Commentary

Analysis: Police with lots of military gear kill civilians more often

BY: - July 12, 2022

Police departments that get more equipment from the military kill more civilians than departments that get less military gear. That’s the finding from research on a federal program that has operated since 1997 that I have helped conduct as a scholar of police militarization. That finding was recently confirmed and expanded by Edward Lawson Jr. at the University of […]

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More justice, more safety

BY: - July 5, 2022

Nearly six years to the day after beloved St. Paul school cafeteria worker Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during an otherwise routine traffic stop, Jayland Walker died in a hail of bullets fired by police officers in Akron, Ohio. While the full picture of that shooting is still emerging as I […]

Will the Jan. 6 hearings change anyone’s mind?

BY: - July 4, 2022

In July of 1973, a young, preppy-looking lawyer named Gordon Strachan appeared before the Senate Watergate Committee and acknowledged his role in the cover-up of America’s most consequential burglary. When he finished, a senator asked 29-year-old Strachan if he had any advice for young people interested in public service. “Stay away,” he said. “It may […]

NM governor’s call to delay refugee entry into the U.S. echoes the inhumane policies of the right

BY: - July 1, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s letter to the secretary of Homeland Security asking the department to delay the release of migrants into the U.S. is a disappointing endorsement of violent policies that kill migrants.  Though her letter would never spell this out, her statement essentially says that the U.S. should close its borders completely to refugees, […]

The heart expands again during Pride month

BY: - June 27, 2022

Over the last few years, I’ve turned into a bit of a Pride Grinch. Being a Black queer and trans historian and observing the celebration of a radical anti-police protest turn into an excuse to hawk rainbow-tinted goods or watch twinks dance on the floats of banks that fund war and oil pipelines leaves a […]

Trumpism is fascism, American-style

BY: - June 23, 2022

If you want to know what the slide into fascism looks like, go back and review Tuesday’s session of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It was a tragic parade of public servants relaying the vile acts of harassment they were subjected to as they did the […]

Looking back a couple of decades to shades of a post-Roe world

BY: - June 21, 2022

I’ve gotten a chance, a couple of times, to tell the story of my entry into journalism. The first time I told it was at a talk in response to a high school student’s question — maybe an obligatory one asked to earn participation points that day.  I was an adolescent when I started what […]

Juneteenth needs to be celebrated

BY: - June 16, 2022

I was so excited last year when it was declared that June 19 became a federal holiday officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.  But all remained quiet here in Rio Rancho, N.M. I didn’t see announcements from our mayor or any other city officials. There didn’t appear to be anything going on at our […]

A decade with DACA shows sensible immigration policy, we still deserve better

BY: - June 15, 2022

The immigration policy that is providing hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to live and work in the United States without fear that their future would be disrupted by deportation is now ten years old. When Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA was issued by executive order under the Obama Administration on June […]

If competition would kill Amazon Prime, maybe it’s not that great

BY: - June 15, 2022

Amazon and its lobbyists are claiming that passing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Big Tech bill would lead to the end of Prime, or at the very least, significantly impair the service. This is such an absurd, desperate lie. What the bill actually does is force Amazon to compete in ways that will benefit consumers and small […]

Election results hold both hope and hazard

BY: - June 13, 2022

The June 2022 primary saw the first full-fledged use of same-day registration, where voters wanting to cast a ballot for the first time, or after a lapse or a change of address, did not have to make it happen weeks in advance. They could simply appear on Primary Election Day — or during the early […]

The AR-15 is for mass killing — ban it

BY: - June 2, 2022

The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, shamefully went into recess less than 48 hours after a shooter in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two of their teachers. Lawmakers should not have left until they did something about this country’s gun problem. Not every kind of gun, but that with the most potential for damage: […]