Tag Archives: James Russell

Misogyny and the NYPD

2 Jun

Many of you may have been following the rape charges brought against two New York City police officers, and are aware of the tension caused by their acquittal.  In this article in Truthout by my friend James Russell, we see not only the tension and misogyny of the day, but the issue of activism.  Have we become selfish? Apathetic? Or are we just on overload? I believe the common phrase du jour is “not enough bandwidth.”  The acquittal seems scary in a whole host of areas.  Contextually, the acquittal comes at a time when women’s health rights are under attack and many conservative voices have had the chutzpah to create a culture of blaming the victim in cases of rape. Click here  to see the article by James Russell.

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Death of bin Laden: Mixed Bag

5 May

As seen from the both sidebar comments and public comments on yesterday’s Word of the Week, the death of Osama bin Laden proves to be far more complex than just killing the architect of the tragedy of 9/11.  I have some very real concerns about a mob mentality of celebration of an individual’s death and the lack of due process. I worry that in some ways we have sunk to the level of those we have accused as terrorists by summarily executing bin Laden without due process of law.  I worry about continuing a culture of violence and wonder when does it stop?

I am guessing that the Peace Movement is also asking how do we create a culture of peace and when do we say there are better alternatives to violence.  My friend James Russell just published an article for Truthout that addresses these very issues. Click here to read James’ article.  I suppose I would like to understand if we are moving towards a more peaceful time with the death of bin Laden, and does his death really provide the needed closure?

Building Momentum for Marriage Equality: A Civil Rights Issue

30 Mar

Love is Love

On the heels of TSM article from March 18, my friend James Russell, from Truthout, gives us more good news. Perhaps we will see full marriage equality within my lifetime. Click here to see James’ article from Truthout. What is especially encouraging are the new ads on television from Basic Rights Oregon.

Take Action on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

25 Jan

I know I have posted many articles regarding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but this article by my friend James Russell gives us some hope that we can all take action!  We don’t have to be passive.  “We are gathering because we do not want the government in conflict between serving corporations or serving people,” is one of my favorite quotes from Russell’s article. His article serves as a Call to Action for those of us paying attention.  I  hope it will wake up those that are not paying attention.  Click here to see the full article.

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