The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 942 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories. There are another 820,000 people on parole and a staggering 3.8 million people on probation. Fifty percent (95,800) of sentenced inmates in federal prison on September 30, 2014 were serving time for drug offenses. Among Hispanics in federal prisons 57% were sentenced for drug crimes (36,000 inmates). Fifty-three percent of black federal prisoners were convicted drug offenders in 2014. The U.S. spends more than $51,000,000,000 of tax payer money on the war on drugs! A total of 1,561,231 people were arrested in 2014 for drug war violations.
We demand that the war on drugs and mass incarceration must end. We must also end cannabis prohibition and legalize cannabis and hemp. It is clear the DNC has played a key role in orchestrating and carrying out the war on drugs. Additionally, they continue to fund the war on drugs with every federal budget they pass. They are responsible for funding private and federal prisons as well as allowing lawful slave labor in prisons.
Furthermore, the DNC actively pursues an agenda that restricts, prevents, and outlaws any profits made from cannabis despite 4 states and, ironically, the District of Columbia having made over a billion dollars from cannabis economies in 2015. These policies do not represent the will of the American people, as a majority of Americans now favor more progressive measures for drug policy reforms, including an investment in drug treatment and legalizing cannabis. Even more egregious is that the DNC’s policies are not reflective of its own party members. How can the DNC say it represents Democrats when it passes laws that are marginalizing people of color, working class, and youth? This is unacceptable and the people will not stand for this without a fight.
Number of Americans incarcerated in 2014 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,224,400 or 1 in every 111 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent. This is outrageous! These “crimes” destroy lives and separate families. The drug war is destroying our communities. We must organize against this and demand change!
Calling on all organizations, groups, collectives, coalitions, and individuals who are against mass incarceration and the drug war to support us in advocating that the DNC enact mass reforms both legislatively and in the Obama Administration’s policy making. We cannot stand for this racist drug war any longer. We must unite all races, all ages, all genders, all abilities, all walks of life, etc. If you are against the racist imprisonment of people for drugs, Join US!
End the drug war and defund the DEA
Stop arresting people for drug possession and end mass incarceration
Dismiss all DOJ cases for non-violent drug offenses
Release all prisoners convicted of non-violent drug offenses
Legalize cannabis and remove it from the schedule I list of controlled substances
End funding for drug enforcement programs for state and local police
Enact progressive drug policies that prioritize recovery and rehabilitation for drug users and invests in treatment centers instead of prisons
Cut funding for the building of any new federal prisons
Stop the harassment and imprisonment of medical cannabis patients and their caretakers
End the forfeiture and seizure of assets related to drug offenses.
Enact policies that prohibit police harassment of communities of color and addresses the racial disparity in drug arrests
Enact policies that address the epidemic of police violence and the murder of people of color by police.
Join us for a rally with music and speakers. We will meet at the Park to discuss the reforms that need to be made, and we will then put forth a platform for decarceration and legalization that the DNC can adopt and push forward.
Speakers and schedule to be announced later. Stay tuned for updates!
The East Coast Cannabis Coaltion is collective of activists representing dozens of organizations across movements who support cannabis legalization and ending the drug war. We work together to organize at the federal and regional level to enact leglislative reforms that will reduce the number of people getting arrested each year and increase access to cannabis medicine.If you wish to support this event or join the coalition, message us on our FB page at facebook.com/ecccoaliton
– Maryland NORML
– NJ Legalize Marijuana Party
– Decarcerate the Garden State
– NJ Grannies for Grass
– Help Not Handcuffs
– NYC 420 Fight Club
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1033741426691872/