Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

By Ryan Reaves, MPP Candidate 2018   Interacting with police can, at times, mean the difference between life and death. For cannabis users, whose lives have often necessitated regular involvement in illicit activities, police interactions likely occur more frequently. The risk may be greater still for drug users of color who live in communities disproportionately … Continue reading Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

Say Her Name: How You Can Support Justice for Kayla Moore

By Noah Gaiser, MPP Candidate 2019 Editor’s Note: This article contains a discussion of police violence and judicial indifference against an intersectional person of color. Reader discretion is advised.  Two weeks ago I found myself standing in silence outside Berkeley City Hall, head bowed, listening to Kayla Moore’s life story as told by her sister … Continue reading Say Her Name: How You Can Support Justice for Kayla Moore

A Matter of Trust: Community Policing in the Era of Trump

By Molly Curley O’Brien , MBA/MPP candidate 2019 At the Republican Convention in July, President Donald Trump declared that “on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.” On President Trump’s 100th day in office, his safety restoration project has a long way to go.  Flanked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump is pushing a new … Continue reading A Matter of Trust: Community Policing in the Era of Trump

“When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?”

By Zoe Harris, MPP Candidate 2017 For nearly a decade, Wisconsin drivers faced billboards with the nozzle of a gun and the text, “When police kill, should they judge themselves?” The campaign was headed by Michael Bell, whose unarmed son was killed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After the shooting, the Kenosha Police Department’s detective … Continue reading “When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?”