On the heels of the New York Times editorial board calling marijuana arrests a “tool of racial oppression”, black leaders are finally taking to the streets to protest the War on Drugs. Rev. Jesse Jackson and other black leaders have scheduled a protest outside the White House on Monday, declaring the black community in a “State of Emergency”, and demanding help from the Obama administration.
Dr. Ron Daniels, President of Institute of the Black World 21st (IBW) Centurystates: “there is a direct connection between the so called War on Drugs as a racially biased strategy and the devastation, death and destruction in America’s ‘dark ghettos.’
Rev. Jesse Jackson will be a main speaker at the event. The recent NYT story drew attention to a study of 50 states and the District of Columbia which showed that “nationally, African-Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites.”
Here’s a snippet of the press release with additional details, sent from Progressive Communications Online:
Date: Monday, June 17th – 42nd Anniversary of the War on Drugs
Where: Washington, D.C.
Time: 10:00 AM – Pre-Rally, Historic Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street, NW 20005— (Main speaker-Rev. Jesse Jackson)
11:00 AM – March to Lafayette Park (Across from the White House)
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM – Rally at Lafayette Park
Amidst growing disaffection in some quarters of Black America with President Obama’s failure to directly address a myriad of crises afflicting distressed Black communities, contingents of “Drum Majors for Justice” are planning a Day of Direct Action, Monday, June 17th in Washington, D.C., to mark the 42nd Anniversary of the “War on Drugs.” Mobilized by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), drug and criminal justice policy reform advocates, faith leaders, heads of community-based organizations and formerly incarcerated leaders will call on President Obama to end the War on Drugs as a “pipeline” to the mass incarceration of Black people. Leaders will also demand massive, direct investment of jobs and economic development projects in urban inner-city neighborhoods plagued by joblessness, drugs, gun violence and fratricide…..