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Community poetry site honors police officers killed and citizens killed by police

“Lament for the Dead is an online community poetry project which will mark the death of every person killed by police this summer, and every police officer who loses life in the line of duty, with a poem.”

“The first lie that hate tells us is that any other person is not as human as we are. This project resists that lie by recognizing each other’s humanity, even in the most difficult places. Some people believe all people killed by police are criminals.  Some people believe the police are criminals. Many people believe no criminal deserves lament. But this project asks us to seek the humanity in all people, even when we have committed terrible crimes. At heart, it asks whether we hope someone might offer grace to us, at our ugliest or most difficult moments. When poets join, they do not know whether they will be lamenting the death of an officer or someone who is killed by police. Poets commit to writing on a specific date, and compose each poem in less than 24 hours, based on the events of the previous day. Death notices are posted as they are reported in the press, according to the time of each death, and then replaced by a poem. The community includes poets from Texas to Michigan, Southern California to New York City: college students and grandmothers, children and spouses of police, award-winning poets, lawyers, psychiatrists, editors, professors, social workers, and the poet laureate of New York. Argument, strategy, and reckoning are all crucial for change. But to heal, we must also mourn. Poetry provides us with a language beyond news reports and legal doctrine, a place where we can ask questions instead of taking refuge in easy answers or cheap blame. It asks us not to judge, but to listen. It gives us the time and space to weep. And as it does, it may help us imagine another way.”

New on LLRX – Unwarranted DNA Sampling: The Legacy of Maryland v. King

Via – Unwarranted DNA Sampling: The Legacy of Maryland v. King “Criminal law expert Ken Strutin’s article addresses how DNA forensics is about information, privacy and the presumption of innocence. It has become the determinant for identification, solving cold cases and exonerating the innocent. Strutin describes that at its core, it is an inestimable library of personalContinue Reading

Snowden Leaked Documents Reveal NSA Monitoring of Global Law Firm

James Risen reported from Washington, and Laura Poitras from Berlin. Charlie Savage contributed reporting from Washington: “The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers. A top-secret document, obtained by theContinue Reading

Annenberg Learner helps teachers and students increase their knowledge

“Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation’s goal of encouraging theContinue Reading

New poem on by Brooke Grasberger

Via – Brooke Grasberger’s Legends.

New on LLRX – Poems by Brooke Grasberger

Via LLRX – from Constant Currents: Poems by Brooke Grasberger – two new poems. Read and enjoy all Brooke’s poems via one link.

New on LLRX – Poems by Brandon D. Johnson

Via – Poems by Brandon D. Johnson – LLRX is honored to publish two poems by Brandon D. Johnson, a colleague of several decades working in the legal and legislative arena in Washington, DC – providing expert services to law firms and government agencies. Brandon is an insightful and fluent poet, as well asContinue Reading

LA Times – Inauguration 2013: Richard Blanco's poem captures nation's hope, unease

LA Times: “In about 550 words, Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem created a metaphorical country and took it through the journey of a metaphorical day. “One Today” was an intimate and sweeping celebration of our shared, single identity as a people, and Blanco recited it in a voice that was both confident and tenderly soft-spoken. BlancoContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Constant Currents: Poems by Brooke Grasberger

Via – Constant Currents: Poems by Brooke Grasberger – From an emerging poet, LLRX is delighted to publish a new collection by Brooke Grasberger.