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Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid surge in executions - by Amnesty International
The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:24PM
Report Unveils How DEA Blocked Research and Reclassification of Marijuana, MDMA, Others - by via MAPS
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on June 10 released their new report, “The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science”. The report documents a decades-long pattern of systematically obstructing medical research and ignoring scientific evidence.
Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:03PM
Louisiana Defenders Collective Interview from WTUL News and Views (audio/mpeg 50.6MB) - by WTUL News and Views
News and Views speaks to members of the Louisiana Defenders Collective, going over the holes in the criminal justice system that make their services necessary and the particular pressures put on juveniles in the privatization of the public school system, especially the ways formerly standard in-school behavioral problems have become criminalized.
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:22AM
Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research - by MAPS
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
ACLU's New Online Tool Allows Users to Fight Racial Bias in Marijuana Possession Arrests - by ACLU
NEW YORK – With today's release of The Uncovery, the American Civil Liberties Union has put its devastating findings on racial injustice and marijuana possession arrests into the hands of web users. In partnership with Interbrand, the ACLU has developed a simple, elegant online advocacy tool, a one-stop shop where users select their own facts, convert them into customized graphic messages, share them on social media, and send them to legislators – all in sixty seconds or less.
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:21PM
D.C. Passes Marijuana Decriminalization as Step Toward Racial Justice - by ACLU
WASHINGTON, DC – On March 4, the District of Columbia City Council passed legislation to remove criminal penalties from the possession of marijuana in amounts of one ounce or less. The bill would treat such possession as a civil offense, and awaits approval by Mayor Vincent Gray and then Congress. The vote was 10 to 1 with one abstention.
Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:58PM
Tierra Caliente: The freedom we have now, we haven’t had in twelve years - by carolina
At the barricades and in the towns, people were enthusiastic about following their own agenda, regardless of whatever plans the State might have.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:50PM
Tierra Caliente: La libertad que tenemos ahora no la hemos tenido en doce años - by carolina
En las barricadas y los pueblos se nota bastante entusiasmo para seguir con una agenda propia, sea cual sea la del Estado.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:28PM
Court Rules Warrant Is Required to Access Drug Prescription Database - by ACLU
PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time, a federal judge has ruled that patients have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their drug prescription records, and that law enforcement must obtain a warrant in order to search such information. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Oregon represented a group of Oregon patients and a physician in the lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:24AM
Crossing Borders in Templar Territory - by El Enemigo Común
By Simón Sedillo Photos: Juan José Estrada Serafín We left a municipality in Michoacan, which is often confused in the mainstream media as part of the Tierra Caliente region, but is actually Sierra. We hear that there is going to be a negotiation with the state and federal government and autonomous self-defense groups in order to accord the legalization of the self-defense groups. We head to Tepacaltepec where the meeting is to be held. The scene is surreal to say the least, but so is ...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:36PM
Cruzando Fronteras en Territorio Templario - by El Enemigo Común
Por Simón Sedillo Fotos: Juan José Estrada Serafín Atrás queda una municipalidad de Michoacán que los medios masivos equivocan al ubicar en Tierra Caliente, en realidad nos encontramos en la Sierra Madre Sur Occidental. Nos avisan que hay una negociación entre el gobierno federal y estatal, y los grupos de autodefensa. Tomamos rumbo a Tepalcatepec, donde la reunión tendrá lugar. La escena es surreal, pero esto ya no nos sorprende porque todo en Michoacán es surreal estos días. ...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:32PM
Community Ronda from Cherán, Michoacán Prevents Narco-Corrido Concert by “El Komander” - by El Enemigo Común
By Simón Sedillo A “narco-corrido” concert by “El Komander” had been promoted to take place in Cherán, Michoacán at 3pm on December 15th, 2013. El Komander is known for singing about organized crime and in particular about the Gulf Cartel. Even though the Gulf Cartel isn’t active in the Purépecha plateau, where the community of Cherán is located, community members clarify that they are absolutely against any type of organized crime organization and the activities that revol...
Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:25PM
Pirate's Cove Launches To Avenge Silk Road - by Pirate's Cove
It appears that the forces of tyranny, especially in the USA - will never learn. For every freedom loving information activist they take down, a hundred will spring up. Every time they censor or seize a web site, we will re-build it bigger, better and more secure than before. And so today we announce the launch of the Pirate's Cove.
Posted: Fri Nov 1, 2013 7:51PM
Panel Led By Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Study Marijuana Legalization in California - by ACLU
SAN FRANCISCO – The ACLU of California announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will chair a blue ribbon panel that will study the complex legal and policy issues that must be resolved as California considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults.
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:34PM
Gov. Brown Vetoes Modest Drug Sentencing Reform Bill - by ACLU
SACRAMENTO – On October 12, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have modestly reformed California’s drug sentencing laws for simple possession, significantly reduced incarceration costs for counties and helped the state end its ongoing incarceration crisis.
Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:36PM
Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing for All Students - by ACLU
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. On September 13, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, a federal district court told a Missouri college to end its unconstitutional program of requiring all of its students—irrespective of their course of study—to submit to suspicionless drug-testing.
Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:39PM
What's Predictive Policing? - by PrivacySOS
Predictive policing, with roots in business analytics, relies on using advanced technological tools and data analysis to take proactive measures to “pre-empt” crime. Regarded as a refinement of “intelligence-led policing” - which came to the US from the UK where it has led police to focus on research-based approaches rather than responding to service calls - predictive policing appears to take another large step away from community policing and accountability.
Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:42PM
Idle No More Cheran - by El Enemigo Común
Forest defenders from Cheran, Michoacan are in solidarity with the Idle No More movement from Canada.
Posted: Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:08PM
Ociosos Nunca Más Cheran - by El Enemigo Común
Los Guardabosques de Cheran, Michoacan estan en solidaridad con el movimiento indigena de Canada Ociosos Nunca Más.
Posted: Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:05PM
The Zombie Drug: are bath salts really the threat we're lead to believe? - by Avan Curran
Media outlets, politicians, and the public seem in consensus that the new designer drugs known as "Bath Salts" are dangerous substances that warrant new legislation. Grizzly attacks which the media has blamed on this new class of drug provide for sensational stories, but are the claims true, or are these simply scare tactics to support a prohibition on the drugs?
Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:50AM