“The standard adage teaches hard cases make bad laws…. I fear that these cases suggest a corollary: Shocking cases make too much law.” — Justice Sonya Sotomayor, January 2016 In words that time will deem historic and progressive, Justice Sotomayor offered an insightful dissent last month in the Supreme Court’s review of Utah vs Strieff. […]
Category: Civil Liberties
By john a. powell and Maya Rockeymoore In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced a new initiative focused on the needs of boys and men of color. While the overall address received much applause, this new effort was met with a conspicuous silence. The president may have anticipated this less than […]
Hearing President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise. Yet it marks a bittersweet moment. For although there are no more Bull Connors with dogs chasing down African Americans, we continue to bury our head in […]
Democracy was founded on the principle that every voice should have a vote. As the end of this year draws near, those voices calling for a vote on immigration reform have never been louder. The calls are heard across cultures, across communities, across the country.
With the recent ruling in the George Zimmerman case debates on race relations have filled the headlines, along with heated commentary about the future of gun control legislation. Florida resident, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after pleading self defense. Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that under the Stand Your Ground laws of […]
Laura Murphy talks about state of constitutional rights, civil liberties, and civil rights as well as the Obama administration’s record on human rights in the United States. She also discusses how congress is addressing immigration and civil rights issues.