Candice Bernd, Truthout: American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whose corporate members have heavily influenced lawmakers in creating national legislation and is now targeting local lawmaking, is meeting in Dallas, greeted by a wide array of actions by protesters, some of whom chained themselves to hotel doors.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Author Sarah Mirk’s sharp eye and ability to interview a wide array of people makes Sex from Scratch not only engaging, but insightful and entertaining.
Prince Charles Alexander, Truthout: Black music in the United States sounds the way it does because musicians are not at the table trying to make 21st century music. All musicians need to stop hating and get busy creating music that speaks to this generation.
Stephen Benavides, Truthout: Israel is using disproportionate and indiscriminate force against civilians through the targeting of schools, religious institutions and government infrastructure.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: While the resumption of violence is terrible news, there are positive, important things to report. Here are some ideas to pressure leaders for humanitarian relief in Gaza.
Daniela Pastrana, Inter Press Service: A new law passed in Puebla makes it possible for police to use firearms or deadly force to break up demonstrations. Local inhabitants felt the impact of the measure during a harsh crackdown on a protest against another law that they say undermines their autonomy.
Mariam Elba, Waging Nonviolence: Over the past few weeks as the Israeli offensive in Gaza brings more tragic consequences for Palestinians, there have also been large solidarity demonstrations throughout the world. Among the youngest and most remarkable of the groups protesting against the destruction in Gaza is If Not Now, When?
Aaron Mendelson, Making Contact: Nationally, American prisons release more than 650,000 people into society every year. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Memphis or Boston. This is the story of one man’s journey beyond bars.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: A maelstrom of extremism is battering the United States of America, weakening and eroding the fundamental values of tolerance and inclusion embodied by our beautiful Constitution.
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