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Politics of Black Lives Matter: Broadening Public Safety Priorities Beyond Arrests and Prisons

Nicole D. Porter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole D. Porter

We'll know Black lives matter when public safety responses aren't defined by arrests or prison admissions but by work to reduce contact with the criminal justice system in the first place.

7 Lies We Have To Stop Telling About African-American Girls

PolicyMic | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices

In February, President Barack Obama stood before a group of African-American boys (and other boys of color) in the White House to announce his $200 mi...

With Marijuana Legal, New Criminal Class Needed

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.

How A Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life

Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

Luis Rivera had some peace of mind for about five months, from late fall of 2010 through early spring of the following year. That’s the closest thin...

Emancipation Proclamation and Realizing MLK Dream

Scott Hancock | Posted 03.17.2013 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that freedom without the security of benefitting from the economic and political stability that African Americans helped create was an empty freedom. Today, we haven't moved nearly far enough.

The Other Pipeline Decision

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Ivanley Noisette

The Pipeline to Prison is a national crisis that deserves the attention of advocates, lawmakers and the media. It will be up to us to pressure policymakers to address this pipeline with the same urgency demonstrated during the debate over Keystone XL.

Can We Talk Now?

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Janet Langhart Cohen

President Obama may be black, but he couldn't talk about issues that are vital to our survival -- high unemployment, racist drug laws, disproportionately high imprisonment rates and sentences, inadequate access to health care, etc. -- without scaring the white folks.

Lisa Ling Covers Black Men In Jail | Posted 11.19.2011 | Black Voices

Lisa Ling has covered a range of topics on her documentary series "Our America," from underage sex trafficking to the difficulties of being gay and Ch...

Does This Lego Toy Send the Wrong Message to Children?

Rebecca Walker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Walker

Didn't we all decide at some great collective moment of insight and compassion that war and oppression are not games, toys or other activities to engage in mindlessly as play?