Since 1999, death penalty sentences have dropped dramatically nationwide, but a disproportionate number of those executions have taken place in the South. Of the 20 executions in the US in 2016, 19 of them took place in just four Southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas. Of the 13 Southern states, only one -- West Virginia -- does not impose capital punishment.
With the election of Donald Trump, it seems unlikely that reparations will move forward at a national scale anytime soon. But Chicago's ordinance provides a model for creating reparations at the local level, even in the face of daunting circumstances.
Donald Trump is escalating US military operations in Syria just as Russia begins fighting in the region as well. The Democrats' recent efforts to paint Trump as Moscow's puppet -- while allowing the president to ramp up attacks abroad -- may have unintended consequences.
The Democratic Leadership Council has been dead for years, but not its pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate mission, which has lived on in groups like the Third Way. Now armed with millions of dollars, they are increasing their public profile and aggressively advancing the "New Democrat" agenda to push the party to the right. Can progressives stop them?
ICE agents coerced 16-year-old Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo into drinking the amber-colored liquid he was carrying, which caused him to succumb to violent convulsions and die. Migrants frequently face torture and sexual assault under ICE jurisdiction -- sometimes resulting in death -- but only one out of 142 complaints has resulted in (less-than-adequate) disciplinary action against an agent.
Those who would be among the most affected by President Trump's proposed border wall are the people who live and work along the 2,000-mile stretch. These are communities that have already witnessed the growing technologies and weaponry, border agents and buildup of the last 20 years.
As the government pulls funds from social programs to beef up the military, youth in neighborhoods devastated by the cuts become even more vulnerable to military recruiters who feed on desperation. Peace activist and former soldier Rory Fanning talks about the important role veterans can play in disrupting this cycle.
The Quinault have lived on the Olympic Peninsula for centuries. However, as in many Native communities around the world, the Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah -- which is home to some 825 people -- these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore.