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While many of us have been watching the Olympics, Change.org's Changemakers spent this past week tackling some of the most important issues we face.
Changemaker and NAACP President Benjamin Jealouswrites on Change.org this week that drugs are tearing down America, but not in the way most people think. Over the last three decades, the U.S. prison population has more than quadrupled to 2.3 million people, largely due to the incarceration of African Americans and Latinos for nonviolent drug offences using discriminatory laws that disproportionately impact poor and minority communities.
Fortunately, there is hope that change might be around the corner. Changemaker and Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann writes that support for drug reform is gathering unprecedented momentum. Beginning with medical marijuana, which 81% of Americans now support, Nadelmann argues that it's only a matter of time before marijuana is taxed and regulated rather than prosecuted.
Instead of throwing away tens of billions of dollars per year incarcerating our fellow citizens for petty drug offenses, we could be investing in our future.
Changemaker and President of Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman writes this week about a new report that shows the cognitive and behavioral disparities that occur between children due to poverty begin before a child's first birthday - and will impact their lifelong well-being and productivity. Ending child poverty is not only a moral imperative; it is an economic imperative as well.
Continuing this theme, Changemaker and US Congressman George Miller writes about his meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama this week to discuss a related problem that will significantly impact the future health and welfare of our country: obesity. Diet-related deaths such as diabetes and heart disease kill far more than drugs ever will, yet receive relatively little attention. That too must change.
For more commentary on important issues from Change.org's Changemakers, check out recent posts by Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE, and Jerry White, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. And for more news and commentary from your favorite causes, see the summaries below.
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 2/15/2010 05:36:00 PM