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“A Sign of the Times”

From Naomi Spencer’s “Notes on the Social Crisis in America” at the World Socialist Web Site: Philadelphia robberies attributed to hunger Philadelphia police report that three men and a teenaged boy arrested in connection with multiple robberies said they committed the crimes because they suffered from hunger. None of the suspects, aged 38, 21, 19,

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Why Was It So Important To Kill Troy Davis?

Troy Davis was executed last week on my birthday. He maintained his innocence until the moment he was given his lethal injection. While his death was a tragic and shameful crime by the state of Georgia, it’s important to remember why he was executed, and indeed, why there is still a death penalty for poor

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Banning the First Amendment

by Walter M. Brasch Parents demanded it be banned. School superintendents placed it in restricted sections of their libraries. It is the most challenged book four of the past five years, according to the American Library Association (ALA). “It” is a 32-page illustrated children’s book, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson,

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Newspaper Editor Files Suit Against Philadelphia Police for Constitutional Violations

by Walter Brasch A former managing editor for an online newspaper, OpEdNews, has sued the city of Philadelphia and eight of its police officers for violating her Constitutional rights. Cheryl Biren-Wright, Pennsauken, N.J., charges the defendants with violating her 1st, 4th, and 14th amendment rights. The civil action, filed in the U.S. District Court, Philadelphia,

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GOP Anti Religious Freedom Agenda

Religious freedom to the GOP translates into freedom for them to use government offices to force you to observe and practice their religion of choice, not your own. If you dare to exercise any rights other than those they say you are entitled to, you need to be silenced.

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Government May Be Violating Tobacco Companies’ 1st Amendment Rights

A controversial Supreme Court decision less than two years ago could have the unintended consequence of significantly reducing the government’s 46-year campaign against cigarettes. by WALTER BRASCH A controversial Supreme Court decision less than two years ago could have the unintended consequence of significantly reducing the government’s 46-year campaign against cigarettes. In a 5–4 decision,

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Corporate Felon Federal Boycott Act of 2011

In February, I posted an article, Government Boycott of Corporate Felons, which outlined the need for the government to get tough on corporate criminals.  Those we elect and re-elect often run on platforms of strong leadership, often demonstrated by supporting tough-on-crime policies.  However, these tough on crime measures usually only come down hard on petty

Our Top Interviews: 2009

We began podcasting under the “Shared Sacrifice” name shortly after Gary Barkley returned from Iraq and published “Shared Sacrifice: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Global War on Terror.” Our goal was twofold, and was, in somewhat primordial form, the same as it is now at politicalcontext.org: Facilitate in-depth discussions on a broad array of progressive issues,

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