Justice #2: Addiction Requires Treatment, Not Punishment

The second issue of Justice is now available. You can download a .pdf version by clicking here. 



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The Think Tank at Denison: Speakers share their experiences with predatory lenders


On February 8th, 2017, members of the Newark Think Tank on Poverty shared their experiences with payday loans, title lenders, and rent-to-own businesses. 

This event was coordinated and hosted by our friend and ally, Fahdel Kaboub, Associate Professor of Economics at Denison University. NTTP Members Ellanor, Donna, Chris, and Chuck were the speakers.

Below is a list of what I learned, taken from notes during the event, with links to articles if you are interested in learning more. If they bring you any wisdom, give a big thanks to the speakers for helping us understand these unethical but legal practices.

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A Report from the February General Meeting


On February 10th, 2018, the Think Tank held its first General Meeting of the year.

This GM, lead by Lesha Farias, was more of a class on the most basic and important activist tool, the One-to-One, than a formal meeting.

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What is the Disease of Despair?


I have found myself using the term “disease of despair” and “deaths from despair” in the past four months since another Think Tank member used it in email correspondence, without even knowing what it concretely referred to.

After some prodding, I put together a quick definition and history of the term. For Think Tank members and allies ignorant of this term, much like myself, I hope this provides for you an intellectual tool when conversing about the systemic causes of the rising drug abuse we have witnessed, and are witnessing, in Licking County.

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NTTP at the Women's March in Newark


The first Women's March in Newark was held downtown on January 20th.

Organized by Jen Kanagy of Licking County Revolution, in collaboration with Garry Goldsmith of Working Families First, over 200 people attended to hear women from different cultural and economic backgrounds voice opposition to sexist, racist, and classist violence, followed by a march around the courthouse square.

The Think Tank and Justice’s own Lesha Farias was one of the speakers. We have included her speech below, along with more reporting of the event.

Another march is planned for 2019.

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The Think Tank in 2017


As you might have noticed, for us on the Justice team, the month of January has been about working off the Holiday dinners and picking up the pace with our blog posts.

So, for those of you actively checking in, thanks, and keep coming back, we’re getting better at this!

Now that we are in the zone, I wanted to share with you all a “Think Tank in 2017” highlight sheet that made the rounds at our last Leadership meeting.

And before we begin, all of us here at Justice would like to recognize every one of our brothers and sisters in the Think Tank who have activated and organized with us throughout 2017.

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Reading Recommendations: Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis


In this policy brief, the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy finds the opioid epidemic to be not only a health crisis, but an economic one as well.

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Trinity Hope House Warming Shelter to operate throughout the week, seeking volunteers



Hope Trinity Lutheran Church (592 West Main Street) will be operating a warming shelter, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are in need of shelter or available to volunteer, they can be reached at (740) - 527 - 0637. 

Reporting: Newark Advocate: Local temperatures plunge, prompting new warming center to open early

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January's Think Tank General Meeting cancelled due to weather

Due to this weekend's expected weather conditions, we will not be meeting this month. Do join us on the 10th of February for our first General Meeting of the year. We will be conducting organizing workshops to support our campaign for equal and affordable treatment for all people suffering from addiction.

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Phillip Alston, human rights lawyer and special rapporteur, releases his statement on "extreme poverty and human rights" in the United States.


Photo Credit: Clipped from NYU Law Faculty site video.

Professor Phillip Alston, an international legal scholar at New York University and UN envoy, has released a statement detailing America's increasing wealth/income inequality.

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