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Moms, Cops And Students Plan Mothers Day Rally To End The Failed War On Drugs


no drug warMothers Groups, Who Played Key Role in Ending Alcohol Prohibition, Aspiring to Repeat Success 80 Years Later

Moms, Cops and Students From Around Country to Share Personal Experiences of Tragic Drug War and Unveil “Mom’s Bill of Rights”

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 campaign comprised of national organizations representing mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous drug war. Moms, cops and students will share powerful stories of losing loved ones to drug prohibition-related violence, incarceration, overdose and addiction, unveil the “Mom’s Bill of Rights,” and highlight a series of activities around the country timed to Mother’s Day.

“The war on drugs is really a war on families,” said Gretchen Burns Bergman, of Moms United to End the War on Drugs Campaign. “It is time to end the stigmatization and criminalization of people who use drugs and move from arrest and mass incarceration to therapeutic, health-oriented strategies. Moms were the driving force in repealing alcohol prohibition and now Moms will play a similar role in ending the war on drugs.”

Leaders of the campaign who will be speaking at the press conference include Gretchen Burns Bergman (San Diego, CA), the mother of two sons who have both struggled with heroin addiction and repeated incarceration and founder of A New PATH; Denise Cullen (Palm Desert, CA), a social worker specializing in grief counseling, whose son died from an overdose two years ago; Kathie Kane-Willis (Chicago, IL), a researcher and professor, former heroin addict, mother of a 13-year-old daughter, and founder of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University; Joyce Rivera (New York, NY) who founded St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction and is the sister of an injection drug user who died of HIV/AIDS; Joy Strickland (Dallas, Texas), CEO of Mothers Against Teen Violence, whose son was killed by drug prohibition-related violence; Neill Franklin (Baltimore, MD), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and former Maryland narcotics cop who has seen fellow police officers lose their lives because of the drug war; and Nina Graves (Delaware), a mother and former assistant chief of police.

What: Mother’s Day press conference announcing partnership between moms, cops and students to end war on drugs. The Moms United Bill of Rights will be unveiled.

When: May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Where: National Press Club, Murrow Room — 529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Who: Moms, cops and students who have been impacted by the war on drugs

Moms United to End the War on Drugs

Press release from The Drug Policy Alliance


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  1. Wish I could be there too.  It is ironic that a “controlled substance” is more easily obtainable by a minor than tobacco or alcohol.  The so called drug war has done nothing except create & enrich a far more dangerous criminal underground.  One of the major drug lords has been listed by Forbes as one of the top 10 billionaires.  We have spent trillions  of $$$ on this travesty & we are trillions of $$$ in debt !  No Knock Raids are a result of this, our rights are being stripped away in order to protect us, they say.  The drug war has caused innocent people their lives & hasn’t done a thing to stop drugs.  Legalize, tax, regulate & educate !!!  Look at Portugal’s drug policy. 


    If they really cared for the children they’d legalize and regulate
    marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands
    of “The Children” they first must take control of distribution away from
    black market dealers. They haven’t
    accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of
    billions. It’s time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old
    daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old
    can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be
    money or “something else”.
    Prohibitionists, your path to hell may be paved with good intentions, but hell is the final destination, none the less.
    FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it.
    LEAP member, NYPD, ret.

  3. FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone
    enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it, which is zero.
    LEAP member, NYPD, ret.

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