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Crimson Astray: When politicians perpetuate the death penalty against the will of the people

Progressive Alabamians faced an election night last year that was by turns terrifying and soul-crushing, but also, when it comes to criminal justice reform, vaguely hopeful. While many were unsurprised by Trump’s victory in the presidential contest, there were, nevertheless, […]

Crimson Astray: When politicians perpetuate the death penalty against the will of the people

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Progressive Alabamians faced an election night last year that was by turns terrifying and soul-crushing, but also, when it comes to criminal justice reform, vaguely hopeful. While many were unsurprised by Trump’s victory in the presidential contest, there were, nevertheless, […]

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Wiping the stain of capital punishment clean

Soon the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case with the potential to end this nation’s abominably long and freakish experimentation with the death penalty. That’s right,

Larry McDonald: “I just wanted to be the conga player”

Larry McDonald is one of the most accomplished percussionists in the world. Honored in Jamaica in 2011 with a lifetime achievement award, for over fifty years McDonald has recorded

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Underground Truths” at L.A.’s Dub Club

Top photo: Lee “Scratch” Perry performing at the Dub Club in Los Angeles  It’s hard to gauge the immensity of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s contributions to music. By dint of boundless

Alabama’s “Baghdad Bob” of death row

By training, retired Air Force colonel Jeff Dunn is not an actor, an anesthesiologist, nor as pointed out when he was tapped by disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley to

Black Uhuru: A bull session at the beach with Andrew Bees

Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees at the Moto Beach Classic, Orange County, California Anyone familiar with legendary, Grammy Award-winning reggae band Black Uhuru knows what reggae historian Roger

Modern day ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’

My country, 'tis of Thee, Troubled land of shooting sprees, Of Thee I sing; Land where 20 Sandy Hook children died, Land where they tried to kill gay pride, From ev'ry mountain side, high

When racism lurks in the heart of a death penalty juror

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” This single, sinister question, asked over a sepulchral-sounding musical score, was rhetorical; for after a dramatic pause and a

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Alabama with executions

October is a pleasant time of year to be in Alabama — especially if you love killing. Sure, happening times can be had in pumpkin patches and at the Kentuck,

Gov. Greitens: Pull down Missouri’s racist death penalty statutes

This past Tuesday, well over one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Civil War, a powerful, well-connected, well-to-do Southern white man, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, exercised

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