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POLICY PLATFORM: END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE
END THE WAR ON DRUGS
The “War on Drugs” has been a primary driver of mass criminalization, incarceration, and law enforcement violence targeting Black people over the past five decades, devastating families, communities, and generations.
The “War on Drugs” has been a primary driver of mass criminalization, incarceration, and law enforcement violence targeting Black people over the past five decades, devastating families, communities, and generations. Prostitution enforcement has consistently served as a mechanism for profiling, pathologization, targeting, physical and sexual violence, criminalization, and structural exclusion for Black women, trans, and gender nonconforming people, and regulation of sexual and reproductive autonomy. Both the drug war and prostitution enforcement divert millions of dollars away from meeting the needs of people with substance dependence and people in the drug and sex trades, including non-coercive, accessible, and evidence-based treatment, housing, health care, education, and living wage employment.
Immediately and retroactively decriminalize drug and prostitution-related offenses and invest savings into programs and services identified by people in the drug and sex trades, and implement a full and comprehensive reparations package for people, families, and communities harmed by the drug war and criminalization of prostitution.
RETROACTIVE DECRIMINALIZATION, IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AND RECORD EXPUNGEMENT FOR ALL DRUG RELATED OFFENSES AND PROSTITUTION, REPARATIONS FOR THE DEVASTATING IMPACTS OF THE “WAR ON DRUGS” AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF PROSTITUTION, AND REINVESTMENT IN COMMUNITY-BASED TRANSFORMATIVE APPROACHES TO HARM, HEALTH SERVICES, HOUSING, JOB PROGRAMS, AND OTHER PROGRAMS BASED ON THE NEEDS IDENTIFIED BY INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY THE SEX AND DRUG TRADES.
KEY FEDERAL LEGISLATION
- The MORE Act, which would federally decriminalize marijuana and provide for expungement and investment in communities affected by the “War on Drugs.”
- The People’s Justice Guarantee, which would decriminalize drugs and prostitution-related offenses and invest in affected communities.
- The SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, which would mandate a study of the impact of legislation restricting use of online platforms on the health and safety of people in the sex trades.
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