In 1973, two years after President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," New York Governor Rockefeller passed the toughest drug laws in the nation, demanding mandatory sentences for drug law violations, while removing the judge's power to consider each case individually.
August 13 marked a victory for survivors of commercial sex trafficking, when New York's Governor David Paterson signed a bill allowing them to clear their records of prostitution-related crimes
Obama was supposed to be to America's 200 year-old racial problem what gastric bypass surgery is to a weight problem: a quick fix. But as any bypass patient will tell you, what looks like a quick fix is really a painful, complicated battle.
While Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for our laws to not discriminate, our education system still helps perpetuate inequity.