Absolutely scathing article in the Village Voice about New York Mayor Bloomberg: Young Men’s Initiative: The White Mayor’s Burden – Bloomberg aims to help the young black and Latino men he has been throwing in jail for a decade
Consider that, according to a study by Professor Harry Levine of Queens College, Giuliani “only” averaged arresting 24,487 people a year for marijuana. By 2008, Bloomberg was averaging 36,069 pot arrests annually.
In 2010, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, he arrested 50,383 peopleâ€””more than capacity seating in Yankee Stadium.”
In 2011, he’s on track to arrest more than 60,000 by year’s end.
Now, while you’re still sober, take a wild guess: What color and gender were most of those arrestees? […]
And now it has come out that the most overpoliced, harassed, questionably searched, often illegally arrested New Yorkers are exactly the citizens the mayor suddenly wants to “help.”
His Young Men’s Initiative, which Bloomberg announced last month to great fanfare, will lavish $127 million of public and private funds on young black and Latino men over the final years of the mayor’s tenure.
This is utterly befuddling to his critics, who have fought him over the past decade as he has suspended young black and Latino males in schools, stopped and frisked them on the streets, and locked them up in record numbers.
Via VOCAL New York… The Drug Czar is in New York today, visiting with DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. in Washington Heights to discuss their “progress” in fighting the war on drugs.
A group of New Yorkers (members of VOCAL and New Yorkers who believe we need an end to the drug war) are there at this moment protesting the drug czar’s war.
Billionaire Peter Lewis: My War On Drug Laws at Forbes.
Itâ€™s become sort of a central philanthropic interest of mineâ€”by no means my only interest. But Iâ€™m pretty clear. Iâ€™ve thought it through, and Iâ€™m trying to accomplish something. My mission is to reduce the penalties for growing, using and selling marijuana. Itâ€™s that simple.
Iâ€™ve been conducting a great deal of research on public opinion on marijuana. Change in this area is inevitable, much like the movement toward equal rights for gays and lesbians. An ever shrinking fraction of the country resists changing marijuana laws, largely for moral reasons. But change is coming. Itâ€™s just a question of when and how we get there.