• Defining a Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform: The Left Stands on Firmer Legal Ground

    By Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 823 farmFarm workers tending to the fields in a Central Valley near Stratford, Calif., March 15, 2014. Few groups are more eager for immigration reform than the agricultural interests that rely on migrant laborers, and now with much of the existing work-force aging past 50, farm managers see reform as a moral as well as an economic imperative. (Photo: Matt Black / The New York Times)

    With a federal floor of protections for noncitizens at their back, immigrant and refugee-friendly local laws and tactics are defining what it means to fight for human rights from the ground up.

  • Justice (?) for Renisha McBride

    Justice (?) for Renisha McBride

    By Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Truthout | News Analysis

    Ted Wafer, convicted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 3. He faces a maximum of life in prison. Many feel that justice has been served; others do not. There is a sense of contradiction in equating justice for Renisha with Wafer's impending prison sentence.

  • It's Not Just a Job

    It's Not Just a Job

    By Jerome A. Popp, Truthout | Op-Ed

    When the federal government embraces policies and trade agreements that decrease the number and quality of jobs in the nation, many citizens will lose much more than income and the ability to support their families. When a nation exports its jobs to other countries, its citizens are depreciated as human beings because they are deprived of access to avenues of experience in which they discover and evaluate the significance of their own existence.