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A Mother’s Day Declaration: “The Drug War Hurts Our Families”

  • by Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Women's Outreach May 1, 2012


    Mother’s Day: How the Drug War Hurts Families

    NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and other Reform Organizations Team Up for: “Cops & Moms Week of Action

    Washington DC – Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2nd in honor of Mother’s Day. The press conference will launch a new coalition of national organizations that will represent mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous drug war. The NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Student for Sensible Drug Policy and others will share powerful stories of losing loved ones to the criminal justice system, and the social repercussions of prohibition.  The coalition will highlight a series of activities around the country timed to Mother’s Day.

    Sabrina Fendrick, Coordinator for the NORML Women’s Alliance gave the following statement:

     “‘Mother’s Day’ was derived out of an intensely political effort to organize women on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line against the Civil War. The reason mothers were made the vehicle was because they were the ones whose children were dying in that war. Women were also largely responsible for ending alcohol prohibition.  This is more than just a ‘greeting-card holiday,’ this is the beginning of an institutional change in our society. The government’s war on drugs is unacceptable. For our children’s sake, the concerned mothers of the world are being called on to demand the implementation of a rational, responsible, reality-based drug and marijuana policy.”

    Leaders of the campaign who will be speaking at the press conference include former Maryland narcotics cop and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Neill Franklin; Vice-Chair of the NORML Women’s Alliance and proud mother, Diane Fornbacher; Aaron Houston, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Kathie Kane-Willis a Chicago social worker whose son died from an overdose two years ago; Joy Strickland, CEO of Mothers Against Teen Violence, Nina Graves (Delaware), a mother and former assistant chief of police and others.  Moms United to End the Drug War will also be unveiling a “Moms Bill of Rights.”

    Event Details:

    What: Mother’s Day press conference announcing coalition between moms, cops and students against the war on drugs.  Followed by a nationwide “Cops & Moms Week of Action”.
    When:  May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m.
    Where: National Press Club – Washington, D.C.
    Who:   NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Moms United to End the Drug War, and the Drug Policy Alliance.

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    17 Responses to “A Mother’s Day Declaration: “The Drug War Hurts Our Families””

    1. Somedood says:

      Politicians don’t have feelings. Only bank accounts. Good luck trying to get thru to them.

    2. Great job!! Wish I could be there tomorrow. Will you all be able to post either a live stream or a video or audio taping?

    3. fishcreekbob says:

      Genocide and treason. Ya I’m stuch there. Freedom is NORML.

    4. Joe Nickelsack says:

      This is one of my interpretations of the drug war:
      Imagine an outhouse that streches from coast to coast, a five seater.On the one end you have Nixon, then Reagan, who had diarrhea, then Daddy Bush, then Clinton,then the retarded Bush.We’ve just about got that sixth one cut out for our present President.Lets level that Outhouse and get some fresh air and sunshine back where it belongs,on this beautiful fertile land, no more chicken shit from you Assholes, were done with ya…

    5. Don M says:

      Good Luck Ladies!!!

      Prohibition is just so wrong. It is against human nature and does far more harm than good. Further, I consider this whole issue to be about human rights violations. It is NORML to consume cannabis but abnormal to profit from human misery by punishing anyone for making this safe recreational/medicinal choice.

      Go girls :)

    6. PUFFER says:

      We all have a part in this, but sometimes only a good woman can do the job for they to are an unstoppable force.

    7. Juggy says:

      I’m tellin ya. None of this shit is gonna do any good. We need anoccupy wallstreet type movement. Politicians only care about getting reelected. Until they think that they need the pro pot vote, they wont even discuss the subject.

    8. wbs 101 says:

      Women definitely have a lot of power that is probably why they never let you vote for a decent woman.

    9. Galileo Galilei says:

      The mother of the child who OD-ed is correct to blame the drug war for her offspring’s death. Heroin is dangerous, because the amount it takes to get high is not much lower than the amount it takes to overdose.

      If addicts could register and receive their fix from a doctor, they could avoid death and be counseled on their drug use. Addicts will do anything for their next fix, including robbing, cheating, stealing, and ripping the rest of us off in general. Anything also includes registering as an addict and getting the help they need.

      My son had a heroin habit that cost him 10 years of his life. It also contributed to my divorce and bankruptcy. I takes a while to realize the addict has other priorities than his own family. I dearly wish I had told him the truth the truth about marijuana and all other drugs. Keeping marijuana illegal leads people to think they have been lied to about all drugs. NOT TRUE.

      The drug war is a bizarre collusion of homicidal underworld monsters and anti-drug, holier-than-thou zealots. We are spending billions to keep the underworld profitable and keep cops and prison guards employed.

      To paraphrase Steppenwolf, goddamn the drug war.

    10. Denver WMD says:

      ;(

    11. Travesty says:

      goddamn the pusher man….. Amen brother. I picture groups of peaceful cannabis smokers by the hundreds having sit ins in front of cop shops and crack houses. Lets show the general public we r not criminals. We need to show the love and concern that can come with cannabis use. Dispite the lies to the contrary. Society would come to a screeching halt if we all banded together. We r everywhere!!

    12. StillCrazyAfterAllTheseYears says:

      Don’t think I can go, but, did you see where the young man, Mr. Choi, was locked up by the DEA and left in a holding cell for 5 days with no food and water, no answer to shouts, screams or kicking door. However, they had meth in the holding cell. He took that to help with the hunger and drank his own urine, spent days in intensive care afterwards. That’s what the war on drugs is. Along with the law enforcement officers who take and sell, as well as use, citizen’s cannabis. Wrong. The military-industrial complex and the prison industry is wrong. So wrong.

    13. Lisabet Ellis says:

      It sickens and astounds me that nothing was learned, nothing at all, from the FIRST attempt at prohibition back in the 1920′s to early 1930′s!
      They still don’t get it! Or, maybe they do, and the reason they keep everything illegal and in the underground is because the politicians ARE the underground, and make huge profits from some aspect of black-market sales and criminal activity related thereto. It would not surprise me in the least!
      My husband tells me that when he was a teenager, there were cops living in the neighborhood–and THEY always had the best parties & the BEST pot…. … …they speak with forked tongue!

    14. Anonymous says:

      Being a Mother of 2 and an Officer of a PRISON, I will tell you I would much rather deal with a pot smoker/cannabis user than ANY OTHER DRUG or ALCOHOL. Pot smokers are laid back easy to deal with while the others are more violent, unruly, disruptive.
      The powers to be (meaning the president) need to just get on with it and make it legal and be done.

    15. Dan Tracy says:

      Bad laws make criminals of good people.

    16. tracy says:

      i am very curious as to the sexual crimes which will arise from the common practice of polices for
      drug testing which requires forced participation in a sexual fetish While even porno does not commonly produce movies which display people engaged in an activity which centers around the humiliation of one participant I imagine the use of a non consensual person would be as bad as the sexual predation of children ITs a sign that government no longer sees our bodies as our own ,and they do not want it to happen to us UNLESS IT IS THEM DOING IT

    17. Bob says:

      OK folks its time to make a stand.

      The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. If ya have some money to spare – contribute to Normal or a like organization and/or email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:

      To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

      Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010 and each year the number increases. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

      I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and endorse responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.

      Signed

      Voting Citizen
      & Member of the Movement

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