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Clearing the Smoke: Marijuana Reform is a Racial Justice Issue

By David Bergh Associate Editor, Volume 23 Over the past few decades there has been a sea change in the American public’s attitude towards marijuana prohibition. In 1990 only 16% of the US public supported legalization, and 81% were opposed. … Continue reading

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Without My Consent: The Eradication of Protective Consent Decrees

By Rasheed Stewart Associate Editor, Volume 23 The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, passed following the publicly videotaped 1991 beating of African American motorist Rodney King by four LAPD officers and the catastrophic Los Angeles Riots a … Continue reading

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Can They Do That? (Part 2): End Sanctuary Cities

By John Spangler Associate Editor, Volume 23 It is not just the long election cycle that is a defining feature of Michigan politics today, but also the impact of term limits on who seeks what office.  The current incumbent is … Continue reading

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The Color of Terrorism

By Rasheed Stewart Associate Editor, Volume 23 On October 1, 2017, a 64-year-old white American male opened fire on thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]  Over 58 innocent people were murdered and 546 more were injured, instantly making it … Continue reading

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How Should the United Nations Intervene in Libya’s African Migrant Crisis?

By Shanene Frederick Associate Editor, Volume 23 In recent months, increasing media attention has been devoted to the plight of African migrants leaving their home countries in the hopes of reaching Europe.[1] These migrants often give money saved up for … Continue reading

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Restoring Democracy in Michigan

By David Bergh Associate Editor, Volume 23 In the wake of the economic destruction wrought by the Great Recession of 2008, many Michigan municipalities fell into dire financial straits.[1] Faced with cities that were sliding into insolvency, the Michigan Legislature … Continue reading

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program at Twenty: Essential yet Expired

By Elliott Gluck Associate Editor, Volume 23   The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been a triumph of effective bipartisan policy for the last two decades.[1] Unfortunately, the program which has helped to lower the uninsured rate for America’s … Continue reading

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Dear Abdul El-Sayed: A Letter to Michigan’s Gubernatorial Candidate

By Hira Baig Associate Editor, Volume 23 Dear Abdul El-Sayed, Life has been challenging for Muslims post 9/11 and has only gotten harder since the 2016 election. Hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise, and my neighborhood mosque now … Continue reading

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UPCOMING EVENT 11/30: The Racial Implications of Partisan Gerrymandering

The Michigan Journal of Race and Law Presents: The Racial Implications of Partisan Gerrymandering Thursday, November 30th, 12:00-1:00pm, SH 0225 Lunch will be provided! Cosponsored by: Racial Justice Coalition MLaw Chapter of the ACLU American Constitution Society Latino Law Students … Continue reading

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Little Justice for Native American Women Victimized by Non-Native Attackers

By Ben Cornelius Associate Editor, Volume 23 In April of 2015, Edith Chavez, a Native American woman, was beaten and knocked unconscious at a North Dakota gas station by an unknown assailant.[1] She was then abducted, drugged, and driven northwest, … Continue reading

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