Harrison Neville

Locals voice concern over future prison in Brierfield

Updated at 12:52 a.m. to clarify one of Dr. Goodson’s statements was in response to McNeely’s statement involving impact of a pump.   In April of 2019, the Department of Justice notified the state of Alabama that the Alabama Department of Corrections was in violation of the constitution for its failure to “protect prisoners from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners; and maintain facilities that are sanitary, safe, or secure.”  According to Alabama Appleseed, this marked “the first time in the 39-year history of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (“CRIPA”), the U.S. Department of Justice found an entire state prison system for men operating in violation of the U.S. Constitution.”  In what is seen as a response to this report, several prisons were closed down, and plans to construct three new prisons were announced.   For many living in the small, unincorporated community of Brierfield, the news that there were plans to construct a prison there came as a surprise – and not a pleasant one.   The plan to construct a prison in the area was announced by Gov. Ivy on Sept. 3 and was the first that the residents living there had heard of it. This caused a large deal of displeasure for many of the residents, leading to the formation of the “Block the Brierfield Prison” group on Facebook, and a petition on change.org.  As of Nov. 17, the Facebook page had a little over 1,000 followers, and...

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Amy Coney Barrett appointed 115th Supreme Court Justice

On Monday, Oct. 26, the Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the 115 justice appointed to the Supreme Court, and the fifth woman on the Court. The vote was 52 to 48, with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine being the only Republican not to vote in favor of confirming Barrett.   Barrett is the only Justice who did not graduate from Harvard or Yale Law school, as she is a graduate of Notre Dame Law.   Barrett’s nomination generated a lot of contention from the Democratic party with many of its members arguing that the nomination should wait until after the election. These arguments were similar to the same arguments made by Republicans when former President Barack Obama tried to appoint a justice as his term was coming to an end.   The confirmation of Barrett marks a shift in the makeup of the Supreme Court and tilts it to the right, with six conservative justices to three liberal justices.   Many Democrats reacted negatively to the news, and both Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted their beliefs that Biden should pack the Supreme Court to fix what they viewed as a problem.  “Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices. By expanding the court, we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people,” said Rep. Omar...

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“The more things change, the more things stay the same”

Photo by Anna Grace Askelson. There is a well-known expression first coined by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” In English, we generally translate this to mean “the more things change, the more they still stay the same.”   This often-depressing expression is one that seems ever present in my thoughts of late as I consider the current situation in America, particularly the murder of Breonna Taylor.   Because the truth of the matter is that Taylor’s death was not something unheard of or isolated. It was not something that had not occurred in the past. It was not a surprise.   On...

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Breonna Taylor protest in Montevallo

Photo by Anna Grace Askelson. On March 13, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her Louisville residence by police officers using a no-knock warrant. The death of Taylor sparked protest in Louisville and across the nation, adding to the current level of civil unrest revolving around civil rights.   On Sept. 23, former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison was indicted with three charges of wanton endangerment due to the shots he fired during the raid that struck a neighboring residence with three people inside. He has pleaded not guilty.  On Sept. 27, a small protest against Taylor’s death and subsequent...

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PS238: Not your average superhero story

Aaron Williams, “PS238” Issue 19. In the cliché filled genre of capes and tights, Aaron Williams’s “PS238” stands out as something unique in a sea full of well written tropes.   While Williams’s artwork shows the well-polished nature of an experienced writer, this is not what most noticeably sets his work apart. The thing about “PS238” that most noticeably sets it apart is the fact that its story revolves around a group of children attending Public School 238, the school for metaprodigy children.   Metaprodigy, of course, is this universe’s slang for superpowered kid. While this might seem to fall into the same trope of...

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