Opposition to Rockefeller Drug Laws mounts
NY District Attorney Richard Brown is leading
the effort to preserve New York's unjust and destructive Rockefeller
Drug Laws. On February 28th at noon, The William Moses Kunstler
Fund for Racial Justice and Queens Mothers of the New York Disappeared
protested at Brown's office in New York City.
Terrence Stevens, a former Rockefeller drug war prisoner received
clemency less than a month ago. He invited drug war opponents
in the New York area to join him, saying, "When I was granted
clemency and subsequently released from Green Haven correctional
facility in Jan. 31, 2001, I left behind thousands of nonviolent
low level drug offenders warehoused in a brutal and sadistic
prison system. A system where institutional racism is rampant
and constantly on the rise. Even with advanced Muscular Dystrophy,
I was subjected to a daily dose of the most hideous form of racism.
If they treated me that way, you can imagine how they treat prisoners
who can walk."
"Despite the profound advances, I can attest to the reality
that work is still needed to be done especially with prosecutors
fighting to maintain the racist status quo of New York's legal
system. I truly believe that if we continue to stick together
and mobilize, then Judgment Day is near. It is true we are finally
closer to change than ever before. We cannot give up. We cannot
lose hope. I believe the injustices of these draconian laws will
continue unabated if families, friends and former prisoners don't
unite and struggle. We have worked extremely hard to get where
we are today. Repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws can only be
successful if enough of our supporters participate with us."