One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.
Black wellness is the physiological resource that made the historical examples of liberation above possible. Be it by food, ceremony, or institutionalizing our healing practices, Black wellness asks us not only to believe in self-determination politically, but to imbue that belief with the raw material that makes the self feel vibrantly worth determining.
Last week I had the privilege to be a panelist at an NYU event. We were discussing the "Mass Incarceration" of colored people in America. It is a topic that I have significant personal and professional expertise; it is a topic that I feel represents one of the greatest social justice issues not only in America, but that of the world.
We've been heading in the wrong direction and depriving our young people of the chance to reach their full potential, and too often we are punishing children for symptoms of health problems. We should reconsider how we work with adolescents who are crying out for help even as they make youthful mistakes.
Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn't fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections.
The descent of the Republican presidential debate into new lows of demagoguery highlighted the emptiness of political discourse. And across the country, communities experienced the torrential downpours, record temperatures, floods, droughts, and firestorms predicted by climate change models. But 2015 also brought breakthroughs.
We are at a crisis in our country whenever a trained adult with authorization to use deadly force deploys it on a 12 year old with impunity. Wherever the fault lies, the only way any hope in the police force or the governing process can be restored is for wholesale condemnation of the officer's actions.