civil rights

Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘I Have a Dream’

Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘I Have a Dream’

August 28, 1963: Dr. King delivers one of the most passionate and resonating speeches for equal rights of all time. ‘I Have a Dream’ was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. An estimated 250,000 people listened at the culmination of the March on Washington, an event that implored an end […]

POEM: Caged Bird

POEM: Caged Bird

Caged Bird BY MAYA ANGELOU A free bird leaps on the back of the wind    and floats downstream    till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.   But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage […]

The Heart of Leadership: Why Women + Pot = Power

The Heart of Leadership: Why Women + Pot = Power

By Blair Lyonev, article & feature photo originally published at MJ Headline News at the MJ News Network – Pictured are keynote speakers Debbie Whitlock and Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher receiving gift baskets from Cannabis Basics What would an industry led by women look like? The MJBA Women’s Alliance dares to ask. Tattooed, buttoned-up, pencil-skirted, dreadlocked, twenty-something-to-seventy-something, wide-eyed, […]

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

PHOTO: Bill Buckman speaking at a Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey press conference in 2012 with Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and Managing Editor Vanessa Waltz/Credit: Peter Rosenfeld UPDATE on Bill’s funeral arrangements:  Sunday, October 19th at Platt’s Memorial Chapel, 2001 Haddonfield Berlin road, Cherry Hill, NJ at 1pm. The Ladybud family is mourning […]

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 […]

ACLU Report Shows  Disturbing SWAT Trends

ACLU Report Shows Disturbing SWAT Trends

The ACLU released a new report on Friday, and it says something truly shocking: they estimate that only 7% of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for barricade or hostage situation. In reality, these paramilitary teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants (typically related to the War on Drugs). […]

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 […]

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

Content Note: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. People want to believe that law enforcement officers’ sole objective is to protect and serve the citizens of the municipalities and jurisdictions they serve. Unfortunately, over the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the nature of the police force in […]

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher I’m doing a phone interview with Ed Forchion – otherwise known as NJ Weedman – as he navigates New Jersey’s public transportation system during the evening rush hour. As Forchion walks through Trenton, moving from bus to train and back to bus again, I quickly realize I’m not the only one who wants […]

Cannabis Reform Isn’t the Only Issue: Utah Advocates Un-endorse Jason Christensen, Candidate for House District 64

Cannabis Reform Isn’t the Only Issue: Utah Advocates Un-endorse Jason Christensen, Candidate for House District 64

When a political candidate takes a stand against prohibition, especially in a conservative state like Utah, cannabis activists often offer support and endorsement. However, sometimes a candidate’s position on other important issues can overshadow their support of drug reform. Jason Christensen, candidate for Utah’s House District 64 in Utah County, was officially endorsed earlier this […]