David A. Love

David A. Love

David A Love is the executive director of Philadelphia-based Witness to Innocence, a national organization of exonerated former death row prisoners and their families in the US. He is also executive editor of BlackCommentator.com, and a contributor to the Huffington Post and the NBC News site, theGrio. Follow David on Twitter @davidalove

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Global grassroots mobilisation is the only way to prevent climate apartheid from taking root and taking adequate action to save the human civilisation from dying out because of its own folly. (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Australia Fires Portend a Future of Climate Apartheid
It will be a long hot summer in Australia. Fires of almost biblical proportions have swept across the country, devastating land, property and wildlife. More than 30 people have been killed, a billion animals have died, and more than 3,000 homes have been burned down. The cost of the bushfires has...
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Despite running for president and energizing the nation just a decade ago as a center-left candidate with a message of hope and change, Obama seems to think America does not need systemic change, and Democrats should not rock the boat or make any sudden moves. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Why Obama Is Just Plain Wrong About Democrats Moving 'Too Far Left'
Last-minute presidential candidates such as billionaire Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick , a managing director at Bain Capital, have entered the race in an effort to promote moderation and defeat progressive Democratic candidates who Wall Street fears. But the party of...
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"Americans struggle to come to terms with its original sin of racism," writes Love, "at a time of weaponised white supremacy, when domestic terrorism with a white male face poses the greatest threat to their lives." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images News) Views
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Mass Shootings: The Most American Way to Kill and Die
This year the United States has repeatedly made international headlines with a series of mass shootings. According to the Gun Violence Archive , as of August 6, the US has experienced 253 such incidents since the beginning of the year - an average of more than one shooting a day. In the most recent...
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Cyntoia Brown in the PBS documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. (Photo: Daniel H. Birman Productins, Inc) Views
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Cyntoia Brown Shows Us That Justice Is Not Blind
Cyntoia Brown was a victim of child sex trafficking who killed her abuser. Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire serial child sex abuser. Both were convicted and sentenced – in ways that demonstrate the profound inequities of our criminal justice system. On December 6, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled...
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Why It's One Law for the Rich in America and McJustice for the Rest
With an historic vote in the state senate for repeal of that state's death penalty statute, Maryland is on track to become the 18th US state to abolish capital punishment .
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
How America's Death Penalty Murders Innocents
The US criminal justice system is a broken machine that wrongfully convicts innocent people, sentencing thousands of people to prison or to death for the crimes of others, as a new study reveals. The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University have compiled a new National Registry of Exonerations – a database of over 2,000 prisoners exonerated between 1989 and the present day, when DNA evidence has been widely used to clear the names of innocent peopl
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
The US Government's Capital Punishment Prerogative
While much attention is paid to the 34 US states that still administer the death penalty, federal and military systems of executions also exist. The retention of the US federal death penalty undermines those states that have abolished capital punishment – and federal executions undermine Washington's claims of world leadership in human rights.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The Racial Bias of the US Death Penalty
The application of the US death penalty is unfair, arbitrary and racially biased. Whether a defendant receives a death sentence depends not on the merits of the case, so much as on his or her skin colour – and the race of the victim – and the county in which the murder case was prosecuted.
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