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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
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   Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

New Yorkers Rally To Oppose Racially Biased, Illegal And Costly Marijuana
Arrests And Stop-And-Frisk Practices Of Mayor Bloomberg's NYPD!

Mayor Bloomberg, now presides over the largest initiative in the country to arrest
young men of color on false marijuana possession charges - an outcome of the
controversial stop-and-frisk practices conducted by NYPD.  Evoking Charles
Dickens’ famous novel, protestors declared that biased policing practices under
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly were creating A Tale of Two
Cities.  One is for white residents where marijuana possession was decriminalized
in 1977, where they are seldom stopped and frisked, and mothers do not fear that
their children will be unlawfully rounded up by the police. The other New York is for
the hundreds of thousands of people of color who are stopped even though the
overwhelming majority of them are innocent of any wrongdoing; tens of thousands
are illegally searched, falsely charged, arrested and incarcerated for marijuana
possession (even though it’s not a crime in New York); and mothers live in fear of
the police unlawfully snatching their children off the streets.  Underscoring the two
city theme at the end of the rally, about a dozen young white people blocked the
entrance to NYPD headquarters exposing themselves to arrest by police as they
denounced the racially biased police practices – the police refused to arrest them!  
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  •  good to see. it's important for people to take up (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Calamity Jean

    causes which they don't necessarily see as their own, but recognize as important to others and part of a just society.

  •  Yes, the way our drug laws are enforced are racist (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    classist, stupid, cruel, and damaging to our people, economy, and is corrupting many foreign government and funding the development of criminal gangs, and smuggling infrastructure that could be exploited someday by terrorists.

    Just say no to stupid drug laws.

    I read recently, that the US has the highest percentage of our population in prision of any country in the world.

    And, that over a third of all adult men of color, are, are have been involved with the justice system in some way, which i think was defined to include being arrested, incarcerated, or probation, or parole.

    However, it was defined, it is problematic, and wrong.  

    Let's start with decriminalization of marijuana, and then a step by step transformation of dealing with the many social and health problems related to drug use with our health care, and social service systems rather than our law enforcement, and military.

    I think it was Portugal that just published a highly credible 10 year study of this approach which has worked much better, than their previous approach (or current approach.)

    It cost over $50,000 per prisioner/year to incarcerate drug users.  We simply can not afford to be this stupid any longer.

    And, think of it.  But, for the grace of god, and the grace of un-equal, and inefficient enforcement three recent US Presidents could have been arrested and spend time in jail, unable to then get college loans.  Only, one of these three truly belonged in jail, and that would have been for different reasons.

    Let's stop being stupid.  President Obama should wait a week, so we can get maximum benefit of his Executive action on immigration, then announce a commission that will review the almost 1 million Americans in jail for non-violent drug offenses for pardons.  

    And, instruct his increasingly regressive DEA Czar and AG to stop the ramped up enforcement of Federal drug laws over-riding the state laws legalizing medicinal marijuana.

    Thinks for bringing us this small glimmer of hope buildingbridges.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 12:56:28 PM PDT

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