I wanted him to know that I wasn’t just gonna vote for me but that I was gonna vote for him, for his family, and for his community.Dr. Justin Brown
- Our tendency to make decisions in light of “What is best for me?” is often proven at the ballot box.
- It was nearly 100 years after the founding of the U.S. that Black men gained the right to vote, and this was not extended to women for another 50 years.
- 1 in 10,000 women die in childbirth, and this is about 3 times higher in Black women.
- There was a concerted effort by the federal government during Prohibition to refer to cannabis as marijuana to associate it with Mexican immigrants.
- The War on Drugs was launched at a time when drug use was actually declining, and less than 2% of Americans viewed it as the biggest problem facing the nation.
- 1 in 3 Black men in the U.S. are incarcerated in their lifetimes, and there are currently more Black Americans under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850.
- Black Americans are arrested disproportionately for cannabis despite lower rates of use than white Americans.
- Someone in the U.S. is arrested for a cannabis-related offense every 58 seconds, leading to 500,000 arrests annually with 90% of these for possession alone.
- A felony conviction for cannabis possession can create barriers to future housing and employment, and it strips one of the right to vote.
- The benefits of cannabis for chronic pain and anxiety are primarily available to the middle-class white men who are most likely to be certified for medical use.
- The world is much more nuanced than we’ve been led to believe.
- With every issue on the ballot, there is an important historical and often racial context.
- Conversations about reproductive health are far more personal that political for many.
- Access to free birth control reduces the rate of abortions by 75%.
- We may be surprised to discover how little critical thought we’ve invested in complex issues.
- Every $1 spent on drug treatment saves $12 in drug-related incarceration.
- Before casting a vote, pause to reflect on how that vote will affect others – and specifically how it will affect those impacted by disenfranchisement.
- Find the courage to speak up about issues in the news, especially when they relate to your personal experience or professional expertise.
- Evaluate yourself honestly with the reflections, “What has motivated my votes in the past?” and “What should motivate my votes in the future?”
- “A vote is like a kind of prayer.” – Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock
- The rate of abortion at less than 6 weeks gestation is 32%, not the over 50%, as mentioned in the episode.
Change Your Mind
We tend to think highly of ourselves for holding on to an opinion indefinitely, but growth and maturity are marked by the ability to react to new information by changing our minds. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by Russell Catania as they outline the key steps to shifting perspectives.
Compassion Changes Everything
How do we respond to the fear and frustration at the intersection of the personal and political? Prompted by the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert share how a commitment to compassion in the face of complexity can deepen our connection to others.
Look Beyond Yourself
One of the most critical skills that leaders can master is the ability to see the bigger picture. Dr. Michael Brown has a conversation this week with Casey Greenawalt about a counterintuitive key to personal growth.