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Vol. 53, No. 2, Fall 2018

Read about indigenous water rights, prison labor, infrastructural exclusion, and more in Vol. 53, No. 2.

Vol. 53, No. 1, Winter 2018

Read about the alt-labor movement, sexual abuse in prisons, and the conservation of public lands in Vol. 53, No. 1.

Vol. 52, No. 2, Summer 2017

Read about the role of grand juries in prosecuting unjustified killings by police, pregnancy behind bars, and the undue burden test for abortion in Vol. 52, No. 2.

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Too Small to Fail: Why Small Business Lending Policy Is Social Justice Policy

As bad actors continue to provide loans that take advantage of low-income and minority borrowers, we must recognize that small business lending policy is social justice policy. The last financial crisis made the effects of predatory lending to communities of color and low-income communities abundantly clear. Those same practices may have taken a different form, but if we once again fail to protect the most vulnerable, the outcome may very well be the same.

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Taking Liberties Episode 4

The panel reviews some progressive victories coming out of ballot initiatives in the 2018 midterm elections and has a discussion on competing perspectives on victim's rights bills.  Our guest for this episode is Robert Anderson, Director of the Native American Law...

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Thank you to @AaronMukerjee for this outstanding piece.

“As bad actors continue to provide loans that take advantage of low-income and minority borrowers, we must recognize that small business lending policy is social justice policy.”


Wrote a blog for @HarvardCRCL about the devastating impact that predatory small business lending can have on low-income communities and communities of color, why it's a growing problem, and what we can do about it.


#BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, thus limiting their ability to use fines to raise revenue.

At any talk when in agreement with the speaker:
Other people: snap
Me: aggressively knock on hard surface
Thanks @HarvardCRCL

Happy Valentines Day! Speaking of romance: here is a piece I wrote for @HarvardCRCL on how the new criminal justice reform act fails women https://t.co/4ChEYzSNd9

Barbaric Beyond Bans: How the First Step Act’s Shackling Provision Fails to Protect Women:
https://t.co/WjcP81kuKQ …

Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, electricity was restored to the MDC, a federal prison in Brooklyn. But problems with the heating system, which are unrelated to the electrical failure, remain, and while parts of the jail have heat, many cells do not: https://t.co/0wLqzCsNJv

Great piece by @MartysaurusRex in @washingtonpost. I'd add that it's not good enough to just "allow" Black youth to dream. As I argue in forthcoming essay in @HarvardCRCL, Black youth are *entitled* to resources for dreaming big & this should be part of a new civil rights agenda. https://t.co/qE85F4Xukz

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