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Archive for April, 2013

5 Policy Changes to End the War on Drugs

By Robyn Short #EndTheWarOnDrugs Barack Obama said on January 21, 20014, “The War on drugs has been an utter failure.” This fact is becoming increasingly apparent thanks to the important book by Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and Eugene Jarecki’s brilliant documentary, The House I Live In.READ MORE

Politicians, Hypocrisy & the War on Drugs

by Robyn Short The War on Drugs has led the United States to become the most imprisoned nation in the world. Although the United States represents only five percent of the world’s population, we imprison 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, creating lifelong marginalization of those who have spent time behind bars. The War on DrugsREAD MORE

What is Justice?

By Robyn Short We often hear the word “justice” thrown around in the media in response to crimes. Those who have been injured by the crime often say they want justice. The prosecuting attorney looks to the criminal justice system to hand down justice for the victim. The defending party looks to the criminal justiceREAD MORE

Prayer for Boston

by Robyn Short There are moments in life that leave us speechless. Today’s double bombing in Boston is one of those speechless moments. There are no words to describe the grief, the horror, the loss or the pain. There is no way to understand the motives behind such an act of terror. And there isREAD MORE

The Neuroscience of Peacebuilding

By Robyn Short The world has always been a place of conflict. There have been time periods of enlightenment and time periods of profound oppression, but one thing has always been constant—human beings are wrought with conflict. The United States was founded on rather enlightened concepts. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truthsREAD MORE

Caged Up

America’s War on Americans April 14, 2013 Still Surviving Book Foreword by Robyn Short On January 31, 1865, Congress passed the thirteenth amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States,READ MORE