With the Fourth of July coming up, my colleague Robert P. Alvarez reflects on some uniquely American shortcomings in our claims to freedom and equality, especially for people of color caught up in our criminal justice system.

But with the politics of these issues changing so rapidly, he observes, there might be something to celebrate after all.

Also this week, Gloria Oladipo shares four easy ways anyone can contribute to the fight for racial equality, wherever you live. Jim Hightower muses on the right wing’s war on masks. And Khalil Bendib imagines conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts throwing cold water on the Trump administration’s bad faith effort to kill the DACA program that protected young undocumented immigrants.

New This Week…

Land of the Unfree | Robert P. Alvarez
This July 4, let’s lay claim to the freedom and equality we’ve celebrated for centuries, but seldom practiced.

Four Ways to Fight Racism in Your Town | Gloria Oladipo
No matter where you live, there are lots of ways to contribute.

The Far Right’s Absurd War on Masks| Jim Hightower
Low-cost, low-tech masks save lives, but the nutball right has turned them into symbols of tyranny.

Dreamer in Chief | Khalil Bendib
Trump’s own right-wing court threw cold water on his dream of killing DACA.

In Case You Missed It…

Protesting for Black Lives in Trump Country | Mesha Jefferson
Even here, people are organizing demonstrations to protest racism and police violence.

The Fight for Equality Just Won a Huge Victory | Karen Dolan
There’s a lot of bad news out there, but I hope we’ll celebrate amid the pain.

Child Care in the Time of Corona | Martha Burk
Congress is spending trillions to keep businesses afloat. Are families less important?

A Ridiculous Debate, But a Welcome Ruling | Jill Richardson
Thanks to the Supreme Court, now I have rights that I should have had anyway. Others deserve the same.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.