racism

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 […]

Understanding Ableism, a Very Common Form of Prejudice

Understanding Ableism, a Very Common Form of Prejudice

People throw around a lot of “isms” these days. Most people already understand the concept of racism, sexism, and even classism. They also understand the concepts of homophobia and transphobia. All of these are forms of prejudice that people have against conditions and features that people can not change. Sometimes, these prejudices are overt and […]

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 […]

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled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 […]

I Can’t Breathe: Reflections from a Mom Battling Her Son’s Epilepsy with Cannabis

I Can’t Breathe: Reflections from a Mom Battling Her Son’s Epilepsy with Cannabis

Summer 2014 The evening was blazing hot. I was in the middle of mixing myself a bourbon with ginger beer on ice while Michael busied himself cooking our dinner. Calvin was screeching and spinning in his johnny-jump-up. He’d had an off day, whining a lot at who knows what. When I turned to check on him […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]

The Cannabis Global Initiative and NAACP Call Attention to the Racial Remarks of Dr. Christian Thurstone

The Cannabis Global Initiative and NAACP Call Attention to the Racial Remarks of Dr. Christian Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone has claimed to be an expert on the effects of cannabis on developing brains. Numerous times he has been quoted for controversial remarks. The Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI) is concerned that the State of Colorado and numerous media outlets are allowing the racial remarks of Thurstone, a certified addiction psychiatrist, a medical […]