institutionalized racism

New Mexico Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

New Mexico Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

For people of Native American or Hispanic national origin, Columbus Day is far from a celebratory holiday. After all, despite all of the misinformation and hype surrounding Christopher Columbus, he is responsible for the enslavement and genocide of potentially millions of indigenous people across the Americas. It remains a source of constant frustration that our […]

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

The popular saying is that justice is blind, but in reality, it seems like Lady Justice often sees color. Individuals with more melanin are much more likely to suffer the maximum penalties for criminal charges. They are also less likely to be given the benefit of the doubt in situations involving self-defense. The ludicrous prosecution […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

The entire cannabis community went on high alert when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to begin prosecuting those in compliance with state cannabis legalization laws. Multiple states already have functional and profitable licensing and regulation programs in place. Since Colorado legalized adult use of cannabis, more states have started to realize the potential […]

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

In an exciting move that could lead others to follow, the district attorney in Manhattan announced that his office intends to mostly end prosecutions related to marijuana possession or smoking. Of course, they aren’t stopped these prosecutions overnight. The DA, Cyrus Vance Jr., claims that his office will halt cases related to marijuana possession or […]

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Content Note: This article discusses suicide, abuse and mistreatment/torture of a minor by the state. Kalief Browder was, by most accounts, a pretty normal teenager before his arrest. Then, on May 15th, 2010, just before his seventeenth birthday, he and a friend were stopped while walking back to his house in the Bronx, New York. […]

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

Many mainstream media outlets have been noting that Michelle Leonhart’s resignation from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) presents a perfect opportunity for real policy reform in the United States. Instead of appointing a new head who will blindly pursue the status quo of prohibition policies that have utterly failed, the new head of this agency […]

Rinelle Harper Asks First Nations Assembly to Consider Missing and Murdered First Nation Women

Rinelle Harper Asks First Nations Assembly to Consider Missing and Murdered First Nation Women

Content Note: This article discusses assault, sexual assault, murder and attempted murder, all with First Nations women as victims. First Nations women in Canada are disappearing and being murdered at a staggering rate. While First Nations women make up only 4.6% of Canada’s population, they represent 16% of female murder victims and 11.3% of missing […]

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Even as civil unrest and social outrage about institutionalized racism has been reaching fever pitch domestically, young men are still being gunned down by police. Rumain Brisbon is just one of the most recent examples of how institutionalized racism and a drug war out of control have lead to callous disregard for the lives of […]

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

On October 20, 2014, the City of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that authorized City of Philadelphia police to charge a summary citation (similar to a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor narcotics offense. In 2012 activists with Philly NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, investigated the police […]