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UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to the United States of America Note by the Secretariat The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, on his mission to the United States of America from 1 to 15 December 2017. The purpose of the visit…

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Marijuana production and sustainable development in the Caribbean: Is it feasible?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Rebecca Theodore — Given the United Nations sustainable development goals universal call to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity; the question becomes, whether this ambitious goal in achieving the overarching objective of wellbeing for all, can be found in marijuana production for the people of the Caribbean? More significantly, can marijuana production in the Caribbean as a means of sustainable development,…

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052218 Press Release — IBW Supports “Reparatory Justice” for Drug War Calls for Community Dialogue with Faith Leaders on the Issue

IBW Supports “Reparatory Justice” for Drug War

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

New York, May 21 — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) announced today that the organization supports initiatives in New York and around the country that seek to repair the devastating damages done to Black communities by the War on Drugs and racially biased criminal justice policies. As the struggle for drug and criminal justice policy reform intensifies in New York City and NY State among policy advocates…

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ew York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally on May 5, 2018. Nixon has been criticized by black leaders for saying that marijuana licenses could be a “form of reparations.”

Cynthia Nixon called marijuana licenses a “form of reparations” for black people. Not exactly.

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Marijuana reform can help black communities. That doesn’t make it “reparations.” By P.R. Lockhart — New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is facing criticism after suggesting that giving black people access to marijuana licenses could serve as a “form of reparations” for black communities. The controversy started after Nixon, who is challenging current Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s upcoming Democratic primary, appeared at the NYC Cannabis Parade on May…

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A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

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What does it take to succeed as a young black entrepreneur in a sector largely dominated by white men seen as daring trailblazers? By Rose Hackman —  Three years ago, Jesce Horton, a former engineer in his early 30s, quit his corporate job to set up his own small, family-owned cannabis cultivation business in Portland, Oregon. Horton is part of a nascent industry that netted $6.7bn last year and is projected to reach $50bn by 2026….

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New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at the NYC Cannabis Parade at Union Square Park on May 5, 2018.

Cannabis Industry Could Be ‘A Form of Reparations’ Says Cynthia Nixon

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Mona Zhang — “I don’t know whether you heard this or not, but I want to legalize cannabis in New York state,” said Cynthia Nixon on Saturday at the NYC Cannabis Parade. The crowd cheered for the candidate who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo. Nixon made marijuana a central part of her campaign when she announced adult-use legalization as her first policy plank in early April. On Saturday, she was one of…

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Image: Ronald Reagan, with Nancy Reagan, signing the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1988

The Untold Story of Mass Incarceration

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By Vesla M. Weaver — Two new books, including National Book Award nominee ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ address major blind spots about the causes of America’s carceral failure. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.; Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff

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Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry

Before white people can cash in on legal weed, Wisconsin needs to provide reparations for black communities

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry By Julia O’Donnell — To put it bluntly, the history of marijuana law enforcement in Wisconsin is shameful. In 2013, African Americans in Wisconsin were almost six times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. Wisconsin has the fifth highest racial disparity in marijuana arrests nationwide, and this glaring inequality increased by 153 percent during…

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Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

San Francisco Shows Nation Way Forward by Throwing Out Old Marijuana Convictions

By News & Current Affairs

“While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.” By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams — Just weeks after a California measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday that…

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Amid An Industry Boom, Incarceration For Weed Still Threatens Black Women

By News & Current Affairs

By Ja’han Jones — Nija Guider, 21, spent three days in a Georgia jail ― locked away from her infant son ― because she attended a party where marijuana was present. Meanwhile, in states across the country, businesses, many run and funded by wealthy white men, stand to make millions of dollars selling the federally illegal substance. It is easy, amid the fog of flippant news coverage and caricatured weed…

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