In the News

This article reports on the fact that many US prison officials are refusing to grant compassionate release to the vast majority of prisoners. Compassionate release is early release, on the grounds that the prisoner is within 12 months of death or completely and irrevocably incapacitated. The Bureau of Prisons, however, is refusing to send most prisoners' requests to court. Indeed,... Read more
Tags: #prison #massincarceration #humandignity #bureauofprisons, United States
         In response to the Senate passing a bill that approves TransCanada's constructing of their interstate Keystone XL pipleline, four tribes in South Dakota, including one I lived with this passed summer, have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to veto the bill. I chose this entry because climate change, although important, has dominated the media... Read more
Tags: Indigenous Rights, United States
Dr. Cornel West spoke at Stanford University on Thursday, February 12 at 6:30 PM at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The event was free and open to the public, and consisted of a lecture by Dr. West followed by a question-and-answer period with a graduate student in the School of Education and a visiting scholar from the University of Pennsylvania. In his lecture, Dr. West asked questions of the... Read more
Tags: academia, Activism, Ferguson, Race, North America
Here is an extract from East of Palo Alto’s Eden: Race and The Formation of Silicon Valley, a recent TechCrunch article by Kim-Mai Cutler on the racial segregation that shaped the history of Silicon Valley today:1950s: Residential Segregation In What Would Become Silicon ValleyA U.S. Air Force veteran who served on a gunner crew in the Korean War, Bob Hoover came to the Bay... Read more
Tags: Race, Racism, silicon valley, stanford, technology, Whiteness, North America
EXCERPT FROM COLORLINES:The circumstances surrounding the shooting have been called into question. Denver Police Chief Robert White said as much, telling reporters: “As it related to shooting and vehicles, our officers are directed that we do not shoot into moving vehicles unless their life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger,” White said. “And I will tell you that even if... Read more
The UN court will rule on the case filed by Croatia in 1999, in which they accused Serbia of committing genocide during the 1991-1995 war. Read more here.
Tags: Europe, genocide, Human rights, international court, UN
So, I was scanning through my Facebook posts just now, and someone I know who is a police officer had posted this image with statistics. The image compares the death toll of troops in the Iraq War since 2001 to the death toll of on-duty police officers since the same time period. The numbers are almost identical, but what strikes me about these statistics is how selective they are. Nowhere is... Read more
Tags: Militarization of the Police, North America
Check out this article, which covered the destruction of Palestininan homes in the West Bank this past week. The action, by Israel, has been deemed "illegal and unfair" by the United Nations. Curious to see how people are able to connect this to various other things happening here in the States, especially after #ReclaimMLK last weekend. All of these acts of oppression are relevant... Read more
Tags: Human rights, Israel, Justice, Palestine, Middle East
The Johnson chapter on spatial entitlement described how neighborhoods have been destroyed and reorganized to support racial hierarchies. Included is the story of the displacement of the Chavez Ravine community in Los Angeles in the early 1950s.  Chavez Ravine was a “self-sufficient” Mexican-American community.  However, over seven thousand families were removed from their houses... Read more
Tags: displacement, Eminent domain, United States