Daily Clips: April 30th, 2015

New Yorker – John Cassidy.

Words are just words, John Cassidy warns us all in his latest piece. But he feels that the latest speeches from Clinton and Obama on criminal justice reform are an encouraging starting place for a necessary pivot from the “lock-em up” mentality that has dominated the public debate in America for so long. The scope of their language on the Baltimore riots, Cassidy claims, is sufficiently broad and acknowledges the complex nature of these issues. As Hillary Clinton said the other day:
I don’t want the discussion about criminal justice, smart policing, to be siloed, and to permit discussions and arguments and debates about it to only talk about that. The conversation needs to be much broader. Because that is a symptom, not a cause, of what ails us today.
Why so many Americans feel powerless: Robert Reich points out how our choices in everyday life are rapidly receding in the 21st century, from airline providers to the political system. He attributes this lack of choice to the rising levels of frustration and powerlessness that pervades our national psyche today.

Minimum wage as a 2016 wedge issue: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will target Senate Republicans who have opposed a minimum wage increase in 2016 elections.

Nonviolence as compliance in Baltimore: The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that “when nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.”

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.