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Justice For All – Unarmed People Killed by Police

Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s names ring through our society right now as the names of the black men killed by police. The lost lives of these men symbolize the source of this incredible protest movement getting so much media coverage. However, the movement did not start with just those two killings. The mainstream corporate-controlled… Read More

We Could All Do A Lot Better

On a site like this that’s entire focus is opposing aggressive violence, either through prevention or self-defense, the issue of violence committed by police is so relevant yet so difficult and complicated to address. Frankly, that’s why I do not want to say anything else except watch this video which addresses that topic amazingly: Download… Read More


This breaks my heart. Over 2 million people in the United States are in prison. Most are in there for non-violent, consensual crimes such as marijuana possession. Even if we consider only the violent offenders, the fact remains that spending vast effort and money locking people up after they have hurt someone is more inefficient… Read More

Is CT DCF Doing More Harm Than Good?

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (CT DCF) is given about a billion taxpayer dollars a year. CT DCF has roughly 4,300 children in its custody on any given day. CT DCF is touted as an institution whose job it is to protect children and be a parent for children without parents, namely children… Read More

Man Facing Life For Pot Brownies

I just read a disturbing news article about a Texas man, Jacob Lavoro, who has been arrested for making and selling pot brownies and cookies. If convicted he is facing the same sentence as many convicted murderers because both crimes are first degree felonies in Texas. That’s 5 years to life for selling pot brownies.… Read More

Best of #mynypd

In case you’ve been living in a cave this week and haven’t heard, the NYPD tried to dive into social networking promotions with the hashtag #mynypd. They asked citizens to post pictures of themselves with the state’s armed soldiers in the war on drugs, prostitution, permitless business, just being brown or black, and–maybe the biggest… Read More

Privacy: How Much Do They Know about You

Over the last week there has been a huge uproar over the revelation of the depths to which the NSA has been spying on American citizens without probable cause. Namely, people learned how Verizon turned over all its records to NSA, meaning the government has kept records of all your phone calls and text messages… Read More

At-Risk Youth Mentoring: a Proactive Approach

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, juvenile arrest rates in the United States decreased 36 percent between 1996 and 2009. In 2009, there were 5,804 teenage arrests for every 100,000 youths ages 10 through 17 in the United States. This is great news, especially when you couple it with the statistic… Read More

A Million U.S. Gang Members

The number of gang members in the United States exceeded 1 million as of 2009. The top reasons for gang involvement are: low income learning disabilities and emotional disorders peer pressure 94% are male. Source: Unfortunately, it’s much harder to reach and save these kids and young men after they have entered a gang,… Read More

Study Confirms Long-Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse

A recent article by MSNBC’s Joan Raymond informs us of results from a recent study about the long-lasting effects of sexual abuse. For 23 years, the study followed 80 girls who were victims of sexual abuse as children. Compared to the control group, they had distorted levels of cortisol–the stress hormone, levels which Dr. Frank… Read More