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Michelle Alexander

How Tony Robbins' "Money: Master the Game" Represents Exactly What Is Destroying America

Ira Israel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.

Why We Marched

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 5 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we face the rugged terrain ahead, our marching orders must be the sobering words that speak presciently from the grave of the late Coretta Scott King: "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

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.

When White Happens: Gentrification, Drug Dealing, and the American Dream

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Co-authored with JLove Calderon Intended to be a celebration of Black History Month, Spike Lee reminded an audience at Pratt Institute that February ...

Saki Knafo

'White Men Getting Rich From Legal Weed Won't Help Those Harmed Most By Drug War'

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices

A lot has happened in the four years since the publication of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, a landmark book that showed how the “war on d...

Watch: Incarceration Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

The Sinful Irony of the Prison Industrial Complex

David A. Davis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
David A. Davis

While so many work for and preach about and campaign on ending the cycle of repeated incarceration, essential programs for rehabilitation and job preparation and learning have been systematically, intentionally, exponentially eliminated.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Shift From 'Tough' to 'Smart' on Crime After Holder & Scheindlin?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgFor decades pols pushed a "tough on crime" agenda that swelled prisons and angered communities of color. Shrum & Cosby debate last week's breakthrough decisions on drugs and frisks as Bloomberg throws both a dart and a fit.

The New Jim Crow: A Must-Read for Every American

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Steve Mariotti

With courage and skill, Michelle Alexander lays out the horrors of the harshly punitive drug war laws. I hope that we can add entrepreneurship education and drug decriminalization to the national debate her book is sure to stir.

Will the Killing of Trayvon Martin Catalyze a Movement Like Emmett Till Did?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The eerie parallels between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Emmett Till 58 years ago -- including the outrageous acquittals of their killers -- remind us that despite many years of racial progress, our criminal justice system remains a bastion of bias and bigotry.

Racism's 21st Century Makeover

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

To believe racism is non-existent in the American justice system amongst other venues is a ludicrous omission of societal norms and an obtuse understanding of human nature.

Affirmative Action Needed Now More Than Ever

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

The Republican Party's efforts to repress minority voting through voter ID laws, redistricting, changing polling places and hours etc., indicate that "current conditions" are as miserable as ever

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Exploring Race With Tim Wise's film White Like Me

CC Stinson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Black Voices
CC Stinson

Race is still a topic that sparks a sense of uncomfortably in today's society. Even though we have an African American president, many do not dive deep into the issues at hand pertaining to racism.

Jim Crow in the North: Ending Stop and Frisk in NYC

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 08.14.2013 | New York
Yousef Abukhdair

To say all police officers in New York City take advantage of their power and persecute people of color would be absurd, but to say that none of them do like Mayor Bloomberg suggested is equally absurd.

Ending Our Incarceration Nation

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

Beyond jobs, food and our vets, few things keep me up more than the disastrous functionality of our prison system. It is, after all, no secret that the U.S. houses 25 percent of the world's inmates, while representing a mere 5 percent of the world's population.

Opening the Cradle to Prison Pipeline -- The Newest Jim Crow

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The most recent education news provides alarming indications that the "pipeline" from early childhood neglect to young adult incarceration is disappearing. I don't suggest that the problem is going away. Quite to the contrary.

Meet A Women Giving Other Women A Second Chance

Tessa Blake | Posted 02.11.2013 | Women
Tessa Blake

More than anything, Susan has created a place without judgment. She believes these women are worthwhile. She believes given opportunities and support, they will not return to prison. And, overwhelmingly, they don't.

White Denial and Black Middle-Class Reality - Part 2

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.27.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Denial is a fixture of contemporary racial discourse. Reflecting segregation and the entrenched nature of white privilege, the efforts to deny through citing a mythical black middle-class, as if the black middle-class reveals some post-racial reality, defies the facts on the ground.

The Cooler Bandits

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

What this film has is the vast emotional power of truth and the ability to make people understand the true burden that the criminal justice system places on our most disadvantaged citizens.