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Black Youth Getting Life in Prison at Alarming Rates, but Courts and President Trying to Provide Some Relief

It was a busy week in DC for juvenile justice issues. First, President Obama on announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused, and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. Many may be aware that the President has been touring federal prisons and actually talking to inmates and looking for real solutions to fa ...

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

by Reggie Fullwood “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him,” said Booker T. Washington. The U.S. justice system has held so many blacks down through improper arrests and convictions; and still to this day, it is still a system rampant with injustice and inequality. Two years ago, I learned the impossible story of James Joseph Richardson. Perhaps I should use the word improbable, or even unb ...

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2015 Was a Year Full of Shock and Significance

OK, to say that 2015 flew by would be very cliche’ right? But it would be so true. As the year comes to an end, the holidays just didn’t seem quite the same – especially with 80-degree weather in Jacksonville and 60-degree weather in New York City ???? Regardless of the weather, 2015 will be remembered as a year of significant change and astounding events. One of my favorite stories or nonstories of the yea ...

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More Guns and Discrimination Isn’t the Answer to Terrorism

by Reggie Fullwood Let the war mongering begin. With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and now San Bernardino, CA, Homeland Security and the nation as a whole is on high alert. And rightly so, but there is a thin line between being cautious and being overzealous. Some want to immediately build that proverbial wall around the country and others want to stomp all over the constitution and start detaining ...

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Florida Senate Set to Remove Confederate Flag from Seal

“The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here,” once wrote Peter Finley Dunne. Florida Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner recently started a movement to remove one vestige of the past from the State Senate Seal – the confederate flag. I have seen the senate seal dozens of times and simply never paid attention of the various flags featured on it. Leader Joyner’s ef ...

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Despite Mediocre Recruitment Efforts, Republicans Still Haven’t Gained Ground with Blacks

by Reggie Fullwood For the past half dozen election cycles, Republicans have “said” that they want to attract more blacks to their party. It’s almost like that strange schoolmate that you rarely even said hello to, inviting you to his graduation party. Your first thought is hmmm… is this some kind of setup? We have nothing in common, except the school we attend, but you are inviting me to a party. Sorry, I’ ...

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Hillary Clinton Might Want to Learn from Her 2008 Mistakes

Sometimes two unprecedented movements cannot survive at the same time. One has to precede the other. The Civil Rights Movement paved the way for other humanitarian movements around the world – including the ending of apartheid in South Africa. Back in 2008, political history was made in this country. For the first time ever, a woman and an African American were in position to be a major political party’s ca ...

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Despite What Critics Say, Obamacare is Working – Especially in FL

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute,” said Thurgood Marshall. In the 1930s, the Great Depression affected every nation on earth - some more than others. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created a series of programs called the New Deal that were aimed at getting the country out of the financial rut it was in. Although President Roosevelt didn’t directly ...

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Let’s Not Make Someone a Hero for Being Close-minded

I wanted to simply ignore the Kentucky Clerk of Courts that was jailed for not following the law and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, but I fell into the media trap. It’s hard not to say something when conservatives are making this woman, Kim Davis, out to be a hero. She was released from jail last week, and she said for the first time that she would no longer block her deputies from ...

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It Will be a Hot Topic for the 2016 Presidential Election, But Immigration Reform Still Far Away

by Reggie Fullwood Immigration reform has been a critical issue in this country for the past several years. The President and Democrats have pushed for reform, and even some prominent Republicans like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio support changes to our immigration policies. Despite it being such a hot topic, we are far from having any real resolution. It’s an issue that will dominate the upcoming presidential e ...

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