Encod.org
Europe


GOLD MEMBERS


RED MEMBERS


GREEN MEMBERS

Cannabis Social Club Wien
Cannabis Social Club Wiener Neustadt
TREE OF LIFE - AMSTERDAM CANNABIS SOCIAL CLUB
FREEWEED BOARD
Francis Costelloe
Droleg
High Supplies - Cannabis Seeds Shop
PARADISE SEEDS
Patrick Firnkes
Assonabis
Coffeeshop Pink
Asociación Hempower
Percy Grower
Tricomaria.com
DUTSI Cannabis Social Club
FAC
DOUG FINE
COL.CAN.CAN
Bushdoctor
Marco Bruni
Giacomo Oliva
ASOCIACION LLIURE ANTIPROHIBICIONISTA
Bart Behets
The Stoned Society
Ehkeef
Richard Rainsford
Jorge Roque
CASA MARIA
FEDCAC
AIRAM
ASBL SATIVA
LES AMIS DU CSCF
MOUNTAIN HIGH
SIBARITAS MEDCAN
SENSI SEEDS BV
BJÖRN SICKEL
ESTEBAN SÁNCHEZ
NORML FRANCE
SCALVENZI MATTEO
ACMEFUER
LUKAS HURT
MERES POUR LA MARIJUANA
DINAFEM SEEDS
KID DE WINTER

MEMBERSHIP / view all

 
Home page > English (en) > 02. News > 2011 > NAACP Calls for End to War on Drugs
Published on 29 July 2011  by Martin Steldinger

NAACP Calls for End to War on Drugs

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has now officially broken with the war on drugs. At its 102nd annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday, the nation’s oldest and largest black advocacy group passed an historic resolution calling for an end to the drug war.



All the versions of this article: [English] [Deutsch] [français]





The title of the resolution pretty much says it all: "A Call to End the War on Drugs, Allocate Funding to Investigate Substance Abuse Treatment, Education, and Opportunities in Communities of Color for A Better Tomorrow."

"Today the NAACP has taken a major step towards equity, justice and effective law enforcement," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. "These flawed drug policies that have been mostly enforced in African American communities must be stopped and replaced with evidenced-based practices that address the root causes of drug use and abuse in America."

The resolution noted that the US spends over $40 billion a year to battle against drugs and locks up hundreds of thousands of low-level drug offenders, mostly from communities of color. Blacks are 13 times as likely to be imprisoned for low-level drug offenses as whites, despite using drugs at roughly the same rate as whites, the group noted.

"Studies show that all racial groups abuse drugs at similar rates, but the numbers also show that African Americans, Hispanics and other people of color are stopped, searched, arrested, charged, convicted, and sent to prison for drug-related charges at a much higher rate," said Alice Huffman, President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, which last year endorsed California’s Prop 19 marijuana legalization initiative. "This dual system of drug law enforcement that serves to keep African-Americans and other minorities under lock and key and in prison must be exposed and eradicated."

Instead of choking the US criminal justice system with drug offenders, the resolution called for an investment in treatment and prevention programs, including methadone clinics and treatment programs proven effective.

"We know that the war on drugs has been a complete failure because in the forty years that we’ve been waging this war, drug use and abuse has not gone down," said Robert Rooks, director of the NAACP Criminal Justice Program. "The only thing we’ve accomplished is becoming the world’s largest incarcerator, sending people with mental health and addiction issues to prison, and creating a system of racial disparities that rivals Jim Crow policies of the 1960’s."

Neill Franklin, an African American former narcotics cop from Baltimore and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, made a presentation about ending the war on drugs to the conference Monday, and had more to say Tuesday.

"The NAACP has been on the forefront of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in this country for over a century. The fact that these leaders are joining others like the National Black Police Association in calling for an end to the ’war on drugs’ should be a wake up call to those politicians - including and especially President Obama - who still have not come to terms with the devastation that the ’drug war’ causes in our society and especially in communities of color."

Although passed by delegates to the convention, the resolution must be ratified by the NAACP board of directors in October. Once that happens, the NAACP’s 1,200 active units across the country will mobilize to conduct campaigns advocating for the end of the war on drugs.

The African-American community has long suffered the brunt of drug law enforcement in this country, but has proven remarkably resistant to calls to reform our drug policies, in part because it has also suffered the effects of drug abuse. That the nation’s leading African-American organization has taken a stand against the drug war is a big deal.

Los Angeles, CA United States

via StopTheDrugWar





Share |



Reply to this article


The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 140 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 200 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


Secretariat: Haantjeslei 213 | 2018 Antwerpen | Belgium | Tel: +32 (0)495 122 644 | E-mail: office@encod.org
© Encod.org 2014 :: Design by: Navetrece.com