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Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:38

by Bill Quigley

Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:39

by Bill Quigley 

The most recent crop of veterans is in trouble, especially in terms of joblessness, homelessness and mental health. Is it because vets find it harder to re-enter society, or is the society they are re-entering an increasingly hostile and dysfunctional place?

Sixty Five Million Left Out of July 4 Celebration

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:30

by Bill Quigley

America’s incarcerated, homeless, poor – including four million subsisting on less than $2 a day – undocumented migrants and dispossessed aboriginal peoples are excluded from the “patriotic” festivities.

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:46

by Bill Quigley

All told, pubic subsidies and props to the wealthiest Americans total in the trillions of dollars. Federal, state and local governments have become profit centers for corporations. “Each major piece of legislation contains new welfare for the rich and corporations.

Why I Represent the New Orleans Immigrant Workers Who Committed Civil Disobedience

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:48

by Bill Quigley

The immigrant workers that helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina have been targeted for removal from the city. “If they go to the laundromat or the barber shop or the grocery store, they will be targeted for nothing more than looking Latino.”

Racist Pot Prosecution in Louisiana

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:44

by Bill Quigley

Although whites and Blacks use marijuana at roughly equal rates, Blacks are far more likely to be arrested for possession. In Louisiana, the racial bias in prosecution is extreme. “In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites.”

Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 13:52

by Bill Quigley

The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

Florida “Dream Defenders” Confront Racialized Justice System

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 14:17

by Bill Quigley

The young people occupying the Florida governor’s office seek more than just repeal of Stand Your Ground laws. They are crafting and proposing “a full legislative package to challenge the criminalization of our generation.”

MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 14:48

 

by Bill Quigley

The three great evils cited by Dr. Martin Luther King have proliferated since his passing. Here’s an index of their influence, today.

Hundreds of Thousands Homeless in Haiti Three Years After Earthquake

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 15:13

by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas

The military occupation of Haiti could not possibly have been intended to help the Haitian people, whose material conditions have dramatically worsened under foreign rule. Most dramatically, “360,000 Haitians are still displaced and living hand to mouth in 496 tent camps across the country.” “How can a nation be expected to grow unless it leads its own reconstruction?”

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:22

 

by Bill Quigley

Including those whose lives were destroyed by United States policies, actions and inaction.

Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 14:19

 

by Bill Quigley

The ties that bind the two corporate parties and their presidential candidates are much stronger than any differences that separate them. That’s why a progressive platform could be built almost entirely around opposition to those positions shared by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Below is a litany of issues that will not see the light of day in corporate campaign 2012.

Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:24

 

by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger

Racists and land-grabbers were celebrating the inundation of New Orleans even before the dead had been counted. A “new” New Orleans, they predicted, would rise out of the floodwaters. Seven years later, it is a city of excruciating pain – as indexed by the authors.

Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 23:57

 

by Bill Quigley

The United States is engaged in assassination and war crimes by drones in at least five nations around the globe, in violation of both U.S. and international law. It is a campaign of “extrajudicial ultimate death for people who have not been convicted of anything.” Barbarically, “the US also frequently fires drones again at people who show up at the scene of an attack, thus deliberately targeting rescuers and mourners.”

Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 23:33

 

by Bill Quigley

The national security state grew exponentially following 9/11, and now includes nearly 4,000 organizations across the country, employing technologies, old and new. Americans have been enlisted to track each other. “The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative stores the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime but who are alleged to have acted suspiciously.”

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