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Puerto Rican prisoner should be freed

By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, May 29, 2013

It was out of proportion to keep incarcerating him 14 years ago. Today, it is simply a disgrace.

Silicon Valley Needs to Solve Its Diversity Problem

by Orson Aguilar

Congratulations to Google for owning up to its massive diversity problem, a problem that seems endemic in the Silicon Valley tech world.

Late last month, Google’s senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, came clean. In a blog post entitled “Getting to work on diversity at Google,” he revealed that 70 percent of Google’s employees were men, 60 percent were white, only 3 percent were Hispanic and only 2 percent were black.

“It’s time to be candid about the issues,” he wrote.

Yes, it is!

No Child Is a Superpredator

By Xavier McElrath-Bey

I am a superpredator.

At least that is how criminologists would have described me when I was a teenager.

I was sentenced for my role in a first-degree murder when I was 13, just before the superpredator theory came into being.

A handful of criminologists, using apocalyptic language, claimed that kids would be responsible for a dramatic increase in violent crime during the 1990s. Such kids would be impulsive and remorseless. Black and Latino youth would be the center of that explosion in violence, according to the theory.

25 years after Tiananmen, Democracy Movement Hard to Find

By Winifred C. Chin

On this 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the remnants of the pro-democracy movement in China are hard to find.

What began as a peaceful demonstration at Tiananmen Square in Beijing ended in a bloody massacre of students and civilians as army tanks rolled down the Avenue of Eternal Peace to suppress the voices of democracy on June 4, 1989. Among those who lost their lives were high school and university students, teachers and professors, office workers, retirees and people from all walks of life.

Native Americans Still Struggle 90 Years After Citizenship

By Mark Anthony Rolo

Ninety years ago, the U.S. Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land.

On June 2, 1924, Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, in part to recognize the Native Americans who had fought in World War I. It took a few decades more before every state obeyed this law.

But the Indian Citizenship Act was designed not so much to grant equal rights to Native Americans as it was to further assimilate the Indian into American society.

Five Years After Dr. Tiller's Murder, Need to Lessen Rhetoric

by Angie Trudell Vasquez

It’s been five years since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down by an anti-abortion fanatic, and if it taught us anything, it taught us that we need reasonable dialogue on the subject of abortion.

We don’t need gunshots, firebombs, threats or continued bullying of doctors and their female patients who are seeking services guaranteed to them under the law.

On Sunday, May 31, 2009, Scott Roeder shot Tiller through the eye while the doctor was serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kan. Roeder was convicted of murder, and is now serving a life sentence.