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“What would an anti-racist criminal justice strategy look like for the United States? Two prime objectives would be “restorative justice” and “democratic, civic capacity-building”: to renew, from the margins, the aspirations and energies of millions of americans, who are routinely denied employment, public housing, college loans and other opportunities due to prior felony convictions; to rebuild, within our political process, the involvement and confidence of millions of americans who are now unfairly excluded from exercising their democratic, constitutional right to vote; to reenergize the power of millions of unemployed and underemployed and to incorporate former prisoners back into the economy, in part by establishing effective vocational training and educational programs inside every correctional facility, and by eliminating the state-sanctioned lists of prohibited jobs that ex-prisoners are denied the right to apply for; to revive by civic engagement the latent leadership and talents of millions of americans who have been victimized by the new Racial domain, whether through unemployment, unjust incarceration, or disenfranchisement. ‘Restorative justice’ requires a therapeutic approach to jurisprudence, based on the availability of rehabilitation programs, constructive and creative alternatives that could begin the process of redirecting hundreds of thousands of nonviolent and drug-related offenders out of maximum security institutions. A truly anti-racist approach to crime would emphasize neighborhood courts, youth prevention programs, drug rehabilitation services, and non-confrontational policing strategies for most local crime. The articles in Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives each present very different dimensions of the problems of race, crime and justice. But what underscores each of them is the intellectual conviction that justice cannot exist whenever and wherever institutional racism – the systemic inequality of an entire people justified by their race – endures.”

Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics by Manning Marable

PSA: VOTING FOR A THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE IS NOT "THROWING AWAY YOUR VOTE"

Voting for a candidate who doesn’t represent your interests is throwing away your vote. Not voting at all because you “don’t care” is throwing away your vote.

Quit ragging on people who vote for third-party candidates. Voting for the “lesser of two evils” is still voting for an evil and just because the cognitive dissonance is getting to you doesn’t give you the right to shame someone who votes on their principles.

Meet Hilary Clinton

If you didn’t know Hilary Clinton, you probably should by now. Hilary is the wife to legendary president Bill Clinton. Despite the scandals they are still married. Hilary was not only the first lady and the United States Secretary of State, but also a Yale Law graduate. Her political life has existed longer than her personal one, and is too long to even describe.

Recently, in 2008 she ran for president with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. She lost, but supported him until the end. On April 12, 2015 she announced her candidacy for the presidency in 2016.

On the issues:

  • Pro-easy access to contraception
  • Pro-choice, but “that doesn’t mean pro-abortion”; also focuses on “keeping abortion rare”
  • Pro-women! Has promoted the progression of women in leadership for decades
  • Pro-gay rights as of June 2014
  • Pro-death penalty with restrictions
  • Pro-medical marijuana; waiting for evidence on recreational marijuana
  • Pro-restrictive gun laws
  • Pro-Obama care

A couple dozen more; please send an ‘ask’ for specific issues that Hilary Clinton has taken a stance on.

Political Party:

Democrat

Religion:

Methodist

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In anticipation of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Presidential announcement this weekend, here is a viral video of her greatest moments. She will literally slay as President if given the opportunity – this video is the proof. 

CHINA, HONG KONG : A homeless man reacts as students protesting for greater democratic rights march in Hong Kong on September 24, 2014. Striking students marched on Hong Kong’s financial district on September 24, taking their protest to the city’s commercial centre for the first time. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS

GOP's Racist Gerrymandering Takes Another Hit At The Supreme Court (VIDEO)

GOP’s Racist Gerrymandering Takes Another Hit At The Supreme Court (VIDEO)

Back in March the Supreme Court ruled on a controversial redistricting plan, drawn up by Alabama Republicans. In The Alabama Black Legislative Caucus v Alabama and The Alabama Democratic Caucus v Alabama five of the Supreme Court justices found the state’s redistricting plan, which was based on race, to be ‘legally erroneous’. At the time, many said the ruling was little more than a ‘small…

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2015 WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT:

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON’S FIRST SPEECH OF THE 2016 ELECTION

INSPIRATIONAL, FLAWLESS, AMAZING.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, are being fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

This is literally disgusting. This is what happens when the government abolishes private property rights, abolishes the right to contract, abolishes freedom of conscience and abolishes freedom of association. ALL anti-discrimination laws are sick and immoral. 

Shameful: Hardworking U.S. Senate Cook Must Rely On Food Stamps To Feed His Children

Shameful: Hardworking U.S. Senate Cook Must Rely On Food Stamps To Feed His Children

Bertrand Olotara, like many low-wage Americans in the service sector, works two jobs just to (barely) make ends meet. However, unlike those same Americans, his primary job is as a cook for the U.S. Senate. He works for a federal contractor, which can’t pay him less than $10.10 an hour as per an executive orderfrom President Obama. He only makes $12 an hour at that job, though, which, even though…

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Watch Hillary Clinton Smack Down Republicans… Over And Over Again (VIDEO)

Hillary Clinton’s big announcement has created quite the buzz amongst anyone and everyone who follows politics. Liberal-progressives are split over her. Some like her a lot, some do not like her and think we can do better, while others are not crazy about her but acknowledge that it’s basically Hillary or bust in 2016 for the Democrats. Things can change to be sure, but there won’t be another Barack Obama this time around to upstage her, and for that reason and a few other big ones, maybe it is best to accept that she just might be the only candidate capable of defeating the head clown from the GOP circus come 2016.

We have long ripped Democratic politicians for being too pragmatic and too soft, compared to Republican-style thuggery. It just seems like Republicans have always been better at being rabid attack dogs than the Democrats. And while there is some truth to the notion that Democrats should take the high road and beat the Republicans with actions and facts instead of words, some of us believe that Democratic politicians need to be able to dish it out better. President Obama has done fairly well in that department when necessary, calling out Republicans on their bullshit numerous times during his presidency, and we certainly hope whoever the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 can follow suit.

The below montage consists of numerous clips of Hillary kicking some GOP ass over the years. 

The lady pulls no punches and really knows how to fire back at partisan attacks from various Republicans. 

You may not love Hillary, or some of her past policies and decisions, but after watching the video, you’ll feel much more comfortable going to war against Republicans with her in your foxhole.

Watch Hillary’s badassery below:

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Tent cities have sprung up around the world and there are outcries at the responses from police forces and government, decrying the injustice against the rights of freedom of speech and protest.

Meanwhile in Vancouver:

Our democratic right to vote could use a little exercise. It’s getting flabby. Only 31 per cent of the Vancouver electorate voted in the last election, the fourth worst turnout since 1930.

I would like to say that I am behind the protesters in Vancouver. I believe in the anti-corporatism sentiments and the right to protest and freedom of speech.

However, let’s remember some basic math. You speak of the 99% that is being shunted. The focus is on this 1% that is getting unfair privilege, priority and control in our current society.

“Lois Jackson… was elected Mayor of Delta with 12,104 votes. A city of 2.5 million people is being run by someone with 12,000 votes.”

12, 000 out of 2,500,000 is 0.48 percent of Delta. Less than 1 percent decided their mayor. When the concern is that the majority is not being fairly treated, we should look to causes like the majority not being properly represented.  It’s not only Vancouver, or even Canada that is neglecting to participate in a crucial facet of democracy. Suffrage is a civil right alongside your rights to freedom of speech and to protest. Canada’s voter turnout in the last federal election was 61.1% and the USA’s voter turnout in the last presidential election was 57.37%.


When you’re fighting so strongly for one right, don’t neglect the others.

“What if they called an election and nobody bothered to show up?” is not a rhetorical question. It’s just the sad truth. And it comes just a week after Remembrance Day, when we honour those who died for what has turned out to be a poor excuse for democracy.

Waukee, Iowa (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz argued Saturday that Democrats have become so extreme and “intolerant” of religious views that “there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party.”

“There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage,” the Texas Republican said in his speech before a Christian conservative audience in Waukee, Iowa.

Cruz joined eight other presidential candidates and potential contenders on stage at the Iowa Faith and Freedom summit, where speakers railed against what they see as threats to religious liberty. For his part, Cruz alluded to business that faced pushback for declining to cater to same-sex weddings.

Many of the speakers also pointed to the recent debate over an Indiana religious liberty law that was designed to protect those who objected to participating in same-sex marriage ceremonies. But the law came under fire from critics who said it was discriminatory against same-sex couples, and its language was subsequently tweaked.

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments on whether to overturn same-sex marriage bans in states, Cruz introduced legislation last week that would protect bans in place.

Cruz urged the audience to “fall on our knees and pray” ahead of the Supreme Court’s final ruling on the issue, which is expected this summer.

“We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of marriage,” he said.

Us Democrats and folks in realityland know that we don’t follow an exclusionary version of God and Christianity as espoused by cranks like Cruz and believe in an inclusive version instead.

H/T: Ashley Killough at CNN