I’m sorry that so much is still so desperately wrong, unfair and miserable for so many but grateful to see that people are no longer patiently waiting for change to be handed down from on high.
I pray for the safety and healing of all involved in these violent altercation in Ferguson and elsewhere. I hope that this time the hidden and ignored misery of so many will truly be addressed and changed instead of swept back under the rug when the people vacate the streets.
Victoria Harper, Truthout: Discussing his new book, Henry A. Giroux argues that what unites racist killings, loss of privacy, the surveillance state’s rise, the increasing corporatization of US institutions and growing poverty and inequality “is a growing threat of authoritarianism – or what might be otherwise called totalitarianism with elections.”
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: People in Ferguson, Missouri, have been protesting for 10 days now and are showing no sign of stopping, following the killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a local police officer. Protesters have made their point: If there is no justice for Michael Brown, there will be no peace.
Ron Daniels, Institute of the Black World: It doesn’t matter that there is an African-American president of the United States or that blacks run Fortune 500 companies or are pace-setters as high paid entertainers and athletes; the killing of black men continues.
Joanne Stocker and Robin Jacks, Truthout: Analysis of less-lethal weapons deployed against residents of Ferguson, Missouri, reveals that police are using decades-old tear gas and riot control agents that may pose health risks to the community.
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: From police killings, to Stand Your Ground laws, to Medicaid refusal in majority-minority states, 50 years after Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act, activist Mab Segrest says structural racism is not just a problem for Missouri.
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout: “Our Fashion Year” – the year-long comics journalism investigation into connections between the garment trade and the sex trade – finally comes back home in this strip. In “Unraveling,” the threads that tie anti-human trafficking organizations to the international garment trade finally give way.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Not only are the people of Ferguson dealing with the traumatic death of Michael Brown and the resulting violent reactions to that death, they’re also dealing with debilitating poverty. Unfortunately, both of those experiences are likely to stick within the DNA of the Ferguson community for decades to come, thanks to something called epigenetics.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: As violence continues against protesters in Ferguson, we turn to john a. powell, professor of law, African-American studies and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “The black community tends be overpoliced and underprotected,” powell says. “That’s a very serious problem.”
Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: Journalist and author Barry Lynn sounds the alarm about one of the greatest threats to our liberty today: “When one or a handful of players dominate the marketplace, get ready for higher prices, low-quality products and crap wages for you and me.”
William J. Astore, TomDispatch: The latest US campaign in Iraq is an innovative profit center for the US arms industry and a jobs-creation exercise of the first order: we provide the weapons, we destroy them, then we provide more.
Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer, The Conversation: Taking everything into account, it seems that the process of warming oceans under climate change will inexorably lead to larger areas of oxygen-poor ocean, with all the knock-on effects for marine life that entails.
Lisa Graves, PR Watch: For more than 30 years, opponents of Social Security have peddled the lie that the Social Security Trust Fund is going bankrupt or is nearly insolvent. The truth is that Social Security wasn’t broke in 1980, 1990 or 2012, and it’s not broke today.
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Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The murder of Michael Brown, and the disastrous aftermath of police oppression in Ferguson, Missouri, reminds us that we cannot continue in a state of “snug unawareness” if we are to achieve full equality under the law – and in reality.
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