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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.


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.”

Drones, Drugs and Death

Esther Kersley openDemocracy
The war on terror’s methods of mass surveillance and remote warfare are not unique. The US is also addicted to covert tools in its ‘war on drugs’, with disastrous consequences.

Owning Up to Failed 'War on Drugs,' DOJ To Release Wave of Nonviolent Offenders

Lauren McCauley Common Dreams
The decision to release 6,000 federal prisoners before the end of their sentence is a sign of the failure of the "war on drugs." But it’s no substitute for systemic reforms that cut off the cycle of mass incarceration. Congress still needs to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform," said Michael Collins, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance.
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