Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans.  He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at quigley77@gmail.com

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Fifteen Most Outrageous Responses by Police after Killing Unarmed People
Police kill a lot of unarmed people. So far in 2015, as many as 100 unarmed people have been killed by police. Here are fifteen of the most outrageous reasons given by police to justify killing unarmed people in the last twelve months. First, a bit of background. So far in 2015, there have been...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2015
40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the US, totaling 6.8 million people, one of every 35 adults. We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail . Most...
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Monday, May 25, 2015
2015 Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?
Memorial Day is, by federal law , a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world? Permanent War Since 1980 the...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Dear God, Please Just Say No To Gov. Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday announced he is praying over his decision whether to run for president. Yesterday he also issued an executive order yesterday supporting discrimination against marriages by Louisiana gay and lesbian citizens, minutes after a similar bill was overwhelmingly...
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Alito and Scalia: Have You No Sense of Decency Sirs?
In the 1940s and 1950s, countless people in the US were being bullied and brutalized by the anti-communist scare tactics and character assassinations of Senator Joseph McCarthy . The end of the McCarthy red-baiting era began when Joseph Welch stood up to McCarthy after he attacked a young lawyer on...
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The "Shocking" Statistics of Racial Disparity in Baltimore
Were you shocked at the disruption in Baltimore? What is more shocking is daily life in Baltimore , a city of 622,000 which is 63 percent African American. Here are ten numbers that tell some of the story. One. Blacks in Baltimore are more than 5.6 times more likely to be arrested for possession of...
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Monday, March 16, 2015
Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage
One. Seven Nobel Laureates in Economics endorse the higher minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, saying it does not lead to lower fewer jobs. Two. Job losses from raising the minimum wage are negligible. Minimum wage has already been raised 23 times . Every time it was raised it was opposed by some few...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Warning to Ferguson Police: Protesters Win Millions for Police Misconduct
Police officers should approach Ferguson protestors with caution and fully respect their constitutional rights. That is the clear message from recent court awards and settlements against police force abuses against demonstrators. New York City just paid out $17.9 million to more than 1800...
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights. The Ferguson police have been on TV more than others so people can see how awful they have been acting. But their...
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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The Best Teachers I Ever Had
I used to live and work in the Irish Channel at Hope House in New Orleans. I worked with families who lived in the St. Thomas Housing Development. Over 1500 families lived in brick buildings stretched three blocks by four blocks in the area which is now the River Garden apartments. Some Catholic...
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