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Pervis Payne remains on death row despite DNA evidence, new date...
To writer Sumiko Saulson, who still has their humanity intact, and to the Innocence Project, the story and path of Pervis Payne appears clear – he has been wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed, although new DNA testing has not revealed his DNA on the weapon and he has intellectual disability. In the U.S. it is illegal for the state to execute Pervis under these conditions, but the state is going ahead anyway – because they want to, and who is going to stop them?
Hillary Clinton is no friend of Black empowerment
As an African American, I have struggled to understand why so many of my Black brothers and sisters seem to prefer Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Hillary’s record on civil rights is indeed extensive, albeit inconsistent and often ignoble. By contrast, Bernie has a long, proud, consistent record on fighting inequality – often far ahead of the Democratic Party in this regard – and always far, far ahead of Hillary Clinton.
The too-many prisoners dilemma
There’s a growing national consensus that, as Attorney General Eric Holder stated in August, “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.” Despite the heavy toll that mass incarceration exacts every day and in countless ways on many American communities the topic attracts remarkably little consistent coverage in the mainstream media.