Today, on the 42nd Anniversary of the War on Drugs, the Black Institute joins Dr. Ron Daniels, The Institute of the Black World, and a dedicated network of Black leaders, activists and community organizations to conduct a Day of Direct Action to call upon President Obama to act on the following agenda:
- Intensify efforts to eliminate the disparity in sentencing between powdered and crack cocaine.
- Issue an Executive Order terminating the War on Drugs and replacing it with a national initiative that treats drugs and drug addiction as a public health issue.
- Issue an Executive Order ending the practice of using incarcerated persons as prison labor.
- Publicly support decriminalization of the possession of small quantities of Marijuana.
- Allocate more federal funds for drug education, counseling and treatment.
- Form a Presidential Commission to initiate a National Dialogue on the regulation and taxation of drugs.
- Mobilize moral and political support for direct public sector jobs and sustainable economic development programs with priority inclusion of formerly incarcerated persons targeted to transform distressed Black communities.
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