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The Right to Protest: Ferguson and Beyond

The Right to Protest: Ferguson and Beyond

By Dennis Loo (11/21/14)

Some people find it unremarkable that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called out the National Guard, declaring a state of emergeny, prior to a grand jury's decision about whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. As I previously noted, this pre-emptive move by Nixon, by St. Louis Mayor James Knowles III, and by the FBI, to intimidate and suppress any prospective demonstrations, is based upon their clear expectations that the grand jury's verdict will be to exonerate Wilson's shooting Brown to death.

I find it remarkable that some people don't find the calling out of the National Guard to be outrageous. Their view points to a) an inadequate understanding of what civil liberties are, and b) a faulty understanding of what is in play in Ferguson.

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Ferguson, MO: Gov Declares a State of Emergency Before the Grand Jury Rules

Ferguson, MO: Gov Declares a State of Emergency Before the Grand Jury Rules

By Dennis Loo (11/17/14) updated November 18, 2014

Upon hearing that Missouri's governor Jay Nixon has today called upon the National Guard, declaring a state of emergency for Ferguson and St. Louis, even before the grand jury issues its findings on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, do you think to yourself:

a) the governor has no idea what the grand jury will say and just wants to be careful to protect people's constitutional rights to speech and assembly,

b) the governor knows that the grand jury will not indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown and he plans to violently suppress the inevitable protest, or

c) this announcement just reinforces my faith that the criminal justice system is fair and impartial?

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Do Fetuses Have More Rights Than Women?

Do Fetuses Have More Rights Than Women?

By Dennis Loo (11/9/14)

The following excerpt is from a NYT Op-Ed entitled "Pregnant, and No Civil Rights" by Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin, published on November 7, 2014. The examples they cite, of which these are just a part, are shocking. The authors further point out that these examples are not rare or isolated cases:

Based on the belief that he had an obligation to give a fetus a chance for life, a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a critically ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant to undergo a cesarean section, which he understood might kill her. Neither the woman nor her baby survived.

In Iowa, a pregnant woman who fell down a flight of stairs was reported to the police after seeking help at a hospital. She was arrested for “attempted fetal homicide.”

In Utah, a woman gave birth to twins; one was stillborn. Health care providers believed that the stillbirth was the result of the woman’s decision to delay having a cesarean. She was arrested on charges of fetal homicide.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12