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Zimmerman Wasn’t Actually Guilty…And That’s Actually The Problem

I am shocked that people are shocked. And for two primary reasons… First, if you followed the Zimmerman trial (and I’m not a lawyer), from my vantage point, I’m not entirely sure how one can say that Zimmerman could be convicted. In fact, I don’t think you can. I understand the moral and logical sense, … Continue reading

Fantastic Friday: Cure Violence Edition

The group trains and empowers “interrupters,” frequently former gang members or violent offenders who have chosen a new peaceful path, to, in the most simplest of terms, talk individuals out of engaging in violence (“potentially lethal disputes”), resolve conflicts, provide mentorship, listen to needs and provide guidance for how those needs can be met…

And the genius is that all of this is done while understanding that for many communities, violence has almost become accepted and expected solution to conflict and that it requires the empowerment of community members and leaders to be supported in changing these social norms. Continue reading

Another SYG Florida Shooting Provides Reminder of Trayvon Martin

Here we go again…………. Another (Black) teenager dead and another (White) man claiming self-defense behind Stand Your Ground to justify the shooting.  According to the Miami New Times: Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station over loud music, now tells police that he acted in self defense … Continue reading

Fantastic Friday: Tribal Justice (Brooklyn Style) Edition

This is a really interesting story about the development and implementation of a Navajo-inspired “Peacemaking Program” being started in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The collaboration between the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Center for Court Innovation, each of whom studied Navajo peacemaking circles and approaches in designing the pilot program in Brooklyn, is set to launch on December … Continue reading

The Potential Downsides of Zimmerman Being Charged

George Zimmerman was charged with 2nd degree murder yesterday and the world rejoiced. Ok, the world didn’t rejoice and I realize that I’m being a little harsh.  I’m relieved that the wishes of the family of  Trayvon Martin were fulfilled and that they will seemingly get their day in court.  Trying this case in the … Continue reading

What if Zimmerman is Telling the Truth?

A friend and I were discussing the #shitzimmermansays hashtag on Twitter (to which I admittedly contributed) today and, in the midst of chuckling at some of the tweets, he mentioned that he was concerned that focusing on the respective characters of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was leading the supporters of Trayvon into a dangerous … Continue reading

I Could’ve Been Trayvon

I saw this picture yesterday and I started to think to myself.  How many could’ve been Trayvon Martin? The tragedy of Trayvon Martin is a tremendously sad story. Here is a seventeen year old boy, walking home to his father’s house in a gated community in Florida after buying some Skittles and a bottle of … Continue reading

Eric Holder vs. Colin Powell

I am somewhat stunned that the Obama Administration’s explanation of it’s ability and procedures for engaging in targeted killings of US citizens didn’t get more ink or discussion.  Then again, there were the important news stories related to Rush Limbaugh and Super Tuesday, and of course the saber rattling of the war drums against Iran … Continue reading

How Does Ray Kelly Still Have A Job?

How indeed… In case you didn’t hear already, Ray Kelly, the NYPD police commissioner has had quite the last couple of weeks.  A couple of weeks ago, he finally admitted to cooperating with filmmakers of “The Third Jihad“– a radical anti-Muslim movie that asserts that most American Muslims are involved in promoting terror.  And of course, if … Continue reading

1 in 3 Americans Arrested by Age 23

A new study done by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte estimates that 1 in 3 Americans under the age of 23 have been arrested. And not for speeding or DUI, but for non-traffic violations, such as “underage drinking, shoplifting, truancy, robbery, assault and murder.” Continue reading

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