Activism and accountability: a conversation with Cecily McMillan


Sometimes we see injustice in the ugly way we treat each other as human beings, like in an outsider who is shunned by social divisions, and only requires what all people do - love and acceptance. Sometimes injustice is what one sees in a misguided community's visceral reaction to a cultural event or tragedy. While Cecily's undeniable empathy brings her to the side of the former (she almost went to jail for trying help a Hispanic couple avoid it themselves), it is for her communities that her voice is loudest and her defense is strongest. It is there where she had her awakening.

The galling and the brave – police unaccountable to justice


"...the way we do policing needs to change."New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reacting to a grand jury's decision not to indict in the death of Eric Garner. After September 11, 2001, there was no pedestal too high on which to place the brave members of the NYPD, and by association, those who served all… Continue reading The galling and the brave – police unaccountable to justice

Supremacy is not tyranny – it’s in the Constitution


Arizona's SB 1070 and why the feds are suing to stop it"S.B. 1070 is invalid under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and must be struck down." (from the US Department of Justice complaint, United States v. State of Arizona (et al), dated: July 6, 2010)Like a hole in an Arizona border fence,… Continue reading Supremacy is not tyranny – it’s in the Constitution