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I remember back in the Fall of 2003 when Vice President Elect Kamala Harris was running for her first elected office as San Francisco District Attorney, a position which she won of course. Though we graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law in different years, Ms. Harris and I shared a common professor there, Jo Carrillo. Prof. Carrillo spoke very positively about Kamala and encouraged me to vote for her in the imminent election. She simultaneously spoke quite strongly about another candidate and former student of hers who was running against Gavin Newsom for Mayor of San Francisco, namely Matt Gonzalez, who later became the running mate of one of my favorite people in the world, Ralph Nader, when Mr. …


“Mama … They’re gonna kill me … I can’t breathe.” — George Floyd, May 25, 2020.

I remember my first day during a visit to New Zealand in the late 90s. It was early morning, and I was walking around downtown Auckland, the most populated city with about 1.5 million residents. We were a bit lost, and there was nobody around but a lone cop on the beat. We approached him for directions with map in hand. What amazed me was not only how friendly, smiley, and helpful he was, but the fact that he had no weapons of any kind on him! I asked him if he was a regular police officer and why he wasn’t equipped with any weapons, just wearing slacks, a short sleeved button-up shirt, and a patrolman’s hat (over the past two decades, they’ve added bulletproof vests, tasers, and batons, but still not guns). He explained that that’s just how cops are outfitted in New Zealand, and that they are trained to protect and serve the populace rather than intimidate or harm people. Protect and serve: what a quaint notion, I thought. …


It should come as no surprise that since he entered office Pres. Trump has undone the investor protection regulations that President Obama instituted in 2015. Five years ago under orders from Pres. Obama, the Department of Labor proposed regulations that would have implemented the “Fiduciary Rule”. This rule would have expanded the fiduciary obligations that already apply to investment advisors by also making them apply to brokers and insurers who sell investment instruments (e.g., stocks, bonds, annuities, life insurance, etc.) or provide related advice. Such fiduciary requirements mandate that investment professionals provide their clients with duties of loyalty and care, among other protections, thereby putting the client investors’ interests and needs above their own financial and other interests. …


We all need to use our political powers to support police reform and stand up for the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to voting in every election and giving your business to companies that reflect your values, you should also regularly voice your concerns directly to your political representatives. You can find the name of your federal, state, and local representatives via the Common Cause online database tool.

I wrote the letter below and sent it to all my representatives, and I urge you to do the same. Speak up for causes that matter to you, and create a dialogue with your political representatives about matters local, state, and national. …


The new Title IX Rules released on May 6, 2020 by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are a long overdue correction to the serious procedural injustices that have permeated for decades sex offense investigations at public educational institutions in the USA, including private institutions that receive federal funding. Due Process rights, which are already central to our nation’s legal codes and encapsulated in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution, are strengthened for alleged victims and perpetrators alike by these new Title IX rules, a summary of which has been provided by the Department:

  • “The proposed rule would require schools to respond meaningfully to every known report of sexual harassment and to investigate every formal complaint. …

When President Trump called the President of Ukraine on July 25, 2019 and clearly albeit implicitly threatened to not release $391 million of US military aid to Ukraine to push back against continued Russian military expansion into its borders, President Trump committed “treason, pure and simple” as former Massachusetts Governor and current Presidential candidate Bill Well stated on September 23, 2019 on Morning Joe on MSNBC (watch the clip below).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsiKWeceQqI

In that July call, President Zelensky of Ukraine stated: “We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps. Specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.” In immediate response, President Trump said: “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” Mr. Trump then spent the majority of the conversation urging Zelensky to bring forth claims of corruption against current Presidential candidate and front-runner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. …


“All I can see on that video is my Dad just trying to live for his kids, just fighting for us … You can hear his voice get muffled and high-pitched. It sounds like he was scared. Really scared. He wasn’t fighting the police. He was fighting to breathe.”

- Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner. Rest in Peace, Erica. Your fight is our fight, and there will be Justice for All.

Five hundred nineteen people have been killed by police in the USA in 2019 between the start of the year and July 30 according to The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database of police brutality. Too many of these cases look like the high-profile tragedies we have seen in the national media. Here are links to the explicit and horrifying video footage of the killings of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Tony Timpa. The facts in each of these cases are hideous, and even worse is the lack of sufficient consequences suffered by those police officers responsible for these killings. …


“Workplace sexual harassment is widespread, with studies estimating that anywhere from almost a quarter to more than eight in ten women experience it in their lifetimes (Feldblum and Lipnic 2016). Sexual harassment and assault at work have serious implications for women and for their employers. Women who are targets may experience a range of negative consequences, including physical and mental health problems, career interruptions, and lower earnings. In addition, sexual harassment may limit or discourage women from advancing into higher paid careers and may contribute to the persistent gender wage gap. …


Injustice is an intrinsic part of life on Earth.

Take that in for a minute.

We’re doing a terrible job of it: climate change, the 6th Mass Extinction, famine, avoidable epidemics, regional wars, political corruption, housing crises and homelessness, despotic governments, organized crime, and human rights abuses.

Thankfully, through social media, alternative news sources, and non-profit organizations, progressive activists are educating the public and motivating political changes, bit by bit. In their efforts to manifest change on a large scale, activists sometimes commit acts of civil disobedience, meaning they break minor laws such as civil infractions or lesser misdemeanors (e.g., protesting on public streets without a license, simple trespass, or illegally camping at City Hall as did the Occupy Movement) in order to achieve the higher purpose of bringing large scale attention to issues that affect society-at-large. Inevitable face-offs with law enforcement and prosecutors are a consequence of civil disobedience.


While the #MeToo movement has brought substantial media attention in the USA to issues on sexual assault and domestic violence, and though the movement has brought many famous men in positions of power to justice, such abuse continues to be a huge problem for ordinary women and men alike (men form nearly half of all domestic violence victims). …

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