Natasha Lennard

Opinion and Analysis

'Je Suis Charlie' and 'Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie' Are Both the Wrong Response to the Paris Massacre

The slogan that arose in response to the Paris massacre — and the response to the slogan — serves neither the victims nor the discourse around free speech and Islamophobia.
Natasha Lennard
1.14.15
Opinion and Analysis

Who Gets to Talk About Killing Cops?

Following the murders of two NYPD officers, several arrests have been made of people who posted allegedly threatening posts to social media.
Natasha Lennard
1.6.15
Opinion and Analysis

The Cops Who Turned Their Backs at the NYPD Officer's Funeral Are the Most Threatening Protesters Of All

The cops who turned their backs on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were more than disrespectful — they showed that police will reject and resist even mild and reasoned criticism.
Natasha Lennard
12.29.14
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Officers Involved in Recent Shootings Could Face the Federal Charges Brought Against Cops Who Beat Rodney King

Federal authorities are examining the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Dontre Hamilton, but federal charges for the cops remain highly unlikely.
Natasha Lennard
12.25.14
Opinion and Analysis

2014 VICE News Awards: The Most Offensive Tweet — Uber's White Privilege

Uber investor Jason Calacanis doubled down on his shortsighted view that there is no racism in the tech world, calling a discussion about white privilege "racist."
Natasha Lennard
12.24.14
Opinion and Analysis

Asking For Protests to Stop After NYPD Killings Is Standing on The Wrong Side of History

If we view the protests of 2014 as more than knee-jerk reactions to specific police killings, and rather as a continuation of the civil rights struggle, then protests cannot be shut down.
Natasha Lennard
12.23.14
Opinion and Analysis

Failed Policy Still Looms Over the New 'Normal' Between the US and Cuba

From Cuba to Gaza to Iran, powerful nations enact embargoes and sanctions that benefit no one — and feed upon their own failure.
Natasha Lennard
12.18.14
Opinion and Analysis

Mass Protests Over Police Killings Spur Congress to Pass 14-Year-Old Legislation

Until ongoing mass protests forced the issue, the data-hungry US government for years showed little interest in statistics detailing police killings.
Natasha Lennard
12.15.14
Opinion and Analysis

CIA Torture Was No 'Rash' Mistake

Obama's feigned accountability fails to address the fact that the paranoid national security mindset responsible for the torture program is still at work today.
Natasha Lennard
12.11.14
Opinion and Analysis

The Point of Protests Against Police Violence? To Shut the System Down

In the wake of the news there would be no indictments for the officers who killed Mike Brown and Eric Garner, protestors are calling for much more than prosecutions.
Natasha Lennard
12.10.14
Opinion and Analysis

Obama's Call for 50,000 Police Bodycams Is Smart — But Not Enough

Video evidence does not ensure police accountability or an end to brutality. If the justice system doesn't show there are consequences to police violence, then popular resistance must.
Natasha Lennard
12.2.14
Opinion and Analysis

Opposing the Overdose Antidote Narcan Means Approving of Death Sentences for Heroin Users

Those who argue against the expanded use of Narcan to save the lives of heroin users fail to understand the grip of heroin addiction.
Natasha Lennard
12.2.14
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