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Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Faith Leaders Wrestle Over Growing Support for Marijuana
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Sunday’s Super Bowl was dubbed by some as the “pot bowl,” as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks hail from the two states where fans can soon get marijuana as easily as they can get pizza. ...

Showing Deference to the Rich: 'Affluenza' and 'The House I Live In'
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

I know that God is the only truly just judge. I know that these tales of injustice in the criminal justice system will always be with us. Which is why I’m grateful to the ones who tell the stories, and why I u ...

Making a Difference in a World That's Falling Apart
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

While church planners listened, a five-person focus group described life outside the congregation’s doors: A world falling apart. While church planners listened, a five-person foc ...

From the Archives: November-December 1999
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Will Campbell We've Lost the War on Drugs THIS STORY IS about the loss of a war and the sin and insanity ...

Walter White and the Gospel According to ‘Breaking Bad’
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Since its debut in January 2008, Breaking Bad has taken its audience on a spiritual journey — following Walt’s soul on a slow, steady descent into a hell of his own creation. With ...

Baseball’s Darryl Strawberry Buries his Past in New Career as a Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

The four-bedroom, two-story modest house sits on a corner in this planned bedroom community, and when this 6-6 muscular-toned man welcomes you inside his home, there is no evidence Darryl Strawberry the player ...

Is the West's Reckless Lifestyle Killing Our Poorer Neighbors?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Why are international companies so aggressively promoting foods and cigarettes and drugs that will shorten people's lives and even kill them? Why is nobody stopping them? I s ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Nonviolence and the Drug War
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Regan The U.S. and Mexican governments have tried to battle drug violence with more violence. It hasn't worked. Gandhian gr ...

Kicking a Bad Habit
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Brenneman Many in Central America say it's time to consider decriminalizing drugs. IN LATE FEBRUA ...

We Won't Self-Examine, McDonald's Tells Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Two weeks ago, McDonald's shareholders voted down a shareholder resolution asking the corporation to study how its advertising to children contributes to widespread childhood obesity. ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

Fighting For My Daughter's Life, and Against the Insurance Company
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1103" target="_blank">March issue o ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

Obama Sends 1,200 Troops to the Border to Guard Against Republican Criticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, President Obama announced that he intends to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. This past Tuesday, President Obama announced that he in ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1273178033&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20">< ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

A Six-Point Summary of What the New Health-Care Law Should Accomplish Now (and Some Other Details)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health reform legislation in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law th ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

'I Just Want a Nice Family Life'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> George grew up in a large city in Mexico. When he was 17 years o ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Border Fence Limbo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along th ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

Health-Care Magic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While talking with George Stephanopolous on <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/"><em>Good Morning America</em></a> yesterday, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steel ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

A Necessary Film for Anyone Who Eats Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating, because if you knew you might not want to eat it " - Food, Inc. </p> ...

Just One Day ... for Lynne
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I stepped up to the automatic sliding doors, but they didn't open. I knocked. The guard recognized me, waved, and the South Bronx-based special care facility opened arms of welcome. ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Doing the Best We Can in Hard Times - A Corporate Example
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Scanning the headlines recently, the following caught my attention: "Walgreens giving free ...

Is A-Rod Forgiveable?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Over brunch with my husband and one of my best guy friends last weekend, conversation turned, as it does, to Major League Baseball, doping and the nature of sin.</p> Over br ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...

An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Add this <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112302041.html">op-ed from yesterday's <em>Washington Post</em></a> to the list of ...

Who's Winning in Colombia's Conflict?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

What have you heard about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051300800.html">paramilitary leaders extradited to the U.S</a>. ...

I Hate It When All You Can Do Is Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<P>I'm not friendly with the white-shirted drug dealers who work the corners near my house yet, but at least they acknowledge me as a neighbor now, instead of looking me over as a prospective buyer ...

Shaking Up the Drug Industry
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Batstone Zachary Bentley says he's no Ralph Nader. Zachary Bentley says he's no Ralph Nader. ...

Your Tax Dollars at Work
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Ten U.S. soldiers from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, have ...

Holy Boldness, Batman!
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 7:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter When a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency survey found that ...

The Time of Coca
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger On the Colombian front of the drug war, it's hard to tell who—or what—is the real enemy. ...

Can You Say "Counterinsurgency"?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In November 2000, Congress passed "Plan Colombia," a $1.3 billion plan to fight cocaine production in Colombi ...

Protecting Profits
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 9:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo Why a low-cost anti-AIDS tool remains out of reach. Since the start of the epidemic, an ...