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When They Call You a Terrorist

The following is an excerpt from the new bookWhen They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoirby Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (St. Martin's Press, January 2018), available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound. This excerpt was previously published on In These Times:

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Remarks at New York's Farewell to Ethan Nadelmann

Editor's Note: The following is a speech given on Wednesday, April 26, on the occasion of Ethan Nadelmann's last week at the Drug Policy Alliance, which he founded.

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Ahead of the United Nations Session on Drugs, Connecting the Dots on Race and the Drug War

On April 17th, the eve of the UN General Assembly’s Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), scholars and activists will participate in a one-day symposium and strategy session that highlights the connection between the global drug war and racial injustice.

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Free 'Em All: 50 Years Later, Black Panthers Are Still Fighting for Freedom

It's early on the Monday morning, post-snowmaggedon 2016, and I have an unexpected 10 minutes to spare. I know I should close my eyes, center myself for the day ahead, but instead I FaceTime Baba Sekou Odinga. I don't really have anything to say. Mostly I just pick on him, tell bad jokes, make faces, sing off-key. "Why you do that to that man," the homie Everton who has been navigating me through the storm all weekend, asks, laughing.

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'Orange Is the New Black' Author Piper Kerman: Sending Huge Numbers of Women to Prison 'Fails Any Kind of Logic Test'

On Monday, June 29, Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show), joined the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion on mass incarceration, women affected by the failed drug war, and how television and media approach these issues. It was the sixth in a series of telephone townhalls sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance designed to bring some of the most astute and influential people in the field of drug policy before the general public.

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Dr. Carl Hart: What Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children from Drugs

Editor's Note: Last week, Dr. Carl Hart, world-renowned neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University—and the first African American to be tenured in the sciences at the school, participated in a townhall phone conversation with the The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s most influential organization working to end the war on drugs and its resulting mass incarceration and criminalization. It was the latest in a series of calls designed to increase public understanding about the myths about drugs that drove the explosion of laws and sentencing schemes that cemented the United States as the world’s largest incarcerator. 

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