Alert: Drop the Rock (New York State) 3/23/01

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Enacted in 1973 when Nelson Rockefeller was governor, the Rockefeller Drug Laws impose cruel and unusual punishment -- extraordinarily lengthy prison terms -- on nonviolent drug offenders for possession or sale of small amounts of drugs. These laws remove sentencing discretion from judges, and cost New York taxpayers more than $710 million per year, and the enforcement of them is racially biased.

Governor George Pataki has talked about reforming these laws, but his proposal would enact only modest sentencing reductions for some drug offenses and would actually increase penalties for marijuana offenses!

Please take part in "Drop The Rock," a day of education and action at the State Capitol in Albany, Tuesday, March 27th, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Inexpensive bus caravans will leave from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Call (212) 254-5700 ext. 306 or visit for further information.

Whether you can make it to Drop The Rock or not, if you are from New York please visit to write your state legislators: Urge them to reject Gov. Pataki's Orwellian non-reform and insist that the Rockefeller Drug Laws be repealed outright.

New Yorks also please visit and to find out who your legislators are and how to reach them by phone or in person. A personal contact makes more impact than an e-mail or fax.

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