Recapping the 2015 DPA International Drug Reform Conference

January 7, 2016 Experiences 0

Although a little later than I expected to be posting this; I present to you, a tiny glimpse of the 2015 International Drug Reform Conference, through the eyes of someone who hopes to regain some hues after an upbringing of color-blindness. The Drug Policy Alliance’s International Reform Conference, which I had been anticipating since 2013,… Read more

The Forgotten African Muslim Slaves

December 10, 2015 Uncategorized 0

  Donald Trump’s call for the banning of Muslims from entering the United States demonstrates a certain hint of historical irony given the manner in which the earliest Muslims arrived in the United States in the first place. Many of the Africans that came to the United States were Muslims that were brought to America… Read more

Internalizing Police Violence

December 2, 2015 Uncategorized 0

Last year during the Ferguson riots, former basketball player Charles Barkley expressed more outrage at the protestors than the actions of police officers that invoked such protests in the first place. Sheriff David Clarke of Wisconsin has been a very vocal critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, referring to the activists involved as “slime”… Read more

Employers should echo Obama on ‘ban the box’: From The Community

November 22, 2015 Uncategorized 0

As a small business owner, I welcomed President Obama’s announcement that the federal government won’t ask job applicants about their criminal record until later in the hiring process. It matters because the difference between finding a job and not being able to provide for one’s family can come down to a single question: “Have you… Read more

Do All Lives Matter?

November 14, 2015 Current Events 0

“Westerners are finally being given just a small taste of the constant fear that people from other nations have endured for generations. So solidarity with, and compassion for, the French is a good thing. But solidarity and compassion for the victims of terrorism everywhere is even better, in particular those who’ve fallen victim to the… Read more

Crime, Labor, and Profits: From Slave Plantations to the New Jim Crow

November 6, 2015 Uncategorized 0

One of the key elements of the New Jim Crow is the relationship between punitive measures and the exploitation of labor. Prisoners are not only locked away for violating laws, but very often they are used as laborers for the benefit of private companies. Michelle Alexander is clear on making the connection between the New… Read more

Problems with Colorblindness and Race

November 1, 2015 Uncategorized 0

In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander criticized the “colorblind” approach to racial issues in America as a potential hindrance to addressing the issue of racism because it takes race completely out of the conversation. Racial disparities in income, police aggression, education, and other areas still continue within a colorblind society, but under a different… Read more

The Importance of Grassroots Mass Movements

October 28, 2015 Uncategorized 0

One of the things that often gets overlooked in America today is the importance of grassroots mass movements in creating progress. Very often we are told that the most important thing that we can do to create change and to express our voices within the political system is to vote. We see slogans such as… Read more

Racial classification of Inmates at the Orange County, Florida Jail.

May 14, 2015 Research 0

Racial classification of Inmates at the Orange County, Florida Jail. Written by “Speak Up Florida” Research Team. Summary: Orange Country, Florida Jail classifies inmates only as black and white. This classification system hides the fact that most incarcerated people in Orange County, Florida and USA in general, are Black or Hispanics. However, a simple check… Read more