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I Won’t Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

I Won’t Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

For the past eight years, I’ve lived inside the land of American corrections. First, I spent two years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections,…

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

As a former prisoner who served 12 years of a 15-to-life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime in New York, I know all too well the draconian nature…

NYPD internal order gives cops guidelines on how to police house parties

NYPD internal order gives cops guidelines on how to police house parties

The NYPD has given its cops a 10-page how-to guide for policing house parties. The internal order, issued last month, provides officers a playbook on how to deal…

U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

Never in the 30 years since the the Federal Reserve first starting collecting wealth data has the divide between the rich and everyone else been so large, according…

Eric Garner and the Value of Black Obese Bodies

Eric Garner and the Value of Black Obese Bodies

Amidst the raft of deaths of African-American men at the hands of police that has captured the nation’s attention recently, we have seen repeated descriptions of the purportedly…

Sony Exec’s Apology Following Prejudicial Emails Is Just Not Enough, and Here’s Why

Sony Exec’s Apology Following Prejudicial Emails Is Just Not Enough, and Here’s Why

The definition of “racism” is “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” Individual racism,…

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company’s manufacture of deadly cluster bombs. They have…

THE BATTLE TO BOOST OPPORTUNITY

THE BATTLE TO BOOST OPPORTUNITY

Concentrated poverty remains a huge barrier to developing the potential of black and Hispanic youth in the United States. Of all the issues raised by the deaths of…

Obama Is Right to Emphasize Progress and Hope — If There’s No Hope, Why Bother Fighting?

Obama Is Right to Emphasize Progress and Hope — If There’s No Hope, Why Bother Fighting?

Earlier this week, President Obama sat down for an interview on Black Entertainment Television. The primary focus of the interview was the issue broadly defined as Black Lives…

Protester On Police Shooting Of Aura Rosser: ‘We Can’t Be Silent When It Happens To A Woman’

Protester On Police Shooting Of Aura Rosser: ‘We Can’t Be Silent When It Happens To A Woman’

Days after police released the name of the officer who killed a woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, protesters called for answers and the firing of Officer David Ried.…

Sexual Assault Statistics Can Be Confusing, But They’re Not The Point

Sexual Assault Statistics Can Be Confusing, But They’re Not The Point

One in 4. One in 5. One in 10. One in 40. There are a lot of statistics that get thrown around about how many women are sexually…

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