Court Finds Prosecutorial Misconduct, but Allows Colorado Death Sentence to Stand

An Arapahoe County judge has denied the appeal of Colorado death-row prisoner Sir Mario Owens (pictured), despite finding that prosecutors withheld evidence and failed to disclose money, gifts, and favors they provided informants in exchange for their testimony. In a 1,343-page Order and Opinion issued on September 14, Senior Judge Christopher Munch found that county prosecutors had presented false evidence from two […]

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Contributions flood contentious Alabama special election

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to supporters in Montgomery. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Alabama’s special election embodies what political analysts claim is a deepening rift between the GOP’s establishment and anti-establishment factions. Money has flooded the campaigns in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff, as former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy […]

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Fact of the Week: 12 facts about the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill

Editor’s note: The following piece was originally published on Families USA’s blog on Sept. 19. For more information and analysis on the horrible ACA repeal bill that the Senate is expected to vote on as early as Sept. 27, see the resources listed at the end of this post. Please take action today: call your senators […]


Peace Alliance September 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly e Newsletter with updates from The Peace Alliance’s Leadership Council! Catch up on what is happening in each of our Peacebuilding Cornerstones and Advocacy efforts in September 2017! Police & Youth Dialogues This 2017-18 School Year, we will be celebrating Police & Youth Dialogues which occur in local communities across the U.S. […]


How Graham-Cassidy swiftly takes away everything you like about your health care—and fixes nothing that you don’t.

Image courtesy of Indivisible Anchorage from their #KillTheBill Rally on September 20, 2017. The Graham-Cassidy bill is poised to pass the Senate next week. I want to be clear: we cannot take this threat seriously enough. With their backs against the wall, those who have devoted years to attacking the Affordable Care Act will do […]

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HIV Criminalization Beyond Non-Disclosure: Advocacy Toolkits on Intersections with Sex Work and Syringe Use

The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and the National LGBTQ Task Force are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new resource that can help foster more intersectional advocacy for HIV criminal law reform. HIV Criminalization Beyond Non-Disclosure: Advocacy Toolkits on Intersections with Sex Work and Syringe Use is the sum of two toolkits […]

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Webinar: Increasing open data’s social impact with tactical data engagement

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Report: Higher Ed Must Factor In Growing Single Mother Student Population

By Catherine Morris Two-parent households are dwindling in the United States, with four out of 10 children being born to a single mother, according to a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Between 1999 and 2012, the number of single mothers attending college has nearly doubled. “Because single mothers are a growing […]


Capitally Charged, Alabama Man Imprisoned 10 Years Without Trial

In a racially charged case raising questions of prosecutorial overcharging, inadequate representation, and questionable jury practices, Kharon Davis (pictured), an African-American man charged with capital murder in Dothan, Alabama, has been imprisoned for 10 years without trial. Davis—who has consistently maintained his innocence and whose prior offense was driving without a license—was 22 years old when he and […]

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The Emmys Took Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

Posted by Anna Khan September 20, 2017 The Emmy Awards aired on Sunday to celebrate achievements in television this past year. As host Stephen Colbert said in his opening monologue, the Emmys featured its most diverse group of nominees in history, and many of these diverse voices actually won. In the fields of directing, acting, […]

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Head Smacker: They’re trying to repeal the ACA…again

Millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief in July when the Senate failed – by one vote – to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But despite hearing from millions of you, their constituents, before, during, and after their summer recess, Senate leaders are at it again. They are trying one more time to end […]

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Number of Single Mothers in College Doubled Over a Decade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 20, 2017Contact: Jennifer Clark, clark@iwpr.org, 202.785.5100  Nearly 40% of Black women in college are single mothers Washington, DC—The number of single mothers in college more than doubled in 12 school years between 1999 and 2012, to reach nearly 2.1 million students—or 11 percent of all undergraduates—according to a new briefing paper from […]

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Trump’s Latest Tirade

Sep 20, 2017 By   Mike Hersh for Donna, Mike F, Judy, Bryan, Dan, Janis, Deb, Amos, Dr. Bill, and Kim, your PDA National Team Our work for peace has never been more important. Yesterday at the United Nations—a place for diplomacy and negotiation—Trump vowed to “totally destroy North Korea.” He also took gratuitous swipes at […]

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Rep. Raul Grijalva Puts His Body Into The Machine

Sep 19, 2017 Photo credit Getty Images By   Mike Fox for Dan, Jenise, and the rest of the PDA AZ team Far too often we’re met with congress people who talk a very smooth game, but when the time comes to act?  Crickets. AZ-03 Congressman and PDA Advisory Board member Raul Grijalva is definitely not […]

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Who Trumps Trump Tuesday — Bernie Does, Of Course!

Sep 19, 2017 By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America Today is like no other Tuesday.  We have resisted so much together, and we have insisted on a better path forward.  Today, we know more about one another than we did last Tuesday.  We know that justice trumps injustice. We know the […]

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Posted by Ofelia Alonso September 19, 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Every year, we see national media show us segments on food, folkloric dances, or notable figures in history. With our current political climate, it is important to reflect […]


STUDY: Worst Crimes Carry Highest Risk of Bad Evidence, Wrongful Convictions

Two professors of sociology and criminology who reviewed more than 1500 cases in which convicted prisoners were later exonerated have found a direct relationship between the seriousness of the crime and miscarriages of justice: “the ‘worst of the worst crimes,’” they say, “produce the ‘worst of the worst evidence.’” In their research—reported in the law review article, […]