Category Archives: Law and justice

My Own Words

If you’re looking for something to distract yourself from the dismal spectacle of the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, you might find solace in My Own Words, a collection of essays, articles and speeches by the … Continue reading

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RBG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday at 87 from metastatic pancreas cancer. The tributes have been overwhelming, including this New York Times review of her life and career by Linda Greenhouse, and this post by Amy Howe, a reporter for … Continue reading

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Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America

Supreme Inequality By Adam Cohen Penguin Press, New York, 2020 The Supreme Court is not your ally. The Supreme Court does not protect the weak, the poor, or the downtrodden. The Supreme Court will not save us from Donald Trump. … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Was Destined To Become A Secret Police Force

Masha Gessen, author of Surviving Autocracy (my review), writing about the Portland protests in The Nee Yorker on July 25, says, “… we are watching the perfect and perhaps inevitable combination of a domestic-security superagency and a President who rejects … Continue reading

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White Fragility

White Fragility By Robin DiAngelo Beacon Press, Boston, 2018 “White Fragility” sounds like a paradox. How can whites be fragile when we’re supposed to be the largest and smost dominant segment of US society? As author Robin DiAngelo explains it, … Continue reading

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So you want to talk about race

So you want to talk about race By Ijeoma Oluo Seal Press, New York, 2018 In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the nation-wide protests that followed, many white people, … Continue reading

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Gorsuch Surprises, Alito Spews, Scalia Haunts in Bostock v. Clayton County

On Monday, June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects homosexual and transgender individuals from job discrimination. This decision has been hailed as a major victory for … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds Limits on Attendance at Church Services

At about midnight last night the United States Supreme Court, in a 5.4 decision, upheld California’s restrictions on the number of people who can attend church services during the coronavirus emergency.   Scotusblog has posted the written decision. The South Bay … Continue reading

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How To Be An Antiracist

How To Be An Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi One World, New York, 2019 Donald Trump says he’s not racist. In fact, he claims to be the “least racist person that you have ever met.” In his latest book, How … Continue reading

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Fast Train to Mordor: Trump v. Hawaii

Reading through the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii – the Muslim travel ban case – is like drifting off to sleep on an ordinary commuter train headed for home and then being jolted awake when it shudders to … Continue reading

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