Taking Our Campaign Against the War on Drugs to Austin, Texas
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
CNDP continues to work with professionals in other fields in opposition to the War on Drugs. Our most recent efforts took us to Austin, Texas, where we again joined a representative from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, as well as an addiction psychiatrist, to share our message about the damage the War has caused.
If you are interested in having a similar panel in your area, please contact us.
Rev. Alexander E. Sharp Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
The Campaign in Texas
(L to R) Rev. Alexander Sharp; Judge John Delany; Dr. Bryon Adinoff; Justin Arman, Executive Director, Texans for Accountable Government
Recent blog by Rev. Alexander E. Sharp - The program CNDP helped to initiate recently in Rhode Island -- “Ending the Drug War, Healing Our Communities: Cops, Docs, and Clergy Speaking with One Voice” -- is becoming increasingly visible. On Saturday, February 13, I went to Austin, Texas to join a district judge and an addiction psychiatrist on a panel before the Republican Liberty Caucus State Convention, as well as at a gathering of Texans for Accountable Government. Common themes were that the War on Drugs has failed and is more harmful to individual lives than the marijuana use it seeks to prohibit. Here are excerpts.
By Rev. Saeed Richardson
“People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.” While these words may come from an unexpected source, the actor Samuel L. Jackson, how true do they ring in today’s regard; how true it is that Black souls are dismantled day by day, before our very eyes.