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The Price Of Black Life: A Response To Sperm Bank Lawsuit Over Black Baby

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Perhaps only cognitive dissonance could possibly define the couple's "deep love" for their daughter while simultaneously objecting to an essential part of her existence, her Blackness.

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Artist Creates Mock Police Sketches To Address Issue Of 'Wanted' Youth

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Over a nearly three decade period from 1980 to 2008, U.S. incarceration rates have accelerated from an estimated 500,000 to 2.3 million people. Dispr...

Why Criminalizing Bullying Is the Wrong Approach

Deborah Temkin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

Instead of criminalizing bullying, we must work to prevent bullying before it starts by creating safe and supportive school climates and providing consequences that help restore and repair relationships and environments, preventing bullying from continuing.

Global Criminalization Of Homosexuality, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

In the wake of Uganda's recent criminalization of homosexuality, Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, addressed the highly charged topic of anti-gay l...

Black Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Case of DeSean Jackson

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 06.11.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

This is bigger than DeSean Jackson or the NFL. In a nation where black youth are routinely stopped and frisked because they "fit a profile," what happens to DeSean Jackson matters.

The Over-Policing of America

Chase Madar | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Chase Madar

American over-policing involves far more than the widely reported up-armoring of your local precinct. It's also the way police power has entered the DNA of social policy, turning just about every sphere of American life into a police matter.

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

Attack Homelessness, Not Homeless People

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

As unemployment and foreclosures continue to drive record increases in homelessness, many cities are stepping up efforts to criminalize it. That's wro...

Is Criminalization of HIV Transmission Effective? Swedish Case Reveals Why the Answer Is No

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Marianne Mollmann

The highly publicized use of the criminal law in Sweden to punish those living with HIV for being timid about their health status does not make it easier for anyone to disclose.

Philadelphia Considers Making Homeless People Criminals

Pat LaMarche | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Not everyone who panhandles is homeless but every homeless person will have a much harder time finding housing if their homelessness earns them a criminal record.

Berkeley Merchants Plot a Police Clampdown on Youth

Paul Boden | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

Across the nation, cities are responding to poverty and homelessness not by creating programs to enable people to survive these harsh times, but by persecuting the victims of an economic downturn of historic dimensions.

Will Cigarettes Be Illegal In The Future?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Newman

Will cigarettes be illegal in the future? The battle over cigarettes is heating up -- and recent news shows that momentum to criminalize tobacco smoking continues to build in the U.S. and around the world.

The Responsibilities of Being Young, Beautiful and HIV Positive: HIV Allegations Place Pop Star on Trial

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

There are valid arguments that show the potential counter productivity of criminalizing HIV when the issue is viewed from a societal perspective.

Uganda AIDS Policy: from Exemplary to Ineffective

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

This post first appeard in the June 24 eidtion of The Observer In mid-July AIDS experts from around the world will gather for the 18th international ...

Taking a Stand to Keep Sitting Legal

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

San Francisco is poised to become the latest in a string of cities to adopt a law making it a crime to sit on the sidewalk. While it is the case that ...

Burden of HIV Disclosure Laws Fall on Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Glorius Kyarihunda was brutally murdered by her husband days after he blamed her for a positive HIV test. She's not alone: thousands of African women suffer violent abuse when they disclose their status.

The Profitability Of Inequality

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

The current concept of the "illegal" person has its roots in the Black Codes, used to define who could be enslaved and who couldn't.