Stop the Drug War Rally June 17 At The Hawai`i State Capitol Rotunda

THE DRUG WAR RALLY & SIGN WAVING

Drug War Rally & Sign Waving: Friday, June 17, 2011 Hawai`i Capitol Rotunda 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Click image to enlarge.)

June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon, citing drug abuse as “public enemy No. 1”, officially declared a “war on drugs.” A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs remains an abject failure.

Drug policy reform advocates all across the country will mark this auspicious date with a day of action to raise awareness about the failure of drug prohibition and call for an exit strategy to the failed war on drugs. There will also be advocates from Altus Treatment Center on hand. Let’s make Hawaii’s event one of the biggest.

We’re asking everyone who harbors reservations about the war on drugs — to join us at the rally. (Click here to download a PDF flyer for the event.)

Hawaii has been a willing partner in the drug war. Our jails and prisons, filled with nonviolent drug lawbreakers, are testament to that sad fact. Which has done more harm – drugs or the drug war, which has tattered the social fabric of Hawai`i and helped decimate the safety net for our most vulnerable community members?

We really want to have a BIG turnout for the rally and sign waving. Isn’t it worth 2 hours of your time to question the government about the HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS going to fund the LARGEST UNEVALUATED government program ever?

We will have extra signs, but we encourage everyone to bring signs.

STOP THE DRUG WAR RALLY & SIGNWAVING
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011
Hawaii State CAPITOL ROTUNDA
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Jeanne Y. Ohta is the Executive Director of Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

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  • Dwight Kondo

    Text of speech for Stop the Drug War Rally June 17 at the Hawai’i State Capitol Rotunda -from Tiger! Repose Paradise Park –TRIPP

    (Editor’s Note: TRIPP was waylaid by a poisoned character assassination arrow(s) to his back earlier this month shot by a ‘splittist’, slanderous poser. Though recovering thoughtfully, TRIPP contacted lightonhawaii.com news staff with this text for his speech realizing that part of this malicious attack was in fact intended to prevent its delivery in Honolulu.)

    SEE THE AMERICAN DRUG WAR FOR WHAT IT IS

    The American Drug War is open Class Warfare between the institutionally powerful and the rest of us. One has to look no further than the results to see that this government operated, domestic and international terrorist program, has no other purpose than to control the people so as to extract the most obedience and profit from us.

    Often couched in the noblest of sounding concepts like; “We don’t want to send the wrong message to the children!” the American Drug War is not intended to protect us. In fact, it is a known fact by those gathered here, that the Prohibition of Cannabis in particular and the American Drug War in general does just the opposite.

    The first example that comes to mind is the violent underworld and ruthless violence it automatically creates. The drug gangs and their territorial wars are more dangerous than any one drug that is banned. No! It is more dangerous than all the banned drugs combined. Yet a spiral of ever increasing violence is recharged with every new bust.

    Pahoa High School students were reporting this fact 17 or 18 years ago in their essays to teachers who knew too well that what their students argued was true. I can hardly think of a single person, except a cop or politician and even many of them too, that didn’t know that this 40 year war was worse than all the drugs it was supposed to suppress.

    In every single instance we can see that the American Drug War has exacerbated every condition it was supposed to improve and yet till this very moment, some think it is a policy that can be reasoned with or maybe lobbied against.

    Well, the courts are wrong, the cops are bought and the politicians they all lie. As for the rest of us, too long have we been unwilling to see it for what it is. It is naked, treasonous Class warfare.

    We must judge the war and its policy makers on the outcomes and not their stated goals. This horrible scenario of violence, corruption, hypocrisy, loss of freedoms and medical interference, is the outcome that was originally planned for. We must stop believing that this is a mistake. We are mistaken to ever think again that this monstrosity was conceived naively.

    To come here and protest the American Drug War as a misguided policy, maintained and expanded by good men, politicians and bureaucrats suffering only failing logic, is to only fool ourselves.

    The American Drug War is like a barbwire fence impounding a herd of cattle: The cattle may choose to believe that the fence is there to protect them from the wolves -though it won’t. The cattle cannot realize that their main predator, the installer of the barbed wire fence, did this so he may slaughter and eat all of them himself.

    Completing that metaphor; the cattle are strong and numerous enough to stampede over that barbed wire fence if so inclined and more would survive longer, dealing with the wolves themselves than those impounded will survive the butcher’s knife.

    In reality, it is only the incorrect and limited perspective of those corralled that permits their continued capture and incarceration.

    What we must learn now and with everything that we are facing in this American society, is that we must get rid of our delusions of what oppresses us. There are no fine words that we can lay end-to-end, rhythmic and poetic that can change the politician, policeman or judge’s mind. There are no religious leaders that can save us with their false piety guising their quest for notoriety and even coin. There is no lawyer, so gifted in letters of the code and its logic that can lift this tragic conflagration.

    We cheat ourselves of our own solutions if we believe and follow these notions. Many will come, politicians, policemen and priests, coveting your faith claiming that ‘they’ can save and protect us. Historically, it is always these three that sell the People out. All them and those God Damn lawyers!

    In this great and historic time, it is high time that we learn, that there can be no salvation for all the people except for US, TO SAVE OURSELVES!

    Conferences. Blogs. Education and then Mass Action.

    There can be no other way to win back or maintain our freedom. We must do it the hard and meaningful way.

    All of that and the restoration of the sovereignty of The Hawaiian Kingdom!
    IMUA!!

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  • Activist

    Tell your Congressional Representatives –
    It is time to “Change the Schedule of Cannabis, Cannabis Laws, and Drug Czar Laws”
    Read and Sign the petition at
    http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-schedule-of-cannabis-cannabis-laws-and-drug-czar-laws

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  • The War on Drugs failed Billions of dollars ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and check out my pro-cannabis art at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html

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  • malcolm kyle

    If you are a Prohibitionist then you owe us answers to the following questions:

    #1. Why do you rejoice at the fact that we have all been stripped of our 4th amendment rights and are now totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?

    #2. Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing drugs which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself use and approve of such as alcohol and tobacco?

    #3. Do you honestly expect the rest of us to look on passively while you waste another trillion dollars on this garbage policy?

    #4. Why are your waging war on your own family, friends and neighbors?

    #5. Why are you so complacent with the fact that our once ‘free & proud’ nation now has the largest percentage of it’s citizenry incarcerated than any other on the entire planet?

    #6. Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing hospitals, schools and libraries?

    #7. Why do you rejoice at wasting precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free, while additionally, many cases involving murder and rape do not even get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy?

    #8. Why are you such a supporter of the ‘prison industrial complex’ to the extent of endangering our own children?

    #9. Will you graciously applaud, when due to your own incipient and authoritarian approach, even your own child is caged and raped?

    * It is estimated that there are over 300,000 instances of prison rape a year.
* 196,000 are estimated to happen to men in prison.
* 123,000 are estimated to happen to men in county jail.
* 40,000 are estimated to be committed against boys in either adult prisons or while in juvenile facilities or lock ups.
* 5000 women are estimated to be raped in prison.

    #10. And will you also applaud when your own child, due to an unnecessary and counter productive felony conviction, can no longer find employment?

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  • Thomas

    I support this completely and thank all those that are organizing the rally. Everyone should make every effort to attend this event. Its way past time to end these destructive policies that have created the drug cartels and criminalized millions of Americans. Drugs are a health issue not a criminal one. Current policy manufactures criminals and crime. We have one of the worst drug problems in the world, that is a direct result of current policy that has been in place for decades.

    The interesting part of all this is those that support these policies that have led us to the nightmare that is drug policy, refuse to accept any responsibility for the results of their policy. They will blame any one and every one but them self. Its their policy, and that makes them responsible for the results in my book.

    Current policy has not only failed but actually made things much worse. The cure has been worse than the problem. You do not have to like drug use to understand we must do better, we need a new policy.

    Its time to do something about this and move it back into the health care arena were substance abuse belongs. Places that have done this have much lower crime and drug abuse problems and do so at a fraction of the tax dollars wasted on current drug policy in this state, and this country.

    As an obvious example last year over 860,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana crimes, most possession. More money (billions) is spent every year on marijuana enforcement than any other drug. The social impacts and true economic cost are staggering as families are ripped apart not by marijuana but by the policy. Parents, children or even grandparents are being arrested, having their homes, cars, and other property seized, losing their jobs, and going to prison or being placed on probation. Those outcomes are very costly both socially and economically, and far more detrimental than marijuana use itself.

    Having a felony conviction often times cuts short education and employment opportunity and many times result in society supplementing or totally supporting people that could have gone on to much more productive lives.

    President Obama is an obvious example he has talked openly about regular drug use when he was growing up. Had he been busted and gone to prison instead of Punahou. He would not be president and could have instead been caught up as millions of other not so fortunate Americans are every year in a system that does more harm than good. That he wasn’t and went on to be not only very smart but a very productive member of society shows people many times do not belong in prison for using drugs.

    Education has reduced Tobacco use by roughly 50% over the last 20 years and people were not turned in to criminals to accomplish that. During that same time many millions of Americans have been arrested for using marijuana but marijuana use has not decreased at all instead it has risen, and millions of Americans are now criminals that never hurt anyone. That is divisive, breeds contempt for the system, and is extremely destructive. It has not worked in society’s best interest on the contrary it has torn families apart and destroyed millions of otherwise productive Americans.

    We all need to support those bringing this problem to the forefront because we could hardly do worse than we have and could certainly reduce the cost both economic and social with a more compassionate policy. It is going to happen anyway for the simple reason that current policy will simply never work, the urgency to change it now is because every life destroyed by current policy in the interim is a waste, our community will get no benefit from that. We know this policy doesn’t work and there is no excuse for continuing to destroy people and families when the facts are in and are clear for all to see.

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