The campaign to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws is mobilizing for a May 8th protest in Albany, marking the 27th anniversary of the enactment of these unjust laws. Please visit http://www.kunstler.org/wmknewsletter.html on the web site of the Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice for information on the 5/8 protest and how you can be a part of it, or call the Kunstler vigil hotline at (212) 539-8441.
Whether you live in New York state or not, please visit http://www.drcnet.org/states/newyork/, a partnership of DRCNet and ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy (http://www.reconsider.org). Use the site to e-mail or fax your legislators if you haven't already -- besides directing needed correspondence to lawmakers, DRCNet will also get your legislative district and be able to contact you if special support is needed in your part of the state. If you don't live in New York, please use the site's tell-a-friend form to let people you know there about this important issue.
An important public hearing on the "Effects of Incarceration on Families of Inmates" will be held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, Assembly Standing Committee on Correction and Assembly Standing Committee on Codes, May 4th at John Jay College in New York City. Point your browser to http://www.drcnet.org/wol/nymay4hearings.doc to find out more, or call Judi L. West at (518) 455-4371 to find out how to sign up to make a presentation. Contact Terri Derikart of the New York chapter of Families Against Mandatory Minimums ([email protected]) to get involved in this and other justice reform efforts in New York state.