The Law of Progress
The Law of Progress. My mother’s mother used to say that it took four generations to get the black out; I’m the fourth generation so who I mate with will …
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Victoria Law: “We understood that prisons and police …
(1 days ago) Victoria Law’s new book, Prisons Make Us Safer: And 21 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration, exposes the contradictions of a carceral state that weds public safety to the violence of police and prisons.In less than 200 pages, Law explodes myths about the promise of prison reform, the root causes of crime, and the effectiveness of policing and incarceration.
Elegy – Guernica
(4 days ago) The law lives primarily in the gut, and it is writing outside the law that illuminates how differently what is enacted is embodied among those who create the law and those who must bear it. Long Soldier’s “38” is an extraordinary poem that unravels the interlocking grammar of law and poetry.
The Devil’s Advocate
(8 days ago) What the law permits and what policymakers chose to do are entirely different things. Second, there was nothing wrong—and everything right—with analyzing a law that establishes boundaries on interrogation in the war on terrorism. Unlike previous wars, our enemy now is a stateless network of religious extremists.
Gui Stampur: Reform Is Long Overdue
(Just Now) [The law] is antiquated and doesn’t protect those who need it most. We’ve been waiting for immigration reform and nothing has happened. I’m not optimistic that’ll happen under this president. There’s been this deportation assault that’s taken place that makes us quite defensive.
Aviva Chomsky: Immigration Mythology: The Rules Apply …
(9 days ago) The rules were different then. U.S. law explicitly limited citizenship and naturalization to white people. Nonwhites, however, were denied both entry and citizenship. Through a complex process of omission and commission, the law dictated open immigration for white people and restricted immigration for people of color.
The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave
(9 days ago) To make matters worse, federal drug forfeiture laws allow state and local law enforcement agencies to keep for their own use 80 percent of the cash, cars, and homes seized from drug suspects, thus granting law enforcement a direct monetary interest in the profitability of the drug market. Recent data shows that much of black progress is a myth.
Not the Perfect Victim
(1 days ago) The American justice system has a history of criminalizing sex workers’ bodies. Sex work is against the law in all states except Nevada, which in some counties allows for regulated work in brothels. “Outdoor workers,” who look for clients on the street, are more likely to be trans, queer, housing-insecure, and/or people of color.
That Night, It Never Ends: A Story of Life With
(2 days ago) He studied law and helped other prisoners with their cases. In 2005, after his third parole hearing, he was released. He became involved in prisoners’ rights issues, enrolled in college, and formed a theatre company that produced several plays he had written. After finishing five years of parole, Bruce transferred his probation to Louisiana
Lav Diaz: Slow Burn
(8 days ago) The martial law babies were divided into those who became loyal to Marcos, and the others, like me, who were trying to confront this very dark force in our history. Everything [I experienced] is pretty much in From What Is Before. I was growing up in this barrio when martial law was declared. I was in my second year of high school.
What Seems to Be the Problem, Officer
(9 days ago) He often thought about going to law school. He spent off-hours practicing on the firing range and acquired an arsenal of BB guns and hunting rifles: a Walther and a target pistol and a muzzle-loader, so many guns he couldn’t fit them all in one cabinet. Our front closet was filled with his sports coats, which hung alongside a bulletproof vest.
The Story of the Story of O
(4 days ago) The Story of O shocked readers worldwide with its sadomasochistic love affair written in a style “too direct, too cool, to be that of a woman.” Carmela Ciuraru examines the life of O’s author.. Photograph via Flickr by Vectorportal. Not many authors can boast of having written a best-selling pornographic novel, much less one regarded as an erotica classic—but Pauline Réage could.
Karen Greenberg: Guilty Until Proven Guilty
(9 days ago) A jury should consider all the facts that the law allows to be presented to them in the context of the presumption of innocence; and those twelve jurors should come up with their own determination of guilt or innocence. In the case of KSM, the courts would confront a figure whose role in terrorist attacks on U.S. targets is known and recognized
Recognizing Blackness in Chile
(9 days ago) Collectively, the northern organizations have launched three attempts to get a law passed on state recognition, but each time, the proposed bills have been undermined in some way; they’ve been put off with reassurance for future consideration, or else passed on one level without actual implementation. Though a limited, regional census in 2014
Blood and Power: Investigating a Ritual Murder
(4 days ago) Kehleay is well known in Ganta, and his father-in-law is Francis Kporpor, the Chief Justice of Liberia’s Supreme Court. Jacob says he first met Kehleay in the summer of 2015 while working as a security guard at Star Bar, a local nightclub. Jacob would park and watch over his jeep, and Kehleay took a liking to him, calling him “small
The Consequences of El Salvador’s Abortion Ban
(7 days ago) Law, Ethics, and Doctors’ Reports to Police. The obligation of safeguarding a patient’s secrets is ancient. For over twenty-four hundred years, medical doctors have embraced the precepts articulated in the Hippocratic oath. Recited at medical school graduations worldwide, one of the oath’s central tenets is the following pledge
Katie Ryder: The Truth About Religious Freedom
(6 days ago) At its basest level, our equality under the law means that we have equal rights to self-preservation. If this is a “political” stance, it is the political stance of our constitution. Brian Walsh, writing in the National Review in October, said, like many others, that he sees “hostility” toward religion manifest in laws like the
Bolivia’s Quest to Spread the Gospel of Coca
(2 days ago) Bolivia’s new coca law included articles committing the government to supporting the nascent industry through research and market development. In 2016, the foreign ministers of Bolivia and Ecuador inked a bilateral export agreement for coca products to enter the Ecuadorian market, and Morales has said that talks were underway with Venezuela
Nikole Hannah-Jones: How the Supreme Court
(1 days ago) However, Scalia, who was an administrative law scholar before becoming a constitutional law scholar, has also said he believes in deference to agency regulations. But several legal scholars pointed out that the Court’s track record under Chief Justice Roberts provides little certainty that it will follow that precedent.
Kidnapped, Tortured, and Navigating an
(Just Now) López graduated from law school in 2011 and enrolled in a post-graduate degree two years later, pursuing a double specialization in international and human rights law. It wasn’t until 2015, when López was finishing her second degree that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights agreed to hear her case—eight years after her initial
The Alamo is a Rupture
(4 days ago) Yes an American Law was created to rip thousands of people from their homes and was used to legally allow America to terrorize and gain ownership of virtually all the islands in the Pacific. What about the illegal invasion of Panama where a private army sanction by America secretly invaded a …
The Family Dolls, Featuring Charlie, Leslie, & More – Guernica
(5 days ago) 24 Following the first planned assassination carried out by the ETA, a Basque separatist organization, nationwide unrest and riots, and the arrest of 300 students in Madrid, the Spanish government declares a state-of-emergency, and martial law. The ETA will murder over 800 people, and kidnap dozens, in coming years.
Strange Bedfellows: Lesbian Moms and Anti-Gay Legal Groups
(9 days ago) Nancy Polikoff is the author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage and a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. Polikoff teaches Sexuality and the Law and has taught Family Law for more than 20 years. She posts regularly about LGBT family issues at the Bilerico Project and at her blog.
An Open Letter to Senator John Edwards: The
(9 days ago) Although there is case law which supports the right to have votes counted in public, this is the election integrity jackpot, a Constitutional provision prohibiting counting votes in secret! No more need to refer to case law, evidence, or logic to argue against secret vote counting, at least in South Carolina.
Wilson and the Racial Equality Clause
(1 days ago) And by May of 1913—two months into Woodrow Wilson’s presidency—the California Alien Land Law was passed, which targeted Asian immigrants by denying them the right to own or lease land. So it was in Paris in the first weeks of negotiations, that Wilson was taken aback when the Japanese delegation informed him that Japan’s support for the
(1 days ago) Law reforms declaring race and disability discrimination illegal haven’t solved concentrated joblessness, poverty, homelessness, or criminalization of people with disabilities and people of color. Often people who the law says should have equal chances at jobs still don’t have equal chances at jobs, and they’re still on the losing side of
Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization
(9 days ago) Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization. Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ming Cheng was born in the cruelest place on Earth—a village that sprawled through six green hills, so far out west in Sichuan province that the maps had no names for what was there. The village lay beneath a dome of clouds, with rain that could bite right through her
(7 days ago) The law shouldn’t give them any long time. A police should be glad when one twist a jaw. Lock a neck, buss a face, or break open a store. He should be merry when somebody violate the law. For that is what the government is paying him for. But if somebody don’t bust somebody face.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: India’s Third Gender
(8 days ago) The British brought in laws like the Criminal Tribes Act [a colonial-era law restricting Indian tribal communities], and Section 377 [a colonial law that criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature”]. After independence, nothing happened. The British mentality was still very deeply rooted in society, and 200 years of British
The Limits of Jurisdiction
(5 days ago) Under Guatemalan law, a child without known parents or relatives had to go through a series of steps before being declared legally abandoned and thus available for adoption. The child would be brought before a judge, who would set a date for a hearing meant to …
The Shameful Murder of Dodd-Frank
(9 days ago) The law included a one-year delay, ostensibly to give regulators time to iron out these sorts of details. But the real purpose of the delay, it’s now obvious, was to give the Street time to expand the loopholes and fill the details with pablum—when the public stopped looking.
Jake Whitney: The Supreme Court and the Spying-on-Doctors
(9 days ago) This is consistent with Vermont’s law: by controlling drug costs and limiting the influence of drug reps (studies have shown that increased time with reps leads doctors to prescribe against their patients’ best interests), the state is acting in the public good. In the end, though, this law has little to do with free speech.
Citizens United, the Koch Brothers, Corruption, and
(9 days ago) Seth Endo joined the faculty at the New York University School of Law in 2015. Earlier, he was a legal fellow at Demos. Liz Kennedy. Liz Kennedy is director of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress. Earlier, she worked on voting rights, money in politics, and corporate accountability as a campaign strategist and
John Sevigny: Texas thugs
(3 days ago) Despite my objections to US immigration policies, the Border Patrol is a law enforcement agency with a fine reputation, even among some of the undocumented immigrants agents detain. As a journalist in Brownsville and Laredo in the late 1990s, two small cities on the Texas-Mexico border, I spent many nights riding around with Border Patrol
Philip C. Winslow: Weapons of War in Gaza: Israel and
(9 days ago) Philip C. Winslow: Weapons of War in Gaza: Israel and International Law Although investigations into the hyper-violent 22-day war should be done, Israel, along with all states and non-state belligerents, must go further and review the weapons they use and how they use them.
Cora Currier: The Drone War Doctrine We Still
(2 days ago) He continued that “everything we do, though, that is carried out against Al Qaeda is carried out consistent with the rule of law, the authorization on the use of military force, and domestic law… that’s the whole purpose of whatever action we use, …
Is Fair Use Regaining Its Mojo
(9 days ago) Many musicians cower at actually using the “fair use doctrine” of copyright law because they know that Big Media has the legal firepower to impose its own definition of the law. Rather than get tagged as a “pirate” and endure huge legal expenses fighting to vindicate their rights, most musicians are inclined to play it safe and keep a
Jennifer Hijazi: Climate and the Courts
(7 days ago) Climate change has been happening for over a century. But climate law—in the United States, at least—is still relatively new. Its watershed moment was the landmark Supreme Court case Massachusetts v. EPA, wherein several states and environmental groups challenged the Environmental Protection Agency on its refusal to consider greenhouse gases air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
David Grann: The Devil Was Standing Right There – Guernica
(5 days ago) The truth, Grann learned, is much more insidious than the murderousness of a single bad seed. An extensive network of complicity—involving law enforcement, oilmen, politicians, doctors, neighbors, and even white relatives of the Osage by marriage—conspired to conceal the systematic killing of the Osage by white opportunists.
Portrait of the Mother as an Artist – Guernica
(4 days ago) “Revolution is the harmony of form and color and everything exists, and moves, under only one law = life.” In Mum’s studio, there is a color wheel, the type that comes with black stencil overlays delineating and regrouping opposing and complementary hues.
This is a Dad Story
(8 days ago) Elizabeth Crane is the author of two novels, We Only Know So Much (now a major motion picture) and The History of Great Things, as well as four collections of short stories: When the Messenger Is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory, You Must Be This Happy to Enter, and Turf.Her work has been adapted for the stage by Steppenwolf Theater and featured on NPR's Selected Shorts.
Polyamory and the New Struggle for Civil Rights
(7 days ago) Polyamory and the New Struggle for Civil Rights. Flickr user Kumar's Edit. It is tempting to suggest that our generation’s struggles over marriage and civil unions have already been won. Even for those of us outside the United States, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges was a historic moment: to witness the
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Will the Supreme Court Get Back
(3 days ago) By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. As I tell my law students, Loving v.Virginia is my all-time favorite Supreme Court case. This is so for very selfish reasons. Without Loving, my parents could not have been married in the Commonwealth where I grew up.Loving is the 1967 case in which the Supreme Court struck not just Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, but also similar laws in 15 other states.
Nancy D. Polikoff : LGBT Families Should Not
(9 days ago) Nancy D. Polikoff is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches Sexuality and the Law and has taught Family Law for more than twenty years. To read more blog entries from GUERNICA click HERE . SUBSCRIBE TO GUERNICA’S RSS FEED. Share Tweet E-mail
A State of Captivity: Immigrants Detained
(5 days ago) In 1996, Bill Clinton signed two acts into law that accelerated the detention and removal of non-citizen criminals. But the formation of ICE was a direct effort to capitalize on the newfound fear of global threats post-9/11 by focusing on national security , …
The Evaporation of American Political Dissent – Guernica
(8 days ago) Politicians, law enforcement officials, and commentators dutifully paid lip service to the First Amendment in theory, all the while in practice looking impatiently at their watches, ready to shout at the earliest opportunity, “Time’s up! Now disperse and shut up!” And then to compel that directive with disproportionate force, mass arrests