Alexander Lekhtman

    Alexander is Filter’s staff writer. He writes about the movement to end the War on Drugs. He grew up in New Jersey and swears it’s actually alright. He’s also a musician hoping to change the world through the power of ledger lines and legislation. Alexander was previously Filter‘s editorial fellow.

    How Washington, DC’s Lack of Statehood Hurts Black and Poor Residents

    A debate over democracy and racial justice is raging on the federal government’s doorstep. ...

    Why Are Black Arrest Rates for Marijuana Rising in Los Angeles?

    Although California legalized marijuana over two years ago, racial disparities in arrests for the ...

    Texas Is Now the Epicenter for Coronavirus in Carceral Settings

    Severe COVID-19 outbreaks threaten the lives of people incarcerated across Texas. Several jail and ...

    Joe Biden’s Criminal Justice Reform Task Force Passes on Marijuana Legalization

    Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ “Unity Task Force”⁠—six committees set up to shape policies ...

    St. Louis Is a Big Step Closer to Closing the Workhouse

    In St. Louis, Missouri—arguably the birthplace of the modern movement for Black lives—a city ...

    Despite Voting Rights Reform, Many People With Felonies Excluded From NJ Primary

    New Jersey held primary elections on July 7, including hotly contested Congressional races for ...

    New Spike in Coronavirus Cases Could Further Worsen Overdose Crisis

    As many US jurisdictions have eased pandemic restrictions, new coronavirus cases have been spiking ...

    Support, Don’t Punish 2020: A Global Day of Action Against the Drug War

    Friday, June 26 marks the Support, Don’t Punish 2020 Global Day of Action—an annual ...

    Fighting Racism in a Small, Conservative Town in New Jersey

      Outrage over racism and police brutality epitomized by the murder of George Floyd ...

    Local and National Efforts Focus on Stopping Police “No-Knock” Raids

    The protests sparked nationwide—and worldwide—by the death of George Floyd have also concerned the ...