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Ajamu Baraka on Drugs

 

 


Replace drug prohibition with harm reduction

Source: Stein-Baraka platform on 2016 presidential campaign website , Aug 8, 2016

War on drugs a guise to militarize police against minorities

In the US, reactions to economic and social contradictions have resulted in an expansion of the State's repressive apparatus. Under the guise of the 'war on drugs' and then national security, local police forces have been militarized and unleashed on African-American, Latino, Arab and, even still today, indigenous people. Over two million black and brown bodies are commodified as generators of profits and a source of jobs in a system of barbaric gulags where 25,000 of those prisoners are held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

There are connections between the US state-sanctioned violence in the forms of targeted imprisonment, military occupations of black and brown communities and imperialist wars fought primarily against non-white people of the global South. We [need a] movement that can withstand the attempts to divide us internally, and that we can keep the focus where it needs to be--on transforming ourselves and the world.

Source: Pambazuka News OpEd by 2016 vice-presidential hopeful , Apr 19, 2012

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