violence

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Trigger Warning: This article discusses suicide, theft/home invasion and law enforcement dehumanizing a deceased person. The violence due to the prohibition of marijuana has seriously affected my life. In its entirety I have encountered domestic violence, imprisonment due to drugs, imprisonment due to my belief system, gun violence, robbery, dismissal, rejection, unemployment, and now avoidable […]

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 […]

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Are you a parent? If not, do have children (or perhaps companion animals) that you feel lovingly protective toward? Imagine that love and that connection, and then try to imagine how terrible your situation would have to be to send that person you loved far, far away without you. How desperate would you have to […]

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

The tension was high and the air stale, somehow this all seemed very ritualistic and business as usual, likely because it was. An average height man with shaggy hair and an unkempt face sat still and anxious as the defendant; the room, in agony, awaited the jury’s consensus. Their deliberation: Guilty A sick and gruesome […]

What’s Missing From the Gun Control Debate

What’s Missing From the Gun Control Debate

When I think of the children in Newtown, Connecticut who were senselessly and viciously shot and killed, I think about the birthdays they will never have, the graduations they will never have and the beautiful lives that will never manifest in the way they should have.  I try not to think about Adam Lanza a […]