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Petition: Pardon 25 Women Serving Time for ‘Drug Conspiracies’

Petition: Pardon 25 Women Serving Time for ‘Drug Conspiracies’

When one reads the charge “drug conspiracy,” it calls to mind kingpins and diabolical plots, not making the simple mistake of allowing a boyfriend to borrow a car. Still, for the 25 women included in this petition, that is generally what these charges mean; they had a personal relationship with someone who was facing charges. […]

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Content Note: This article discusses bullying, transphobia/hate and suicide of a transgender teenager. Leelah Alcorn’s friends describe her as funny, despite struggling with ongoing depression and a difficult home life. At 17, she had known she was different all of her life but had only recently learned how to give voice to that difference. Because […]

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Sunday, December 7th, 2014, was Brandon Ellingson’s 21st birthday. Unlike many mothers on this auspicious day, Sherry Henrickson Ellingson didn’t spend the evening pacing and fretting that her son might be getting too drunk with his friends. Instead, she attended one of the multiple candlelit vigils being held in his memory. Brandon Ellingson drowned while […]

Petition: Free Jeff Mizanskey, Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

Petition: Free Jeff Mizanskey, Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

There’s a petition on Change.org that has been building momentum. It is a petition requesting clemency from the Governor of Missouri for a man who has been in prison for twenty years and faces life without parole for a non-violent cannabis crime. Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced under Missouri’s harsh three-strikes law. He had been arrested […]

PETITION: Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence & Misconduct

PETITION: Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence & Misconduct

Via Shaun King, Change.org petition creator: This petition is for Amadou Diallo – shot at 41 times. An innocent, hardworking man simply reaching for his wallet, Diallo should be alive today. This petition is for Sean Bell – shot at over 50 times and killed on his wedding day.  This petition is for Oscar Grant – handcuffed with […]

Cops Punch 70 Year Old Diabetic Man in Head, Cleared of Wrongdoing

Cops Punch 70 Year Old Diabetic Man in Head, Cleared of Wrongdoing

Trigger warning: Police brutality, ableism In some medical emergencies, the police are the first responders, rather than paramedics or firefighters. For one man experiencing a diabetic episode this past January in San Antonio, Texas, his first responders did more harm than good. Thomas Mathieu, who is 70 years old, recognized that the symptoms he was […]

Mothers in Pennsylvania Unite and Fight for Medical Cannabis

Mothers in Pennsylvania Unite and Fight for Medical Cannabis

Featured image: Eugène Carrière’s “The Sick Child”, 1885 I never would have imagined this moment, but I can say with pride, with dignity, and without reservation that I am a mother fighting to get marijuana for my six-year-old daughter, Lorelei. This is no easy prospect because we don’t live anywhere near a place where real […]