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.

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The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown


"He's evil." - Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaking to Al Jazeera America about former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, Darren Wilson When I went to Germany, eight years ago, my friend in Hanover was less than enthused when she found out we had been to visit the museum at the Dachau concentration camp, near… Continue reading The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown

Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation


Oh freedom, Oh freedom, Oh freedom over me And before I'll be a slave, I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my lord and be free Lulled and complacent among a couple of thousand righteous liberals and progressives, what should be seen is often easily hidden. The obvious remains obscured behind conversations… Continue reading Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation

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

Racism and Ferguson: a systemic problem requires a systemic solution


The systemic assault on the body of American society is evident these days in the continuing epidemic of cop-on-black intimidation, threat and murder brought to light most recently with the choke-hold killing of Eric Garner, in New York, and the shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Our laws, and those who represent them, are supposed to be the anti-bodies to this type of viral infection. Human decency isn't regulated by law, but by a sense that we actually are all part of the same body. The anti-bodies are obviously corrupted when police officers refer to the protesters as "fucking animals," and a faulty judicial system puts its own money-driven survival ahead of the welfare of the citizens it is meant to protect.