Treating drug users as whole people with human rights rather than as criminals used to be considered a radical act but that is changing. Mass incarceration and a far-reaching opioid crisis are forcing even former anti-drug crusaders to consider tackling addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal one.
"The senators need to know that there is a groundswell of 'we the people' saying we will take care of the vulnerable people in our nation!" says Sister Simone Campbell. Campbell has been involved in activism for many years, and explains how Catholic women have fought -- and continue to fight -- to protect health care.
War has become normalized, environmental protections are being dismantled, fear has become the new national anthem, and more people -- especially young people -- are being written out of democracy's script. Yet around world, the spirit of resistance on the part of young people is coming alive once again as they reject growing racism, Islamaphobia, militarism and authoritarianism.