August 24, 2018

Airbnb doesn’t care about people like me.

I learned this the hard way a few months ago when I tried to find accommodation in Washington, D.C.

After chaperoning two busloads of youth from New York City for the March for Our Lives, I decided to stay a couple more days. The...

July 26, 2017

In 1999, when I was 19 years old, I was arrested and charged with first degree murder, several counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery, and several counts of criminal use of a weapon. I was convicted of first degree assault and third degree weapons possession, an...

September 29, 2016

What was Terence Cutcher thinking about before those Tulsa, Okla., police killed him?

Every time cops stop me while I’m driving my car in the middle of the night, I begin thinking about how good my funeral will be. I think about a packed funeral home with standing room...

July 7, 2016

Activist Marlon Peterson of Brothers Writing to Live opens up about Black vulnerability in the face of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the grisly footage of their deaths at the hands of police.

Orignially posted on Colorlines

The police killing of Philando Cast...

April 8, 2016

In December 2008, as I was starting the final year of a 12-year sentence in a New York state prison, the African American Organization, led by prisoners in Otisville Correctional Facility, put together its annual Kwanzaa celebration. During the seven days of Kwanzaa me...

April 8, 2016

Originally posted on The Nation

 

In December 2008, as I was starting the final year of a 12-year sentence in a New York state prison, the African American Organization, led by prisoners in Otisville Correctional Facility, put together its annual Kwanzaa celebration. Dur...

February 25, 2016

Originally Posted on The Crime Report

 

Many people today have climbed on the bandwagon for criminal justice reform. But what does “reform” actually mean?  As we come to the end of Black History month, I’d like to pose some hard questions to those who now call themselves...

January 11, 2016

Three months ago I moderated a panel at Brooklyn Borough Hall where over 150 boys from Brownsville, Brooklyn, ages 12–18, followed by a dialogue about policing in their communities. A 13-year old boy stood up to ask the audience a question –that he seemed to be intense...

October 14, 2015

 

October 14, 2015

Commissioner William Bratton

1 Police Plaza Path

New York, NY 10007

 

Dear Commissioner Bratton,

 

I write this letter to you as a Brooklyn resident, a community leader, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice, a small b...

October 8, 2015

 

“Dear Media,

 

If you are receiving this letter, it is because I was gunned down or otherwise brutally killed by the hands of a police officer or a random white person by mistake; or in self-defense; or because they somehow knew I had a violent felony on my record by ju...

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