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A New Way of Leadership

The DPA event, aptly titled, Not One Step Back, did a great job of connecting human faces and human stories to the abstract concept of a “war on drugs” so that participants had a clear sense of what’s happening in our communities and what we need to do to change it…… Continue reading

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Memories of Eddie

I can’t remember the first time I met Eddie Ellis. It was sometime in 1997, most likely at one of the meetings for local activists seeking to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws. I don’t remember our initial conversation, what I … Continue reading

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Memories of Eddie………..

I can’t remember the first time I met Eddie Ellis. It was sometime in 1997, most likely at one of the meetings for local activists seeking to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws. I don’t remember our initial conversation, what I … Continue reading

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On Racism: Black Rebellion and White Resistance

The Kerner Commission painted a grim picture of the racial situation in the United States. It predicted not only more, but possibly worse, racial rebellions. Americans were warned that continued white racism could lead to a divided nation, with cities under semi-martial law. The prescribed remedy was a national commitment to summon the will necessary to effect systemic change that would fully integrate African Americans into the mainstream of American life.
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D.C. takes step toward legalizing pot for private use

Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:
(CNN) — The Washington City Council passed a measure on Tuesday that would move the District of Columbia one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana in most cases. Members approved the bill 11-to-1 in the…

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Obama Exhales Slowly………………..

I was not disappointed by the President’s statements, I applaud and commend them. By talking about the issue the way he did, he framed it in a way that resonates strongly with me – as a racial justice issue. Regardless of how one feels about the efficacy of making marijuana legally available for adult consumption, there is no question that our current policies and efforts to enforce them are hurting African-American and Latino youth. It’s ironic, a majority of the Beltway media (particularly those over 50) are primarily concerned about the effect marijuana legalization could have on children – as if the hundreds of thousands of children of color that are negatively affected by marijuana prohibition don’t exist. I guess in their world, they don’t count. Continue reading

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Obama’s Inequality Problem……..Illusory Wealth

Despite elected officials promises to restore the American middle class, we’ve increasing become a country with just two classes economically – the class of people who work for money and the class of people whose money works for them.

Millions of people will enjoy watching Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill as demoniacal deceptive traders in the Wolf of Wall Street. At some point after they stop laughing, they’ll think about the description of ‘The Market’ as a giant Ponzi scheme and wonder just how much of the wealth of the top 1% is based on creating tangible goods and services and how much of it is ‘wealth on paper’ generated by making successful bets with other people’s money? Continue reading

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