Petition for Melinda Katz to Adopt Harm Reduction Policies

Petition for Melinda Katz to Adopt Harm Reduction Policies

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Rebecca Rothschild started this petition to Melinda Katz

Dear Melinda Katz,

This petition is signed by the voters of Queens who supported Tiffany Cabán during the democratic primary for Queens District Attorney.

Though we are disappointed, we accept that Cabán has conceded and that you are the Democratic nominee for this election. Still, we recognize that a Republican district attorney would be worse for Queens by an order of magnitude. Because of this, we urge you to adopt the following positions as part of your platform so that those who supported Cabán during the primary can confidently and comfortably vote for you during the election:

1) Center your policies as District Attorney on harm reduction wherever possible by declining to prosecute crimes which pose little or no threat to public safety, such as nonviolent cannabis related offenses and voluntary, transactional sex between consenting adults.

2) End cash bail, which, as we have seen in the case of Layleen Cubilette-Polanco who died in Rikers in June because she was unable to post $500 bail in April, keeps many low-level, nonviolent offenders needlessly behind bars because of economic hardship.

3) Pledge to prosecute ICE agents who exceed their authority, and decline to cooperate with ICE initiatives whenever possible.

This was a contentious primary race, and it demonstrated that a significant number of your constituents care deeply about these issues. We the below signed hope that you heed the message of this close race and adopt these positions so that you can be confident that Queens voters who supported Cabán will still come out to vote this November.

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