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Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Dahlonega, GA 2005: An eight member SWAT team comprised of a drug task force spent 4 hours in the early morning raiding Sharon Ravert’s family home, holding her family at gunpoint, arresting and cavity searching her 19-year-old daughter at the local sheriff’s office, then jailed her daughter for 2 days, and found only a bud […]

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

It’s almost 2015 but not quite yet! That means it’s time for end-of-year giving. While there are over a million charitable organizations from which to choose, Ladybud Magazine asked readers and staff to suggest a few that are their favorites. Some of the organizations might be recognizable but we’ve made a special effort to include […]

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Michael Brown’s death is a tragic loss to his family, community, and this nation. But because of this tragedy, and the protests that followed, national leaders are finally paying attention to racial profiling and discriminatory policing. We must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals by the police to be in […]

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Trigger Warning: This article discusses police murder of a man who called them for help and includes a link to graphic video of the murder. For much of his life, my son Milton stood up for those who did not have the strength to stand up for themselves. But now he’s gone, gunned down by […]

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Privatized prisons, also called for-profit prisons, bring with them a host of serious issues. One of the major concerns is that inmates will be treated poorly and subject to inhumane conditions as corner-cutting to expand profits is all but inevitable. Places were cuts will dramatically affect quality of life include healthcare, inmate educational programs/libraries, and […]

Washington City Dispensary Ban Lawsuit Threatens to Derail State Legalization

Washington City Dispensary Ban Lawsuit Threatens to Derail State Legalization

Today on the West Coast, a judge will hear the opening arguments in a case that could undo the progress made in Washington state regarding cannabis policy. Fife, located in Pierce County, Washington, is one of many municipalities which is trying to prohibit the development of legal cannabis-related businesses (particularly retail dispensaries). Tedd Wetherbee has […]

ACLU Calls for End of Solitary Confinement of Minors

ACLU Calls for End of Solitary Confinement of Minors

Every day across the country, kids as young as 13 are held in solitary confinement with almost no human contact for days or months at a time. Solitary can amount to torture, and the consequences can be devastating for children because they are still developing—that’s why we must stop this cruelty now. Earlier this year, […]

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones. And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like […]

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Our federal prison population is out of control. While America has only five percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s prison inmates–an 800% increase in the last 30 years. Unless we curb policies like extreme sentencing, our prison population will continue to grow at these staggering rates. And taxpayers like […]

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]