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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, and I’ve served six years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I have four more years to go. I think…

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 of the war on drugs. I was lucky enough to be granted executive clemency in 1997. Since my release I…

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 with shindigs in non-emergency settings, especially when booze is sold, which essentially turns a private home or warehouse into an…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Supporting Only ‘Good’ Black Victims Won’t Dismantle White Supremacy

Supporting Only ‘Good’ Black Victims Won’t Dismantle White Supremacy

In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for…

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