Congratulations November Coalition
By Eric C. Johnson, Editor for Free-Market.Net.
Congratulations! The November Coalition is
this week's Freedom Home Page of the Week (for late-February
2001) on Free-Market.Net. Your site was also linked from our
main home page, and the review went out, via e-mail, to subscribers
of our Freedom Home Page of the Week list.
Statistics overwhelm us while considering the dimensions of the
drug war. Over 60% of the 2 million American citizens currently
behind bars are non-violent drug offenders. The average sentence
for a first time, non-violent drug offender is longer than that
for a rapist, child molester, or bank robber. This is insane
and outrageous, but there's something about numbers: People don't
get too worked up about 'em. But give people a human drama, and
they'll go to the barricades. And no group has done more to put
human faces on the statistics in our ongoing "War on Drugs"
than the November Coalition.
The November Coalition's Web site is the most genuinely moving
one to be featured as Freedom Page of the Week. It's a real 'tearjerker'.
There is no question that the War on Drugs is fundamentally wrong
in every way. Neither philosophically nor practically is there
any rational justification for this ongoing travesty. But how
often have you thought, really thought, about the individual
victims? Their stories are told here, and they are unforgettable.
At The Wall the names, numbers, photos and stories of hundreds
of prisoners are posted. You can flip through them, one by one.
You will read about Cynthia Dickerson who was framed in a "reverse
sting" by a pressuring "friend", and has a 9 year,
1 month, and 1 day sentence to serve. Terry Anderson, mother
of 2, received a 30-year sentence which is, in her words, "just
one year shy of the length of time I've been on this earth."
The Wall got me choked up, but the Children of War section is
devastating. Read 10-year old Philip Gaines' letter to the judge,
begging for his mother's freedom: "...my birthday is coming
up in October, and I need my mom to be here on the 25th and for
the rest of my life." Philip's plea apparently didn't fall
on deaf ears. His mother, Dorothy, was released after six years
by President Bill Clinton one day before Christmas 2000.
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