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 April 11, 2014

al sharpton marijuana drug warPresident Obama, AG Holder, NY Gov. Cuomo, NYC Mayor DeBlasio and DPA’s Art Way to Speak at National Action Network (NAN) Convention April 9-14th

President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio will all join Reverend Al Sharpton at his National Action Network’s annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014 in New York, NY.

The conference is being billed as the largest civil rights convention of the year bringing the nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. Participants will address key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year.

The conference is also focusing on the failed drug war and mass incarceration. A panel called “Up in Smoke: Banning of Menthol, Legalization of Marijuana & Criminalization of African Americans” will address racial justice and the war on drugs.

“We are at a critical point where momentum to end the drug war and mass incarceration is gaining traction,” said Art Way, Senior Policy Manager, Colorado, of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s not time to let up, it’s time to ramp up.”

In just the past six months, the Obama administration has made a series of moves indicating that they are serious about reducing our packed prisons and fixing our broken criminal justice system. The White House is giving the green light to Colorado and Washington to move forward with their marijuana legalization laws. AG Holder is forcefully speaking out against mass incarceration and mandatory minimum laws. The Treasury Dept. and Justice Dept. issued new guidelines for banks to work with legal marijuana businesses. The White House is asking for clemency candidates to help drug prisoners with unjust sentences. The President is planning to introduce an initiative to end the “school-to-prison pipeline” for young people of color. AG Holder is urging states to lift felony disenfranchisement laws. And of course, President Obama made headlines when he told the New Yorker that marijuana was no more dangerous than alcohol, lamented the racial disparities in marijuana arrests, and called Colorado and Washington’s new marijuana legalization laws “important.”

“President Obama and AG Holder want to make criminal justice reform a defining legacy of their administration,” said Way. “They should. After decades of mass incarceration, the public is demanding an exit strategy from the disastrous war on drugs.”

What: Up in Smoke: Banning of Menthol, Legalization of Marijuana, & Criminalization of African Americans
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Who:   Moderator: Kendrick Meek, Former U.S. Representative
Representative Joe Armstrong, President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Chief John I. Dixon III, Chief of Police, Petersburg, VA; President National Organization of Black   Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
Honorable Robert T. Russell, Jr., Judge, 8th Judicial District, Buffalo City Court
Art Way, JD, Senior Policy Manager, Colorado, Drug Policy Alliance
Where: Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 2nd Floor—Central Park East

In addition, another panel at Saturday at 3pm called “The State of Our Prisons: Where We Are and Where we Need to Be” will take a critical look at mass incarceration and strategies to scale it back.

The convention will be held at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York, NY and is free and open to the public with select-ticketed events. Attendees can register and view a full schedule at: http://nationalactionnetwork.net/

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  One Response to “Rev. Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention To Address Drug War”

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    I’m sorry but I wouldn’t be caught DEAD around Al Sharpton! All the scandals and outright FRAUDS he perpetrated upon NYC and the Country are amazing. This guys an FBI Confidential Informant. You don’t get to BE one of those UNLESS the FBI’s got shit on you. He acts like what he did was a NOBLE thing to do? What a joke! Secondly, he’s been asked on NUMEROUS occasions, “… where is the Church you’re supposedly a Reverend of?” Each time he changes the subject. A man of the cloth, would NEVER be caught doing the things he’s done. Not a TRUE man of the cloth anyway. There are several impostors/frauds/CON men & women that USE religion for their OWN personal gain. Al Sharpton’s a “RACE BAITING/FRAUD/FELON/LIAR/DRUG DEALER etc…” This is a SERIOUS FUCKING issue and we don’t need to hear how bad the white man is, when not a damned ONE of the people speaking on the issue ever LIVED through any of these discrimination problems they’re speaking on. Sure this is a problem but putting Al Sharpton out front on this issue will only turn the general public OFF to the message he’s giving. They could have gotten someone with more credibility to spread this message. Perception is 99% of reality! People don’t trust this guy our anything he says because there’s ALWAYS an ulterior motive with this guy.

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