Elk, Mike

Mike Elk, an In These Times contributing editor, has worked for the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers union, the Campaign for America's Future and the Obama-Biden campaign.

Troy Davis Executed, While CEO Responsible for Deaths of 29 Miners Sails Free

By Mike Elk

Wednesday night at 11:08, Troy Anthony Davis was executed in the State of Georgia for the 1989 murder of a police officer. Much doubt existed in the case as seven of the nine witnesses recanted their testimony (one even claimed that an eighth murder witness was guilty) and no DNA or other physical evidence linked Davis to the crime.

Former FBI Director William Sessions wrote, “The evidence in this case — consisting almost entirely of conflicting stories, testimonies and statements — is inadequate to the task of convincingly establishing either Davis’ guilt or his innocence.” Davis maintained his innocence up until his death, telling the family of the murdered police officer, “I was not the one who took the life of your father, son, brother.”

In California and New Jersey, EFCA Déjà Vu

By Mike Elk

This year in Madison, Wisconsin, Democrats stood up for the right to collectively bargain. In fact, they actually fled the state in order to prevent Republicans from passing a bill virtually stripping the right from public-sector workers. As we saw throughout the historic occupation of the Wisconsin capitol, when it comes to workers’ rights, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and organized labor were not divided. Workers’ rights were not a bargaining chip that Democrats trade for leverage on another issue.