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Weekly Roundup: October 30, 2020


At the blog

A packed week!

We rounded out our celebration of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Political Economy:

Carmen Gonzalez summarized her arguments that climate change must be understood via a racial capitalism framework to make sense of the possibility of climate justice.

Marion Fourcade and Jeff Gordon outlined their case that the logic of neoliberal governance has shifted with the rise of big data and that the horizons for left politics should shift as well.

If Professor Gonzalez’s article got you fired up about climate change (or if you already were!), Scott Stern and Camila Bustos of Law Students for Climate Accountability shared their vision for stigmatizing law firms that have aided and continue to aid the fossil fuel industry, including their recent report on the worst firms.

Finally Deborah Dinner situated Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s anti-sex-stereotyping work within the political economy of the family and the class- and race-stratified feminism of the 1970s.

In LPE Land

The deadline to apply for the Progressive Talent Pipeline has been extended to November 15! Here’s the original job posting on the LPE site.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Luke Herrine

Check out Lina Khan on Kara Swisher’s “Sway” podcast at the NY Times!

Over at Lawfare Amy Kapczynski coauthored a piece on the unlawfulness of Trump forcing FDA approval of vaccines.

Amna Akbar posted a draft of her response to Michael Klarman’s enormous Havard Law Review Foreword on the current crisis. Professor Akbar took the occasion to explore the meaning and importance of non-reformist reforms.

Abbye Atkinson posted a new article on Congress’s acoustical separation between promoting credit as social provision and regulating debt as a burden, arguing that the two must be considered together given debt’s highly unequal burden.

Tariq El-Gabalawy

I am heartbroken this week by the killing of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia. It is heartbreaking to see another young black man taken too soon, as well as the over zealous police force protestors in the city have faced. Here are links to help Walter Wallace’s family and to donate to a bail fund that is helping protestors arrested during demonstrations.  

I was very touched by this deeply personal and troubling profile of Lydell Grant’s case, a wrongfully convicted man in Texas. The piece does a great job of highlighting how the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has disfavored habeas petitioners by adopting a conservative “pro-prosecutor” view of actual innocence. This issue affects several wrongfully accused individuals like Lydell Grant in the state, and it has become a campaign issue for CCA judges who are elected judges in Texas.   

While BLM protests continue to be misrepresented, evidence of white supremacist violence and terrorism continues to surface. Buzzfeed ran this report on how the Boogaloo Boys has targeted BLM protests to incite riots, destroy property, and even murder Federal officers. The piece demonstrates how the group has managed to build an extremist network used to coordinate terrorist acts.

This piece from Mic spotlighting the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) recently released announcement calling prisons a public health crisis. The spread of COVID in carceral facilities across the country, they argue, highlights the need for urgent abolition and reinvestment in “just and equitable structures that advance the public’s health.” (quote taken from APHA’s Media Advisory)

CA governor Gavin Newsom filed an Amicus Brief in the State’s Supreme Court asserting that the state’s capital punishment scheme is infected with racism. The brief focuses on evidence of racism within the state’s capital punishment scheme and is profound for it’s admission of institutional racism within the state’s criminal legal system