Call To Demilitarize Police Grows, Gains New Supporters August 29, 2014
The far left, the far right and what seems like everyone in between are coming together on one particular issue: demilitarizing U.S. police forces.
Louisiana Prisoners Sue State For Failing To Provide Mental Health Care By Frederick Reese
Six people found not guilty by reason of insanity are being held in parish jails. Their class action lawsuit reflects a broader national problem: far too many mentally ill people are being held in prison and not receiving the care they need.
“Re-Fracking” Concerns Prompt Questions On Politics’ Role In Fracking Debate By Frederick Reese
Fracking regulation is generally weak and unenforced across the country. A new technology, “re-fracking,” brings with it even more potential harm, and it’s going ahead -- all in the name of energy security.
Who Benefits From Police Militarization? (INFO-GRAPHIC) By Frederick Reese
Local and state police are more than happy to take the military’s materiel cast-offs, but the people they’ve vowed to serve and protect aren’t the ones benefitting most from increasingly armored and heavily armed police -- just ask the people of Ferguson.
Demonstrators Rally Against Wisconsin’s Broken Prison System By Frederick Reese
Members of a faith-based coalition rally in Milwaukee, urging the governor to “use the authority granted by the people of Wisconsin to reform this cruel, unjust, inefficient and dangerous system NOW.”
Questions About Race, Profit Surround Private Youth Prisons By Frederick Reese
Over 40 percent of Americans under 23 have been arrested. What kind of care or treatment do juveniles in the private prison system receive? And does race matter?
Human Rights Issues Emerge As Assange’s Health Deteriorates By Frederick Reese
Assange says he’s leaving Ecuador’s embassy in London “soon,” but not giving himself up to British authorities. WikiLeaks spokesman confirms Assange’s “bags are packed.”
Shooting Of Unarmed Missouri Teen Reflects An Out-Of-Control Police Force By Frederick Reese
There’s a sense among many that the police are growing to be more of a liability than an asset and that law enforcement isn’t necessarily fulfilling its “to serve and protect” duties.
Are Cable Giants Buying Federal Government Influence? By Frederick Reese
Comcast and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring an event honoring an FCC commissioner, leading some to speculate that they’re greasing federal wheels.
Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Goes Beyond Economics By Frederick Reese
Infrastructure is the lifeblood not just of the American economy, but of American life. How much longer can we pretend it’s not a problem that it’s falling apart?