of speedy trial is gone and death penalty cases are grinding to a halt.”

Ten Troubling Numbers Labor Day 2015

by Bill Quigley

U.S. workers are in bad shape. Two-thirds of poor people have jobs that don’t lift them out of poverty. Actual unemployment is at least twice as high as the official figure. Blacks are twice as jobless as whites, as they have been for generations. CEO’s make hundreds of times more than their employees. The employment disaster is closely linked to the act that “union membership is at its lowest rate in 70 years.”

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at Ten: Who Was Left Behind

by Bill Quigley

A decade after the Katrina catastrophe, 100,000 people have still not returned to New Orleans, most of them Black. Whites in the city have gotten a lot richer, yet poverty still stalks Black neighborhoods, the public schools have been almost totally charterized, and rents have skyrocketed – all in the name of “renewal.”

40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People

by Bill Quigley 

There are many paths to prison in the United States, the undisputed world leader in incarceration. The process begins with hyper-surveillance that can last a lifetime. “Not until Black men reach 50 years old do their rate of police stops for this kind of treatment dip below those of white men twenty five and under.”

2015 Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

by Bill Quigley 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 declaration that the U.S. was the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world” remains true, today. “We must commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.”

Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

by Bill Quigley 

The “unseen hand” of neo-liberal capitalism has swept millions into the streets of the United States, where authorities seek to render homelessness, itself, unseen. Below are some essential facts about the legions of Americans whose right to shelter is unfulfilled.

Why is Cornel West the only black face recognizable to US TV audiences with the integrity to speak against Israeli apartheid?

Why is Cornel West the only black face recognizable to US TV audiences with the integrity to speak against Israeli apartheid & our role in sustaining it?

While the Congressional Black Caucus was co-signing Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza, Dr. Cornel West spoke against Israeli apartheid. But where is our prosperous & powerful black political class? Where is the black church?

The Real News Network: Glen Ford: Black Political Elite Continue To Support Israeli Apartheid, Assault on Gaza

The Real News Network: Glen Ford: Black Political Elite Continue To Support Israeli Apartheid, Assault on Gaza

Glen Ford examines how our black political class, whose brand is associated with opposing apartheid in the US and South Africa, supports apartheid & ethnocracy in Israel.

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