Bobby Sands (Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice)

36 years ago yesterday, Bobby Sands died after 66 days on hunger strike in the Maze prison hospital. Bobby, an IRA activist, poet, and member of parliament, inspired generations of activists fighting for justice and freedom. Below is one of the first writings I had published back in 2007, and still one of my most … More Bobby Sands (Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice)

Harm reduction in São Paulo Brazil – Open Arms / Braços Abertos [Photos]

These are photos from São Paulo, Brazil in June 2016 related to their innovative program Braços Abertos (“Open Arms”). This was a harm reduction effort aimed to provide housing, job training, jobs, income, and health services to street-based crack users known as Cracolândia or “Cracklands.” You can read more about the program here, as well … More Harm reduction in São Paulo Brazil – Open Arms / Braços Abertos [Photos]

It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need to understand that we can’t fix the problem until we kick our long-term addiction to the war on drugs and accept overdoses for what they are: a health issue. … More It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs

Criminalized Condoms Force China’s Sex Workers to Make a Difficult Choice

Shasha, a transgender sex worker in China, was stopped on the street one night by the police. Though she hadn’t conducted any business that night, she was hauled to a local precinct for questioning. Once there, the police searched her bag and found lubricant and condoms. Declaring them evidence of guilt, she was immediately sent … More Criminalized Condoms Force China’s Sex Workers to Make a Difficult Choice