Posts in category "Civil Liberty"

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage
Taking root throughout the nation is a ground swell of suspicion and justifiable mistrust of the law enforcement practices that have operated well beyond the minority communities of Ferguson and Baltimore.  By RA Monaco “Baltimore’s where America turns the corner,” said JaqueLine Nivens during an interview last month after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision... Read more »

Both Sides of the Badge

Both Sides of the Badge
Bill O’Reilly catch phrases like race hustling or race baiting, are the blatant racist code that festers in the already infected wounds of this nation. By RA Monaco Angrily marching into the New Year, the struggle for social change in 2015 will continue to emotionally wear on the nation—coast to coast.  “It’s a very exciting... Read more »

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity
By RA Monaco A rising social movement and protest culture is gaining strength and diversity as Millions March to challenge racism, growing inequality and authoritarianism across our nation—ironically called the “Land of the Free.”  Not since the late 1960’s has the government shown more concern in defending the capital and it’s authority from our own... Read more »
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A National Realization—A Crisis of Trust

A National Realization—A Crisis of Trust
The unfortunate reality is that our collective ability to bear witness is being consistently ignored.  It’s become an established pattern. By RA Monaco Fifty-thousand cameras won’t be enough to restore our constitutional right to bear witness—to declare the truth of—as countless people have attempted in police killings and brutality cases over the years.   How else... Read more »

New Police Training Rules: More Platitudes Soon!

New Police Training Rules: More Platitudes Soon!
By RA Monaco Emerging is a consensus that law-enforcement practices need to be revised.  Apparently, police departments are grappling with how to prevent encounters between police and citizens from escalating into deadly incidents, especially with minorities. Police departments around the country are in the process of developing new training rules on their use of force... Read more »

Something Needs To Give

Something Needs To Give
Given our growing inequality it’s hard not to see Gov. Nixon’s entire deployment as a field exercise in anticipation of things to come—a sort of public conditioning toward accepting increasingly militarized domestic responses. By RA Monaco Provocateurs are steadily working to incite the measured dissent of would-be protesters who support the indictment of Officer Darren... Read more »
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It’s the Narcissism That Sticks

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks
When it comes to unresolved political questions involving who can vote and when, a clear message is difficult to garner from the recent rulings, appeals and motions unfolding in courtrooms across the country. By RA Monaco Brazenly lurking around the perimeter of the protest were some with few reservations about displaying their ugly racist hate.... Read more »

Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes

Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes
By RA Monaco The vile purpose of the narrative fed to the media by Ferguson Police was to convey that the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had it coming. The signal received by the Ferguson Police Department was that the media was fully primed to uncritically spread their campaign of disinformation when the comedic satire of... Read more »

The Unaddressed Cultural Hangover of Sexism and Profitability

The Unaddressed Cultural Hangover of Sexism and Profitability
By RA Monaco Are women being kept second-class citizens to maintain the profitability of capitalism and the dominant social order? Generally, these days men like Russell Brand probably don’t want to be thought of as sexists, but his response to the criticism of being a sexist may have some validity.   Unwitting men like Russell Brand—who... Read more »
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Avoiding, “The Brick”

Avoiding, “The Brick”
By RA Monaco When our lack of self determination becomes a realization, the issue becomes, how do we create a calculus for change?  If we can’t control the government—the apparatus—we claim manifests the popular will of the nation, women may hold the key to our avoiding “the brick.”  Entrenched inequality and its companion, poverty, is... Read more »