Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Civil rights icon Representative John Lewis leads House sit-in to demand vote on gun legislation

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead, Democrats in both houses of Congress have proposed legislation aimed to curb gun violence by expanding background checks to include guns purchased either online or at gun shows, and block anyone on the federal terrorist watchlist from purchasing deadly weapons. […]

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Surprising absolutely no one, Michigan’s testing of welfare recipients for drug use has yielded zero results

I posted the following on December 28, 2014, in a post titled “Unconstitutional, scientifically unsound, fiscally irresponsible, suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients comes to Michigan”. In what seems like a pretty clear attempt to appease the far right and drive more of Michigan’s poor from the public assistance rolls, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation […]

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Running out of things to say about mass shootings… well, almost

I tried to write something last night about the Orlando shooting that just left 50 people dead, but I gave up an hour or so into it. I’d sliced my hand open earlier in the day while working on the renovation of 209 Pearl Street, which made it difficult to type. [My right thumb was […]

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Davontae Staford, framed for four murders at the age of 14, is scheduled to return home tomorrow after serving nearly 9 years in prison

Over the past five years, I’ve written quite a bit on this site about a young man by the name of Davontae Sanford. As you may recall, Davontae, who is developmentally disabled and blind in one eye, was taken into police custody in Detroit at the age of 14 for the murder of four people […]

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Bestselling author Shaka Senghor takes us inside the “big warehouse of human misery” that is the American prison system, filmmaker Donald Harrison tells us about his new Commie High documentary, and we talk judicial reform with civil rights attorney Dick Soble… on episode 43 of the Saturday Six Pack

For those of you who didn’t catch episode 43 of The Saturday Six Pack when it was first broadcast a few weeks ago, it’s now available online. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you’ll find it embedded. If you’d rather not hear my voice, though, here are my abbreviated notes. Our first […]

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