Personal Liberty

Why All Music Fans Should be Supporting the Juggalos as they March on D.C.

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected]  In America you can be fired from your job, be rejected from joining the military, or even lose custody of your children because of the music…

Posted in Personal Liberty

Marijuana Went 8 for 9 on Election Day

The people have spoken. Out of the nine states with questions regarding the legalization of marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes, eight voted to reform marijuana laws. A majority of the Mary Jane victories were won by two or more percentage points. Some states had considerably large margins such as Florida, North Dakota, Montana,…

Posted in Uncategorized, Politics and Elections, Personal Liberty

Not Just the White House: Marijuana Initiatives

In the days before the 2016 election HeadCount is running a new series titled “Not Just the White House,” a run down of ballot initiatives across the 50 states. For the first installment we are looking into marijuana initiatives. This coming Tuesday, 9 states have referendums to reform marijuana legislation on their ballots. That’s right!…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Personal Liberty, Health Care Reform

Have PRIDE in Voting

I’m lucky enough to have been able to surround myself with allies my whole life (thankfully, safe some spaces do exist). I learned early on (from friends of color) that “passing” (as straight) does not do the GLBTQ community any good. And thanks to the support of my friends, family and the music community I…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Guest Blog, Blog

UPDATED: This Peaceful Deadhead Will Die in Prison w/out Obama Clemency

UPDATE: As of August 30th, 2016 Timothy Tyler has been granted Clemency   Twenty years without music. That ended up being part of the punishment handed down to Timothy Tyler, a now 47-year-old Deadhead who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for selling LSD at 25-years-old. He was arrested in…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights

Fare Thee Well Interview Series: Allen St. Pierre of NORML

With The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary shows approaching, and HeadCount organizing a “Participation Row” non-profit village at the shows, we are running a series of interviews with key people from non-profits and various social good initiatives tied to the Grateful Dead. Today, we talk to cannabis activist Allen St. Pierre. Click here to view other interviews in the…

Posted in Participation Row, Interviews, Personal Liberty

ACLU Mobile Justice App aims to Save Lives and Secure Justice

A new ACLU Mobile Justice App allows users to document misconduct by law enforcement on smartphones and alert the community about incidents in progress.

Viewpoint: Improving Campus Sexual Assault Policies Must Become a Priority

Campus sexual assault has come to the forefront of the national conversation recently. Miranda Willson explores the ins and outs of what is being called an epidemic.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Guest Blog

The ACA vs. Religious Employers

One side claims their religious freedom is being violated. Another says reproductive freedom is at stake. The Supreme Court will decide in June.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Health Care Reform

NSA: A Nonpartisan Issue

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s surveillance are making waves in policy, politics, and culture.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Privacy and Surveillance