United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read MoreRead More
Mexico (Global Voices) – The interactive Femicides in Mexico Map, the most comprehensive and up-to-date of its kind in the country, is – according to its fundraising page – a “citizen-led, civic, independent initiative based on open data which, using geographical coordinates, has been mapping cases of femicide since 2016″. So far, it has recorded 2,355 cases. The map’s creator uses the practical definition of the United Nations model protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women, which defines “femicide” as: “the murder of women because they are women, whether it is committed within the family, a domestic partnership, Read MoreRead More
World (FEE) – There is an unfortunate generalization when it comes to public opinion toward the incarcerated population of this country. While the justice system has failed time and again to actually pursue justice, there is a misconception that all those forced to live behind bars rightfully belong there. Unfortunately, with the continuation of the war on drugs and other archaic policies that seek to punish victimless crimes, there are many people spending time locked away from society who truthfully never belonged there in the first place. But even for those who admittedly made grave mistakes and as a Read MoreRead More
Sometimes it’s fun to imagine. Let’s play an imagination game right now. It’ll be fun and be very revealing.
Scenario A: A man tortures and murders a young girl and says “I watched 8mm”.
Scenario B: A man kills dozens in Miami, but people rush to defend him because they like Dexter.
Scenario C: A state employee rapes a girl under his care, but it’s like totally cool because he watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.Read More