Elon James White, one of our favorite comedians and a Netroots Nation stalwart, channels a lot of people sentiments in this video. It might be NSFW, but White says a lot of things that need saying.
It's part of the ACLU's campaign to End
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Elon James White, one of our favorite comedians and a Netroots Nation stalwart, channels a lot of people's sentiments in this video. It might be NSFW, but White says a lot of things that need saying.
June 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, and has contributed to making America the world's largest incarcerator.
The war on drugs has sent millions of people to prison for low-level offenses, and seriously eroded our civil liberties and civil rights while costing taxpayers billions of dollars a year, with nothing to show for it except our status as the world's largest incarcerator. There are 2.3 million people behind bars in this country — that is triple the amount of prisoners we had in 1987 — and 25 percent of those incarcerated are locked up for drug offenses. Taxpayers spend almost $70 billion a year on corrections and incarceration. A far more sensible way to deal with a public health problem like drug addiction is to provide treatment, which study after study has shown is more effective than incarceration.
Through advocacy and litigation, the ACLU has been seeking an end to this failed war on drugs and our costly addiction to incarceration for decades. Go here to read more about the ACLU’s work to end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society.
This is my first post on C&L and I usually post about Governor, Senate and Congressional races on the Daily Kos. I've mainly been covering the 2014 races but I am also covering a big race that's going to happen in 2016. No, it's not the Presidential election, it's the U.S. Senate race going on in Pennsylvania (my home state) where decorated Admiral, former Congressman and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Sestak (D. PA), is seeking a rematch against Tea Party Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA). Sestak has published an op-ed piece in time for Memorial Day regarding our Veterans coming home from battle and the sever problems they face. I have been give permission to republish the op-ed piece by Sestak's campaign and it's worth a read. Please read below. Read more...
Over the past week, thousands of Americans participated in the recreation of the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, designed to draw attention to a host of important issues. In particular, the march sought to spotlight Read more...
Melissa Harris-Perry's new show on MSNBC along with Chris Hayes' Up are generally are some of the most intelligent, well rounded discussions on cable television. That said, I really do not understand why the producers of Perry's show thought Read more...