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Law Enforcement Unions Sue for Fear LA Will Vote to Fund Communities, Not Cops

A diverse group of Los Angeles labor organizations, helmed by law enforcement, is working to block voters from deciding whether…

August 11, 2020

“Trail of Death”—A Short Film About COVID, Nicotine and Racism

This short documentary, concerning COVID-19, smoking, vaping and racism in America, was co-directed by Filter Senior Editor Helen Redmond and…

August 3, 2020

MD Judge: Cops Can’t Search You Because They Smell Weed

Merely claiming to smell cannabis on a suspect is no longer enough for Maryland police to make an arrest and…

July 29, 2020

ACLU: COVID-19 Decarceration Did Not Increase Crime

Decarceration measures taken by county jails this past spring to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus behind bars bear no…

July 27, 2020

Pleasure and Risk for Trans Chemsexeurs in Ukraine

Chemsex harm reduction responses in Europe often center gay men, leaving transgender people as an afterthought. But a Ukrainian LGBTQ…

July 23, 2020

Nursing Homes Discriminate Against Opioid Use Disorder Patients at Alarming Rate

In 2018 alone, nearly four in ten people who were hospitalized in Massachusetts for their opioid use disorder (OUD) were…

July 22, 2020

Movement for Black Lives Wants Congress to End the Drug War

The federal war on drug users would likely be brought to its knees with the passage of the Movement for…

July 9, 2020

Dozens of Countries Exclude People on Drug Charges From COVID-19 Decarceration

Prisons are nearly universally recognized as petri dishes for the coronavirus. In an attempt to slow the spread, some countries…

July 7, 2020

Irish Harm Reduction Response to COVID-19 Saves Unhoused Drug Users’ Lives

Unhoused drug users in Dublin, Ireland almost entirely avoided projected COVID-19 deaths as a result of progressive changes in national…

July 6, 2020

NYC Fails to #DefundNYPD—But Activists Are Just Getting Started

Although the battle to defund the police in New York City was set back by the June 30 approval of…

July 1, 2020