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Winning Issue » WAR ON DRUGS


America’s War on Drugs was first declared in 1971 by President Nixon in response to the high rates of heroin addiction among soldiers returning from Viet Nam. It is estimated that the total cost of this war, including the investigation, prosecution and incarceration of drug users and dealers is at least $50 billion each year, or about a trillion dollars since Nixon’s declaration. Critics claim all this money has not changed our addiction rate but it has given us the world’s highest rate of incarceration. In 2010, more than half of all federal prisoners were in jail for drug offenses. Advocates claim this punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. African-Americans make up nearly 50% of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes, even though the rates of drug usage in black and white populations are about equal. Critics claim the unjust rates of incarceration among blacks, Hispanics and the poor show why this war we have been fighting for decades should itself be considered illegal. They say that since incarceration does little to cure addiction, we need to address this problem as a health issue, not a criminal one. They say the toll that incarceration exacts on these mostly non-violent offenders, as well as the financial costs to society, are counterproductive to solving our drug addiction problem. It is estimated that nearly one third of all black men are ineligible to vote because of felony convictions for non-violent drug-related offenses. Critics further claim the social costs of police militarization are great. Our federal government subsidizes the efforts of most police departments to fight the war on drugs. They provide substantial, if not massive amounts of money, equipment and training to local police departments – in essence rewarding police for drug busts. In the early 1980s, our nation’s police departments had a total of 3,000 SWAT teams. There are now more than 51,000. Drug War critics say our nation’s police departments now regard SWAT teams as money-makers rather than costly budget-breakers as they did before. Much of the time, SWAT teams are used for drug busts against non-violent consensual offenders. Critics claim the mind-set of a peace officer needs to be much different than that of a soldier but our War on Drugs is blurring this distinction.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current War on Drugs policy and wish to defeat H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support declaring that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility, and wish to pass H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI) will, or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support officially ending the 44-year campaign to prosecute and incarcerate illicit drug offenders, and wish to identify a legislator who will sponsor a bill to end the War on Drugs, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. John Conyers (MI) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support declaring that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility, and wish to pass H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI) will, or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. John Conyers (MI) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.1459 - Democracy Restoration Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. John Conyers, MI
Status: House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Rep. Robert Goodlatte, VA

If elected as a trustee, Progressive Democrats of America will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for the right to vote for individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense.

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) states that it was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. It seeks to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. As a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice, PDA states that it played a key role in the stunning electoral victories of November 2006 and 2008. Its inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles. PDA advocates for restoring voting rights in federal elections to nearly four million Americans who are out of prison and living in the community; ensuring that people on probation never lose their right to vote in federal elections; and notifying people about their right to vote in federal elections when they are leaving prison, sentenced to probation, or convicted of a misdemeanor.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020