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MAPTalk-Digest Saturday, April 20 2013 Volume 13 : Number 012

001 Re: MAP: Votes needed
    From: Tom Suther <>
002 End the “War on Drugs” and Mass Incarceration: Invest in America=?iso-8


Subj: 001 Re: MAP: Votes needed
From: Tom Suther <>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:50:34 -0700

Just looked and the poll has changed to teh Arias trial

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>From: Leroy Casterline <>
>Sent: Mar 8, 2013 11:27 AM
>Subject: MAP: Votes needed
>Do you think the US should nullify state laws legalizing marijuana? 
>unsure	444	3.3%
>yes	5695	42.0%
>no	7520	55.4%
>total	13569	100.0%
>55.4 over 42 = 132%


Subj: 002 End the “War on Drugs” and Mass Incarceration: Invest in America=?iso-8859-1?Q??s ?Dark GheAmerica’s “Dark Ghettos”?
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:26:16 -0700

End the “War on Drugs” and Mass Incarceration: Invest in America’s “Dark

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As we gather in King’s memory on April 4th this year, our charge must be
to call on President Obama to heed the voices of so many experts,
analysts, advocates, national and international commissions that have
declared the War on Drugs an abysmal failure; a policy/strategy which has
wreaked havoc on people, particularly people of color in this country and
internationally. We must call on the President to exercise leadership by
proclaiming to the nation that it is time to end the War on Drugs and
treat the crisis of drugs as a public health rather than criminal justice
issue – a dramatic paradigm shift which, at a minimum, will lead to
decriminalization of marijuana, increased funding for drug education and
treatment, and a national dialogue on the desirability and feasibility of
regulating and taxing drugs. Such a paradigm shift will necessitate
meaningful changes in the criminal justice system to dramatically reduce
or eliminate drug offenses which have led to the disproportionate
incarceration of Black and Brown people.  It is time for President Obama
to “break silence” and declare an end to the War on Drugs!

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On April 4th, in the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and in the spirit of
his opposition to the Vietnam war and his call for an Economic Bill of
Rights, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century will announce a Day
of Direct Action June 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. – to coincide with the
42nd Anniversary of the War on Drugs. On this day, like Joshua at the
Walls of Jericho, drug and criminal justice reform collaboratives from
Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., joined by formerly
incarcerated persons from around the nation,  representatives of Black
professional organizations associated with the Black Family Summit, faith
and labor leaders  will act as “drum majors for justice” marching at the
gates of the White House issuing a clarion call for an end  to the war on
drugs and mass incarceration and demanding investment in America’s dark
ghettos.  On June 17th, we intend to make some noise. We hope President
Obama and the nation will heed our call and the walls of ignorance,
indifference, hostility, blatant and benign neglect, racial bias and
injustice will come tumbling down, clearing the way for the rescue and
revitalization of the urban inner-city neighborhoods/communities in this

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End of MAPTalk-Digest V13 #12

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