The massive militarization represented by billions of dollars of U.S. and European arms sales to Mexico as well as illegal gun trafficking is bad news for the many Mexicans devastated by the abuses of police and soldiers.
The drug war has failed, and it's astounding that many on the GOP debate stage still cling to drug war scare tactics reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.
It is predictable that many will gush over Ronald Reagan tonight. But let's remember that Ronald Reagan amplified a war on people of the United States that continues to haunt us today. And it is time for our leaders to find an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.
A group of former 'Just Say No' law enforcement officers is now getting into the public pot business. The State of New Mexico, where medical marijuana can only be sold by state-approved non-profits, received some surprise applications to a recent request for new medical marijuana providers.
The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas.
As we remember the legacy of this great thinker, let's also make sure to educate ourselves on the oppressive and profit-driven history of drug laws in this country and the obstacles that remain. It is a choice to either consent through silence or take action to end the drug war once and for all.
In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.
As we traveled and spoke with organizations and leaders across Honduras we encountered deep opposition to the militarization and corruption of public life that have accompanied the drug war.
It's a story so awful that even though my job involves constantly reading news about drug war atrocities, I avoided this one for days.
The momentum is heartening but not nearly enough. We've only scratched the surface -- feel-good rhetoric, a few dozen pardons -- while leaving the larger, unjust, racist system intact.
The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.
Here are four excellent segments that show Oliver is becoming one of the most influential voices in our country to say loud and clear: No More Drug War.
A unique art exhibit is opening on August 1st on Governors Island that shows the art of imprisoned artists from around the U.S. The exhibit titled "Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prison" is a production of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, an organization whose goals are to rehabilitate prisoners through the use of art.
While Latinos have the power to end the failed war on drugs in the ballot box, we have an obligation to speak out now against the violence enacted on our bodies by bad laws and misguided policies.
Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the prison capitol of the world. More Louisianans spend their lives behind bars than any other state in the U.S. per capita. These draconian sentences for non-violent drug offenses only hurt Louisiana.
Sandra Bland's death is a horrific display of how vulnerable black people in this country are at the hands of law enforcement, and how indelicately black lives are publicly scrutinized for character flaws when that vulnerability results in death.