Umme Hoque

Umme is Filter‘s editorial fellow. She is a journalist and editor who has written about human rights, politics, education and climate, with an interest in the impact of social and public policies on disenfranchised communities. She also works as an organizer and advocate, working to build a future with education, housing and health care for all. Umme lives in New Mexico.

Unprecedented Overdose Deaths Among First Nations People in BC

At least 254 First Nations people fatally overdosed in British Columbia in 2020, according to new research from the First…

June 16, 2021

To Decolonize Drugs, Start With Prohibition’s Settler Origins

Drugs like opium and cannabis have been used in cultures around the world for millennia. Drug regulation, on the otherhand,…

June 3, 2021

NYC Raises Value of Rental Assistance Vouchers, Expands Eligibility

With an end to the city’s eviction moratorium looming in September, the New York City Council passed a hotly debated…

June 1, 2021

NY Assembly Passes Bill Ensuring Prisoners Access to Methadone, Bupe

New York made history on May 26 by passing legislation that will ensure people incarcerated within the state have access…

May 28, 2021

Global Harm Reduction Funding Crisis Is Worse Than Ever

Globally, 2019 saw 1.7 million new HIV infections, with 690,000 deaths from complications related to AIDS. There are now an…

May 24, 2021

“Divest and Invest”: Latinx Advocates on Defunding the Police

George Floyd’s final breaths on May 25, 2020, gasping out “I can’t breathe,” led millions of people in the US…

May 21, 2021

In a Florida “Recovery” Hub, a Syringe Program Finds Its Place

Organizers at Rebel Recovery Florida say their slogan is simple: “We love you.” “We want people to know we understand…

May 20, 2021

Initiative Aims to Increase Methadone, Bupe Access in Pennsylvania Jails

Jerome Maynor, 71-year-old Black man with opioid use disorder (OUD), was prescribed methadone. His medication was working for him and…

May 10, 2021

Just Months Into a Yearlong Pilot, New Zealand Legalizes Drug-Checking

Festival-goers in New Zealand were taking what they thought was pure MDMA. But days after ingestion, the drugs were leading…

May 5, 2021

Biden’s American Jobs Plan Leaves Out Key Health Care Promises

President Joe Biden has introduced a $2 trillion plan to invest and rebuild crumbling US infrastructure during a period of…

May 3, 2021