Detroit

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Content Note: This article discusses rape and rape culture. In 2009, a Detroit prosecutor discovered something horrifying: there was a backlog of untested rape kits in a warehouse, some dating all the way back to the 1980s. After records were checked, it turned out that there were more than 11,000 (11,303, to be exact) untested […]

Justice for Aiyana: Cop Who Killed 7 Year-Old Girl Sleeping in Bed Begins Trial

Justice for Aiyana: Cop Who Killed 7 Year-Old Girl Sleeping in Bed Begins Trial

The jury has been seated in the trial of Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl sleeping on a sofa during a SWAT raid that was being filmed as part of a reality television show, “The First 48.” The murder happened on May 16th, 2010. Aiyana Stanley-Jones was sleeping when law […]