racism

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled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

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 Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone.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 […]

Dr. Daddio, CGI’s Wanda James, to Discuss Cannabis in Denver’s African American Community

Dr. Daddio, CGI’s Wanda James, to Discuss Cannabis in Denver’s African American Community

Wanda James, Managing Partner of Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), will join the legendary Dr. Daddio this Saturday, October 18, 2014 on AM 760. Dr. Daddio’s show, “Real Talk 760 – Real Life, Real Solutions,” addresses issues affecting Colorado’s African American communities. Topics such as crime prevention, health, economics and politics are routinely discussed. With the […]

PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Removes AIDS, Smoking, Vaporizing

PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Removes AIDS, Smoking, Vaporizing

The Pennsylvania State Senate voted in a landslide to pass the state’s medical marijuana bill, which had just been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier in the week. There were only seven votes against the bill, all Republicans. Now, the State House of Representatives will need to make a decision, and quickly, if the bill […]

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones. And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like […]