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Mass Incarceration, Race and Gun Background Checks. Reenforcing Implicit Bias

Nov 5, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance, Top Story  //  Comments Off

The combination of the Tough on Crime laws of the 1980s and 1990s (still partially in effect today) and federal gun background checks contribute to a double victimization for many African-Americans.

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Boehner’s Resignation. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?

Sep 27, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

Speaker Boehner was apparently oblivious to the origins and racial controversies surrounding the song he was singing during his resignation announcement.

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From Charleston to Newtown to Human Rights, US Failing its Legal Obligations

Jul 29, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance, Top Story  //  Comments Off

There’s been a lot of talk recently, by our President and others, about gun violence and race relations. How to simultaneously address both? Have our country live up to its legal obligations under ICERD by putting a National Plan of Action in place.

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Exploiting Racial Terror for Gun Control, and How that Hurts the Cause

Jul 6, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance, Top Story  //  Comments Off

It is beyond inappropriate to leverage the Charleston church massacre, an act of racial terror, to push for background checks on gun sales when that measure, as reported by major news agencies, did not prevent the crime, nor was it designed to capture those holding hateful beliefs. And doing so weakens the gun violence prevention movement by keeping the attempts to limit gun violence at an initiative-based level rather than a broader issue-based level that both recognizes the complex nature of gun violence and encompasses all segments of our society.

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Charleston is Not About Gun Violence. Its About Racial Terrorism

Jun 24, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance, Top Story  //  Comments Off

To understand what happened in Charleston it becomes necessary to confront the horrific and enduring history of racial terrorism in this country, terrorism that continues to this day as part of a dangerous global movement uniting white supremacists across the US, Europe and Australia.

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Gun Violence Prevention: A Tale of Two Worlds

Jun 18, 2015   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

The mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC provides yet another stark example of the death that can result from the racial divide that plagues our country and that the issue of gun violence in America is not a one size fits all matter.

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Guns, Government, Race and Rights. ‘The Demographics, Stupid’.

Mar 24, 2015   //   Box 1, Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

In unapologetic fashion, this paper makes the case that the time has come for activist groups to abandon business-as-usual tactics and go on the offensive to change the political landscape in Washington, D.C.

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African-American Gun Violence Victimization. Just One Contributor to Millions of Premature Deaths

Feb 5, 2015   //   Box 2, Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

That some lives matter more than others is evidenced when the well-documented shortfall in African-American life expectancy is translated into millions of premature deaths. The loss of life to grossly disproportionate gun violence in the African-American community is but a minor contributor to the broader effects of racial discrimination. With our current knowledge of factors that adversely affect health and thus life, has the plight of our African-American community crossed the threshold of being declared a crime against humanity?

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Gun Violence and Human Rights: Welcome to the Family

Nov 19, 2014   //   Box 3, Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

With two separate human rights committees declaring this year that rampant gun violence in the United States constitutes a violation of our government’s duty to protect life, gun violence finds itself as being but one member in a family of related disorders in our country. It is beyond coincidence that all disproportionately affect the same victims and that all are fostered by the same hateful and discriminatory ideology held on the political right. Although other members of this family claim far more lives than does gun violence, it is the dramatic and highly publicized nature of major gun violence events that raises public outrage as well as tens of millions of dollars in funding. Our country now has the demography to weaponize human rights in our political process. And gun violence prevention, with its resources and political connections, can accomplish much more than just its own cause, and far more quickly, by simply changing its focus.

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Placing Gun Violence into a Human Rights Framework: Our Moral Imperative

Sep 23, 2014   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

Today’s gun violence prevention movement has developed the organizational structures, political connections and deep financial pockets to impact both Congress and public opinion. The use those resources to inject human rights into our political dialog, along with the voices of Congressional allies, becomes a moral imperative for our leaders.

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Mass Incarceration, Race and Gun Background Checks. Reenforcing Implicit Bias

The combination of the Tough on Crime laws of the 1980s and 1990s (still partially in effect today) and federal gun background checks contribute to a double victimization for many African-Americans.


Boehner’s Resignation. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?

Speaker Boehner was apparently oblivious to the origins and racial controversies surrounding the song he was singing during his resignation announcement.


From Charleston to Newtown to Human Rights, US Failing its Legal Obligations

There’s been a lot of talk recently, by our President and others, about gun violence and race relations. How to simultaneously address both? Have our country live up to its legal obligations under ICERD by putting a National Plan of Action in place.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.