Thanksgiving Mourning

"The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had ‘freedom and justice,’ and that is why we have been almost exterminated." -The 1927 Grand Council of American Indians November is Native American Indian Heritage Month, and the Friday after Thanksgiving is Native American Indian Heritage Day. In this time for … Continue reading Thanksgiving Mourning

“We felt guilty going to bed, on warm beds . . .”

Felicia Krecij often feels there is no point in living, now that her beloved sister, Kira Steger, is gone. Following Kira's disappearance in Saint Paul, Minnesota, last February, suspicion swirled around Kira's husband, Jeffrey Trevino. But he remained silent about what had happened to his wife. A barge worker discovered Kira's body in the Mississippi … Continue reading “We felt guilty going to bed, on warm beds . . .”

Two Gunshots on a Summer Night

Legal system officials’ response to Michelle O’Connell’s death as documented in Two Gunshots on a Summer Night is shocking and shameful (New York Times, November 24, 2013). Authorities involved in this case should be held accountable for failing to diligently investigate the tragic death of a young mother in the presence of her deputy sheriff-boyfriend, … Continue reading Two Gunshots on a Summer Night

Was Executed 14-Year-Old Innocent?

Only 14 years old, straight-A student George Stinney, Jr. became the youngest person in recorded U.S. history to be executed. That was nearly 70 years ago in Alcolu, South Carolina, and now attorneys in that state have requested a new trial in hopes of posthumously clearing the child’s name. While seven decades have passed since … Continue reading Was Executed 14-Year-Old Innocent?

34,000 Heads in 34,000 Beds

An average of 34,000 immigrants must be incarcerated per day by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), thanks to a little-known Congressional mandate. This quota has steadily risen since it was established in 2006 by conservative lawmakers who insisted that the agency wasn’t doing enough to deport unlawful immigrants. Listen to the Bed Mandate 101 … Continue reading 34,000 Heads in 34,000 Beds