|Sent on:||Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:18 PM|
COP on the Hill
Stories from the week of September 20, 2013
See it in their eyes: I spent two long days attending the annual Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Conference (5,000 or so attending). For the first time I had zero.zero push back on the shirt/message. I also modified my answer to start with: ‘To eliminate the job option of selling marijuana which causes teens to be shot on a regular basis. Then I finished with: ‘Catch more pedophiles and others hurting our kids…..’
On a number of persons who heard that, you could see in their faces a wince, a personal connection to a teen being shot/shot dead. And still the leadership at the conference had no sessions on the War on Drugs/Drug Prohibition (as a policy), even as EVERYONE recognized the harms done to people of color. See me shaking my head.
PS.. I asked several and they all had the same answer. It is redundant and unnecessary to point out the horrific racism of drug policy to a person of color.
? Can I take some credit? This week Republican, freshman Congressman Steve Stockman became a co-sponsor of HR 1523 – the repeal federal prohibition of marijuana act. When I met with that office’s legislative assistant back in January, his boss (legislative director) and another LA sat in on the 30 minute meeting. During August recess I emailed the LD to remind him of our chat and HR 1523. A week after the return of the Member, they are now on the bill. Either way…wooohooo!
Reminder: have you sent your Congressman a letter in support of HR 1523?
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COP stats since inception: August 2009
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