My War on Drugs Reports for Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s Social Justice News Nexus Fellowship

A Truce in the Drug War? Part I at We The People Media

A Truce in the Drug War? Part II at We The People Media

 Link to A Truce on the Drug War in  The Gate Newspaper

 Link to A Truce on the Drug War in El BeiSMan

New “Report Card” on Obama Admin’s Drug Policy

by Mary C. Piemonte

IBW website photo

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century website photo

On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the declared “War on Drugs” established under former Richard M. Nixon, President Barack Obama’s administration got a “C” on a new report card on their efforts over the past year to reform, if not end, the drug war, which has turned out to be a “war against poor and powerless black people across the country,” according The Institute of the Black World 21st Century.

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Release of Chicago Police Officers’ Misconduct Reports

by Mary C. Piemonte

Poster during a Chicago police protest in

Poster held during a protest outside Chicago Police headquarters in September 2010. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

After seven years of litigation, on July 29, 2014, the City of Chicago provided Jamie Kalven, founder and principal staff member of the Invisible Institute, with a batch of documents on police misconduct that took place between 2001 and 2008.

According to Kalven, the list of misconduct reports involved police officers assigned to “public housing south” and those who participated in any of the Chicago Police Department’s “early intervention” programs. The documents were produced by the city as a result of “Bond v. Utreras” and other lawsuits.

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