Five things to know about the North Dakota Access Pipeline debate

Source: Brookings.edu By Devashree Saha – September 14, 2016 In what looks to be a sequel to the Keystone XL Pipeline dispute, a group of climate activists, Native American groups, and landowners are opposing the construction of yet another oil pipeline. Since the North Dakota Access Pipeline was first announced in 2014, opposition to it has slowly gathered momentum, culminating in high-profile protests … Read more Five things to know about the North Dakota Access Pipeline debate

Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

Source: NBC News Holding defendants in jail because they can’t afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It’s the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed … Read more Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Source: Washington Post – August 18, 2016 The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts … Read more Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Want to End Mass Incarceration? Stop Blindly Reelecting Your Local Prosecutor

Source: VOX – September 8, 2015 By German Lopez St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch was widely criticized for his handling of the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But when it came time for voters to hold him accountable, McCulloch ran unopposed, sweeping the November election after the August shooting. The easy reelection reflects a … Read more Want to End Mass Incarceration? Stop Blindly Reelecting Your Local Prosecutor

9 Things They Won’t Let You Do On A Plane If You Are Muslim

Source: MintPress News By Jeremiah Jones Due to the rampant paranoia and Islamophobia that is unfortunately so common in our world, Muslims have to be extra careful when trying to travel by air. Airlines are catering to people’s absurd fears of other races, religions, skin colors, and even other languages. These airlines are kicking people off planes for being Muslim. … Read more 9 Things They Won’t Let You Do On A Plane If You Are Muslim

ICNA CSJ Focuses on Social Justice Issues at the 41st ICNA-MAS Convention

ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) help organize and set up social justice campaigns and booths in the 41st ICNA-MAS convention in Baltimore, MD during the Memorial Day weekend: Virtual Reality Solitary Confinement Station Social justice campaigns included a virtual reality solitary confinement station, where people could actually see and feel what it is like to be in solitary cell. … Read more ICNA CSJ Focuses on Social Justice Issues at the 41st ICNA-MAS Convention

Combating Islamophobia: Church and Mosque Partner in Mission

Source: Mount Vernon Gazette Nearly 100 members of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) and the northern Virginia chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA VA) came together in friendship and cooperation to address the growing issue of Islamophobia in American society at a meeting on Saturday, May 21, at the church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Over the … Read more Combating Islamophobia: Church and Mosque Partner in Mission

Muhammad Ali and Vietnam

Source: theatlantic.com Muhammad Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War transcended not only the ring, which he had dominated as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but also the realms of faith and politics. “His biggest win came not in the ring but in our courts in his fight for his beliefs,” Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general, said … Read more Muhammad Ali and Vietnam