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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portions Of Federal ‘3 Strikes’ Sentencing Laws |

The United States Supreme Court amended the residual clause  of the Armed Career Criminal Act used to imprison many for non-violent offenses. This has resulted in the mass incarceration of many individuals in already marginalized communities. Occupy Democrats

A “residual clause” in the ACCA allowed third time felons to be sent to prison for any crime that ” presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.” That potential risk could include drunk driving, fleeing police, failing to report to a parole officer and even attempted burglary. It seemed to be used as a catch-all sentence enhancer for the sole purpose of throwing people in prison for years longer than they deserved to be. 

The lawmakers in many states are contractually required to fill up the beds in private prisons; so it’s not too hard to figure out why the ACCA is such a popular sentence enhancer. Private prisons have even been known to sue state governments if they aren’t filed to capacity- making taxpayers foot the bill for low crime rates. It’s an absolute travesty and a key piece in the conservative war against minorities and the poor, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and destroying communities around the country. Today’s ruling means Congress will have to clarify the law and you can bet that private prison lobbyists are about to throw even more money at lawmakers, but hopefully it sounds a death knell for mass incarceration in our nation.

via Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portions Of Federal ‘3 Strikes’ Sentencing Laws |.

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Europeans must leave South Africa! | Thought Leader

For ages, the country today known as South Africa was no more than a loose band of separate communities. The Nguni tribes, which settled on the Southern tip of Africa around the 10th century, neither considered themselves a single nation, nor did they consider the Khoisan people already inhibiting the area part of their collective.

via Europeans must leave South Africa! | Thought Leader.

 

Chuck Hagel Ekes Out a Win – The Daily Beast

The three-month battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination ended with a whimper on Tuesday. Seventy-one senators voted to end debate on the president’s pick for secretary for defense, paving the way for the former Republican senator to be confirmed on a largely party-line vote.

via Chuck Hagel Ekes Out a Win – The Daily Beast.

 

Speech overview | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” What does and should this mean? Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in his famous Abrams v. United States (1919) dissenting opinion, began what may be the single most poetic paragraph ever written by a Supreme Court justice on the meaning of freedom of speech. Here is that improbable opening line: “Persecution for the expression of opinions seems to me perfectly logical.” What could Holmes have been thinking?

via Speech overview | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition.

 

PART THREE: The State of Equality and Justice in America

We need to have other voices in the conversation – voices that explain the importance of affirmative action for every student and for our society as a whole. The leaders of our corporations, our institutions of higher education, and our military know from their experience the importance of diversity in our classrooms.

     In 2003, the Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger that public colleges and universities could consider the race of applicants in selecting a class of students with the diversity to succeed in the modern world. A brief submitted to the Supreme Court by several large corporations explained that students could develop “the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace” only through interactions inside and outside the classroom with “widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.”

via PART THREE: The State of Equality and Justice in America.

 

Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm – Newsweek and The Daily Beast

A Response to David MametIt is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs. One person may need (or want) more leisure, another more work; one more adventure, another more security, and so on. It is this diversity that makes a country, indeed a state, a city, a church, or a family, healthy. “One-size-fits-all,” and that size determined by the State has a name, and that name is “slavery.”

via Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm – Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Wave of ritual killings spark panic in Cameroon as 18 mutilated bodies are found in two weeks

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The Cameroon capital, which has a population of just over two million, is in a state of distress with families staying behind locked doors as soon as darkness falls.

via Wave of ritual killings spark panic in Cameroon as 18 mutilated bodies are found in two weeks.

 

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PLEDGE: If you cut Social Security, I WILL primary you..

Over 15,000 people have used our Pledge To Primary site to let their Congressperson know they won’t stand for cuts to Social Security.

Take Your Children Out of Government Schools :

 

Take Your Children Out of Government Schools :.

Many American government run schools are largely becoming bastions of ignorance and underachievement. In short, many schools are not doing their job.