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NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR DRUG DE-CRIMINALIZATION AND AMNESTY

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR DRUG DE-CRIMINALIZATION AND AMNESTY

    1. Petition by

      NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR URBAN PEACE AND JUSTICE

A grassroots human rights initiative to address the impact of the United States 'War on Drugs', particularly its impact throughout urban America.

During 2009, as part of our ongoing effort to end gang and drug related violence, the National Council for Urban Peace and Justice ( NCUPJ ) http://www.ncupj.net sponsored a series of community forums. These forums were the initial jump-start for the Campaign for Drug De-Criminalization and Amnesty.

Our postion and call to action include the following:

1. Repeal legislation and criminal codes that criminalize drug use, sales and low-level distribution which contribute to mass incarceration.

2. Development of a comprehensive AMNESTY PROGRAM for those convicted of drug related offenses in order to address issues of structural bias and inequality.

3. Replace law enforcement focus with focus on recovery, rehabilitation and treatment.

4. Provide comprehensive social service and human development support services such as counseling, therapy, housing, employment, job training and life skills.

5. The epidemic of urban violence has been exacerbated by the "war on drugs" and used as a pretext to justify containment and disfranchisement.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • R. Scott Harrison PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      I urge support for this campaign because this is morally right, just, humane, logical and will save the nation hundreds of billions of dollars annually if the money is rechannelled into affordable, safe housing, education, job training programs, corporate sponsorships of jobs that pay a living wage, violence prevention and parenting classes, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and affordable healthcare.

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    • Twanda Jackson WASHINGTON, DC
      • 8 months ago

      institutional racism..black men are locked up most often

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    • Janice Fairley VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      There are more people in US prisons than at any other time in history in ANY country in the world! The system is seriously flawed and corrupt, as would be expected when private entities are financially rewarded by incarcerating more people for longer. Time to pay attention to Human Rights violations perpetrated on your own soil, Mr. President!

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    • zebulun balas WOOSTER, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to all be responsible for our actions and their consequences.

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    • George Hemenway NEW HOLLAND, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have too many friends doing time for small amounts of drugs, possession only.

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