war on drugs

What I Learned From Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman

Michelle Alexander
The New Press - co-published by The Nation and Portside
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world. This is not simply a story about a formerly incarcerated woman dedicated to working for justice and freedom in the era of mass incarceration. It is a story of a black woman who, as she often tells me, is “nothing special” and yet has somehow managed to transform her own life as well as hundreds of lives around her. She has emerged as a leading figure in the movement to end mass incarceration.

Marijuana

April 7, 2017

Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. John Oliver explains why conflicting drug laws pose serious problems.

Legalize It All: How to Win the War on Drugs

Dan Baum
Harper's Magazine
“You want to know what this was really all about?” asked Watergate conspirator Ehrlichman. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”

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