Pubdate: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 Source: Centre Daily Times (PA) Copyright: 2011 Nittany Printing and Publishing Co., Inc. Contact: http://www.centredaily.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/74 Author: Yolande Cadore, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Drug Policy Alliance. PITTS, NAACP ON TARGET Leonard Pitts Jr. deserves a round of applause for his excellent piece last Sunday on the NAACP's resolution, calling for an end to the war on drugs. The NAACP's recent coming out on an issue that may not be widely popular among its mostly middle class base is indeed an act of courage and conversely may create an opportunity for the organization to reconnect with a constituency that may have viewed the NAACP as out of touch and irrelevant. Let's hope the NAACP's courage would motivate its traditional base to advocate for effective drug policy reform at the local and federal levels. More importantly, let's pray that religious leaders within the rank and file membership of the NAACP will use their moral authority to help push the envelope even further. The NAACP is moving in a new direction, which hopefully will inspire our other leaders to seek new solutions to end 40 years of failure. Yolande A. Cadore New York - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.