War On Drugs

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ICYMI: Criminal Justice Orgs Denounce Jeff Sessions' Mandatory Minimums Directive

Activists and advocacy groups say the attorney general’s latest sentencing order fuels the War on Drugs at the expense of communities of color.

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READ: Killer Mike on How to Bring More Black People Into Medical Marijuana Boom

State-level marijuana legality reforms often don’t help African Americans who are frozen out of dispensary ownership. The rapper partners with scholar Erik Nielson for a new Rolling Stone essay that breaks down how to fix the disparity.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on December 7, 2016, in New York City. The president-elect announced today that Pruitt would head the EPA.

3 Things People of Color Need to Know About Trump's EPA Pick

Scott Pruitt is anti immigration, antiObamacare and anti criminal justice reform—and he doesn’t believe in the idea of human-made climate change.

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WATCH: Jay Z Breaks Down Racist Legacy of War on Drugs in New Short Film

The film, produced by dream hampton and brought to life via Molly Crabapple’s artwork, details the past and present of our country’s hypocritcal and racist drug enforcement and sentencing policies.

Former Nixon Advisor Admits 'War on Drugs' Was Racist

John Ehrlichman: “By getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”

5,000+ People Signed Petition for Fetty Wap to Perform 'Trap Queen' at Nancy Reagan's Funeral. Really.

This is a real petition, and the number of signees keeps growing. 

North Carolina Bill Criminalizes Drug-Addicted New Moms

The discredited War on Drugs continues

How Billie Holiday Was Targeted by America's Early Drug War

Read an excerpt from Johann Hari’s new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.”

'Crack Baby' Hysteria Returns

Same myth, different drugs–and still used to criminalize mothers of color.

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Woman Sues After Baby Dies Following Delivery in Solitary

This is what the war on drugs looks like.

For Missouri Moms, A Past Drug Conviction Means No Food Aid, Ever

New state-level effort looks at changing that

How Bad Is the Black-White Disparity In Your State's Drug Arrest Rate?

Today the ACLU launched The Uncovery for folks to track exactly that.

Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

Holder brushes off calls for his impeachment to explain how he’s been helping reduce recidivism.

NAACP Comes Out in Support of Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

Congress is currently considering legislation that would expand protections for states seeking to decriminalize marijuana.

Attorney General Outlines Changes on Mandatory Minimums

But is it really retroactive?

J. Cole Wants You to Reconsider the War on Drugs

The rapper dedicated his new song and video to Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Holder: 'We Can't Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation'

Holder will seek ways to reduce sentences for nonviolent, non-gang affiliated drug dealers.

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing the curtains on the War on Drugs

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose??? exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.”