The Importance of the Pipeline Protests

A militarized response to a peaceful protest has no place in a civilized democracy. Such a response shows how our government systems often seek to protect the profit interests, at the expense of the marginalized. And that’s what we see as the government tries to shut down the protests at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, although this time the protesters appear to… Read More

How Does US Justice Stack Up? An International Comparison

As we near the end of the year, it seems like a good time to reflect, so I thought I’d examine how the United States compares to other countries in matters of policing and criminal justice. Unfortunately, an international comparison of criminal justice statistics shows just how far behind our country is. Police shootings: This… Read More

The Militarization of the Police

As our country grapples with how to decrease police brutality, police excessive force, and unjustified police shootings, it is worth noting how the police violence plaguing many cities is fed by the extreme militarization of local police forces. Through federal grants and Department of Defense donations, billions of dollars worth of military equipment has found… Read More