Posted in Analysis Cannabis

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

by  Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University and Paul Seaborn, University of Virginia Sunday, May 2 The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats? by  Ryan Calo, University of Washington Saturday, May 1,…

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A crowd listen to speeches for racial justice in Portland, Oregon on July 23, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Health News Policing Women

Hundreds say menstrual cycles impacted after exposure to police tear gas at Oregon protests

“This isn’t a coincidence. Something’s going on,” said one person who was exposed. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, April 29, 2021   Hundreds of people reported in a new study that they experienced abnormal menstrual…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Chauvin guilty on all counts, including murder of George Floyd

One racial justice advocate said that there are “no victories today,” for “justice would mean George Floyd is still with us.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, April 20, 2021       After deliberating for…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

‘Entire system is to blame’: Outrage builds after police union leader says officer killing of unarmed teen was ‘heroic’

“Ending this isn’t just about consequences for who pulls the trigger. It’s about admitting to and confronting an entire system that exists to protect, defend, and cover up state violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Footage of Chicago Police shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo fuels outrage

“If you’re shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination,” said an attorney for the boy’s family. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer April 15, 2021   Editor’s note: The video…

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Posted in Democracy News

Rights defenders decry advancement of Oklahoma anti-protest bills

‘The OK Legislature Wants Us Dead’ The head of the state’s ACLU accused Oklahoma lawmakers of “attempting to silence the voices of their constituents and criminalize vital calls for accountability and racial justice.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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Posted in Biden Administration

Biden’s embrace of Trump-era fentanyl ban ‘threatens to repeat past missteps,’ critics warn

One expert urged policymakers to “rethink these efforts to double down on fear-based, enforcement-first approaches, and instead invest in public health alternatives.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer April 14, 2021   After the Biden administration this…

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Steven Carrillo is charged with murdering a Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff and a security officer guarding Oakland’s federal courthouse. Credit: (FRONTLINE)
Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

“I felt hate more than anything”: how an active duty airman tried to start a Civil War

The Effort to Overturn the Election Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot,…

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Posted in Culture News

New Mexico legalizes recreational marijuana

‘Major Step Forward’ “By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying ‘enough’ to the devastating ‘war on drugs’ that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Policing Wade Rathke

Shifting Sands on Police Tactics

by Wade Rathke March 8, 2021 New Orleans    In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we heard from a former mayor and activist in the area. He wanted to do…

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Posted in Insurrection 2021 News

Citing anti-KKK law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson sue Trump and far-right allies over Capitol attack

“Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing

Why a shootout between Black Panthers and law enforcement 50 years ago matters today

by Paul Ringel, High Point University Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.  Sonny Hedgecock/High Point Enterprise, CC BY-SA  In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, police surrounded…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Policing

Outrage and disgust as charges dropped for Buffalo police officers who fractured skull of 75-year-old peaceful protester

“Despite the video evidence of the officers’ misconduct, a grand jury has dismissed the charges.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Outrage erupted after all charges against Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe—the police…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Policing Pro Publica

“I don’t trust the people above me”: Riot squad cops open up about disastrous response to Capitol insurrection

Interviews with 19 current and former officers show how failures of leadership and communication put hundreds of Capitol cops at risk and allowed rioters to get dangerously close to members of Congress. by Joaquin Sapien and…

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Evidence used by prosecutors in Steven Carrillo’s case included a patch of the Boogaloo flag on a ballistic vest found in a vehicle registered to him. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California)
Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.

ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Hours after the attack on the Capitol ended, a group…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Inside the secret chat where far-right extremists devised their post-Capitol plans

“This Is War” Chats from a private Telegram group obtained by ProPublica show how a suspect tied to the Jan. 6 insurrection tried to organize a self-styled militia. The hidden proliferation of such groups worries experts….

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The other Capitol mob

Much to the embarrassment of major corporations, their political donations were traced to the mayhem of January 6. By Jim Hightower January 20, 2021 You can’t poke into any issue in Congress without stumbling over sacks…

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Posted in Analysis Data security Privacy

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency’s purchase of warrantless phone location data

“Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 22 Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Global right-wing extremism networks are growing. The U.S. is just now catching up.

White supremacists are building international networks to spread their violent ideology. Efforts at transatlantic counterterrorism cooperation hit an obstacle: the politics of the Trump Administration. by Sebastian Rotella  Friday, January 22, 2021 During the past two…

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Posted in News Right Wing Militias

135 Civil Rights groups oppose new domestic terrorism statutes, say tackle far-right violence with existing laws

“Members of Congress should not reinforce counterterrorism policies, programs, and frameworks that are rooted in bias, discrimination, and denial or diminution of fundamental rights like due process.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Echoing the concerns expressed…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Right Wing Militias

Police, soldiers bring lethal skill to militia campaigns against US government

Militia members associated with the Three Percenters movement conducting a military drill in Flovilla, Ga., in 2016, days after Trump’s election. After his 2020 defeat, Three Percenters were involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias White Privilege

“Sense of entitlement”: Rioters faced no consequences invading state capitols. No wonder they turned to the U.S. Capitol next.

Armed far-right mobs met little law enforcement resistance when they repeatedly attacked state capitols. You can draw a direct line from that kind of impunity to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. by…

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