Category Archives: Civics

Caucusing in the 37th District

by Robin Boland

Amid the backdrop of visits this past week from both democratic presidential candidates the 37th District Democrats held their caucus at MLK Elementary on Saturday morning. There was a fairly robust turn out for the event, led by former 37th district councilwoman Sally Clark, although it was noted that the attendees were predominantly of the Caucasian persuasion, so not entirely representative of the district as one might hope for. As the intent of the caucus is to accurately reflect candidate support in our district one wonders how the numbers would be altered by broader representation. Continue reading Caucusing in the 37th District

The March that Helped Usher in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

50 years ago this year the highly organized and visible protests against the ongoing oppression and violence that had kept voter registration of Blacks in Selma at 2% (300 out of 15,000 eligible voters) culminated in the march that started in Selma, Alabama and ended at the capital in Montgomery. The highly publicized march led ultimately to new remedial legislation and progress, highlighting the effectiveness of high profile actions in service of social change. Continue reading The March that Helped Usher in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Reconsidering Tough-on-Crime: An Interview with Al O’Brien

by Noemie Maxwell

“Simply stated, we should tell our political representatives that they will have the best outcomes, regarding criminal justice issues, when they base their decisions on empirical evidence about “what works” rather than on knee jerk reactions to the crime of the week. There is no doubt in my mind that our overtaxed prison system is primarily the fault of politicians trying to show their constituents that they are tough on crime. And both political parties are responsible as well. I would like to say that I am innocent of doing the same thing, but I am not. Continue reading Reconsidering Tough-on-Crime: An Interview with Al O’Brien