Melissa Franqui

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend the 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

More than 1,500 people will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 11 – 14 for DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference (#Reform17) at the Omni Atlanta Hotel @ CNN Center. It’s the largest gathering of policy makers, activists, health advocates and reformers in the world. Check out the website for a full listing of the program and special events.

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The Ugly Motive Behind Trump's Repeal of DACA

Since the election, time and time again, Trump and members of his administration have touted “law and order” rhetoric, to advance an agenda that aims to expand criminalizationdeportations and promote white supremacy.

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Trump's Pardon of Sherriff Arpaio, Who Leaned on Drug Laws to Deport So Many, is Malicious and Unconscionable

With the unprecedented pardoning of America’s most reprehensible Sheriff, Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, the Trump administration doubles down on its blatant disregard for human and civil rights and bull horns its support of racists, racial profiling, border militarization, and white supremacy.

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Senate Bill Would Cut Millions of People From Healthcare and Escalate Opioid Crisis

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled out a disastrous healthcare bill drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate Republicans that would rollback provisions in the Affordable Care Act that has extended access to health care to millions of people. The independent Congressional Budget Office analysis reports that the Republican bill would leave 22 million uninsured and millions left besieged because of the nearly $800 billion in proposed Medicaid cuts.

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A Day Without a Woman?

day without a woman? What about two weeks? What about three months - a year even? These are the lengths of time that families go without a woman in their lives because she is incarcerated in a U.S. jail, often not even convicted of a crime. Today on International Women’s Day, and also a national day of protest, “A Day Without a Woman,” a moment of action for equity, justice and human rights, I hold up the overlooked, forgotten and disappeared - the mothers, sisters, daughters, all 110,000 of them, who are surviving behind bars.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's Barbaric War on Drugs: Thousands Are Being 'Slaughtered Like Animals'

This week, a veteran photojournalist published a nightmarish photo essay and in-depth podcast in The New York Times: “They are Slaughtering Us like Animals: Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines.”

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Felony Disenfranchisement: The Untold Story of the 2016 Election

Over two million Black people could not vote in last week’s week election, according to a recent study by The Sentencing Project. One in 13 Black Americans of voting age is disenfranchised due to a felony conviction, a rate four times greater than that of non-Black people. As staggering as those numbers are, in four states – Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia – more than one in five Black Americans have had their voting rights stripped away.

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Jay Z Drops the Mic on Racist Drug Laws

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z takes on race and the drug war in a hard-hitting animated short that illustrates racist drug laws and disparate law enforcement; policies and policing that have wreaked havoc on the lives and communities of people of color, mostly Black and Latino.

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Nixon’s Drug War Was (and Still Is) a Racist Policy Tool to Disrupt and Neutralize Black Communities

Earlier this week, the drug policy field was set ablaze with a Harper’s front-page story titled, “Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs,” a narration of U.S. drug policies, past and present, and a call for reform to legalize drugs.

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