Posts Tagged ‘Civil Liberties’

9/11

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Several days ago, New America Media invited this writer to attend a meeting of New York City-based ethnic journalists who would be talking about their articles for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Asked about my plans – this writer hadn’t been planning to share –  he spoke in tongues, that is, his response was as articulate as a person speaking with his tongue flailing the roof of the mouth and the sides of his teeth, upper and lower.  Caught off guard, he couldn’t articulate, didn’t enunciate.

What follows is what  might have been said or referred to if this writer had had the presence of mind many wish for when a signature moment beckons them to rise to the occasion:  From the Center for Constitutional Rights regarding a panel discussion, September 12: The 9/11 Decade and the Decline of U.S. Democracy.

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This Semester

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The WORD Blog (and maybe the WORD) plans to test the boundaries of: Academic Freedom. Free Speech. The First Amendment.

BREAKING NEWS An Alert from the Center for Constitutional Rights

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“Right now, thousands of activists who have gathered in Pittsburgh to protest at the G20 summit have been met with what we have come to expect: Overreaction by authorities and illegal preventive tactics by law enforcement officials at all levels. A secret communications hub with “electronic eyes” has been established by the Secret Service …

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A Commute Tale

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Students in the instructor’s feature writing class have been assigned to write about their commuting experiences to and from campus. The instructor will be providing pedagogical tidbits from time to time. Mostly images.


ACLU Petitioning for an Important Cause

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Omar Edwards, Andrew Duton, NYPD, New York City, Civil Liberties, America, Et Al

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Was race a factor in the death of  NYPD Officer Omar Edwards?

Possibly.

Was Officer Andrew Duton acting like a racist? Trash that question. Better ones are: Does he live in a racist society? Was his fatal mistake the result of his growing up and living in a racist society? What was his mindset at the moment he squeezed off several shots? Would he have shot a white man, woman or child under similar circumstances?

Who the hell is capable of answering such questions considering the epistemological challenges, regardless of the torrent of news reporting as well as commentary manipulated to look like news reporting?

No one.

Google, this date, listed 1,184 links to news stories about Omar Edwards’s slaying. Yet, every sane New Yorker, however, knows the answer to this one: When was the last time a black NYPD officer mistakenly shot a white police officer under similar circumstances?

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