Ending the War on Drugs

1 in 9. That’s the number of black children with incarcerated parents. Juxtapose that number with 1 in 57. That’s the amount of white children with incarcerated parents.

The greatest victims of the prison industrial complex are our nation’s children. Hundreds of thousands of children have lost a parent to long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses, leaving these children to fend for themselves.

These offenses and sentences are the beginning of a never ending cycle. Many of the children end up in the criminal justice system as well because of the apparent link between incarceration, broken families, juvenile delinquency, violence and poverty.

1 in 15. That is the percentage of African-American men that are incarcerated in the United States. Compared to the one in 106 white men, something has got to give. There are more African Americans in the US prison system today than there were slaves in 1850.

The cost of mass incarceration is not only detrimental to our children’s futures by breaking up their homes and families—it’s taking money away from their education as well. $30,000 dollars a year is the average cost that the U.S. incurs to incarcerate an inmate. Yet, the nation is only spending $11,665 per public school student.

For these aforementioned reasons, the NAACP Northeast Region is holding a Community Town Hall Forum.

On April 27th, 2013 at 7:00pm, join us at the Community College of Allegheny to hear a discussion and innovative solutions to combat the War on Drugs.

Sammie Dow, Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division wrote in his email addressing the region:

"We are a coalition of concerned advocates that is ready to support more innovative criminal justice reforms and implement more alternatives to incarceration. In 2010, the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act was a tremendous step in the right direction, and we appreciate how hard you worked on getting that done. Some of the initial policies we recommend is, under the Fair Sentencing Act, extend to all inmates who were subject to 100-to-1 crack-to-powder disparities a chance to have their sentences reduced to those that are more consistent with the magnitude of the offense. We ask your support for the principles of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, which allows judges to set aside mandatory minimum sentences when they deem appropriate."

Here is our list of guest panelists who will be leading the discussion for the town hall:

Moderator:

Sabrina Saunders: Director of Education, Urban League Greater Pittsburgh

 

Panelist:

Michael Skolnik: Editor-in-chief of GlobalGrind.com and the Political Director to Russell Simmons

Carmen Berkley: Executive Director, Generational Alliance

Jasiri X: Hip-Hop Artist and Community Activist

Niaz Kasaravi: Director Criminal Justice Department, NAACP

Brandi Fisher: President & CEO, Alliance for Police Accountability

Bernadette Turner: Executive Director, Addison Behavioral Care

Honorable Ed Gainey: State Representative, Pennsylvania 24th Legislative District

Please join us and our accomplished group of panelists for an evening that guarantees to be insightful and engaging on an issue that is plaguing our communities today. Join the fight to End the War on Drugs in Pittsburgh on April 27th at 7:00 PM at the Community College of Allegheny College—808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Please RSVP to Marvin Bing, NAACP Northeast Regional Director at mbing@naacpnet.org or directly at 917.561.8870.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

RE:  "Ending the War on Drugs"

 

Just like any other business endeavor (legal or illegal), as long as a steady supply of customers exists to make the sale of illicit drugs, profitable, there is very little that any government official/agency can do to stop drug trafficking, illicit drug sales or use, etc., etc.

 

Furthermore, crying about going to prison for committing a criminal act that he or she truly committed is useless.   

 

The best weapon against illicit drug use is to not be a user or engage in illicit drug trafficking in the first place. 

 

The best tool, advice, constructive tactic to keep from going to jail/prison is to be a law abiding citizen.    If any illegal activity takes place just make sure that it is anyone else but you.  

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-965365

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-936676

 

The only individuals from within the Black community that I have sympathy for, engage in defending, or speaking in behalf of are any truly innocent Black men or women falsely accused,  or condemning any lawyer, or elected official who fails to be competent in using his or her influence to protect the Constitutional rights of the the innocent.

 

http://www.yourblackworld.net/...-mass-incarceration/

 

Selected comment:

 

 "The problem with MASS-INCARCERATION is not the USA JUST_US system…

The problem is with Black people; as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse…

When you nine (9) out of ten (10) Blacks taking plea deals, and pleading guilty because of their ignorance, then there is nothing you can do about that…

You go to any city in America, and Black folks will tell you, you better take that deal, these white folks don’t play here…and this is all too common among Blacks…

1) Never give up your right to “REMAIN SILENT”…

2) Never give up your right to a “SPEEDY TRIAL”…

These are the most common rights we give up as a whole…I have been charged with every crime under the SUN, just for being Black…held in jail with a high bond for months waiting to go to trial…put in cells with thugs, and had to fight daily, because the people think that I will plea guilty to their erroneous charges…

NEVER, to strong for that, my mind is not week…

You have Black court appointed attorneys convincing their clients to plea guilty, instead of the attorney doing their job to investigate a case; I guess it is a lot easier to get  $30,000.00 to convince your own race to plea guilty, then to have to work for the money and help convince a jury they are not guilty…

There is nothing your “NOT  the Black people’s President” can do for you…it is like education, it must start in the home…but for some reason, families are first one’s to convince you to take the deal" -PB Short.  

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50143485n http://www.cbsnews.com/2102-18560_162-57575891.html

60 Minutes, Sunday, March 24, 2013, “Blindsided: The exoneration of Brian Banks”. The woman, Wanetta Gibson, who made the false claim of rape against Brian Banks is black. “As his day in court approached, Brian says that his lawyer feared that he wouldn’t get a fair trial, based on his age, size & race. So she, an African-American herself, convinced Brian to plead no contest to a crime he insisted he didn’t commit.”. -Attorney Elizabeth Harris should be barred from practicing law.

Furthermore, unlike Brian Banks and other Black men and women, who are innocent, but who allow themselves to be talked into pleading "no contest" which is equivalent to "pleading guilty", no matter how many threats of jail time, prison incarceration, or bad advice are sent my direction by unethical city prosecutors,  any incompetent spineless attorney, etc., etc. 

 

PB Short is also on target, and he definitely has more common sense, practical knowledge and backbone than a Barack Obama, multiple members of the CBC, numerous Black lawyers, and/or a sell out and misguided university educated blatantly dysfunctional Black middleclass.

 

But Oh well, there are numerous Black attorneys and other misguided individuals out there who spend more time advising the truly innocent to "plead no contest" than insisting on being ethical and competent in the interest of protecting the Constitutional rights of the law abiding and innocent.

 

 

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