If we’re tired of arguing over pieces of cloth, how about we do
something about one of the main tools of racist oppression in the
U.S.? Legalize drugs, thus stopping paying for 75% of the U.S.
prison population, which is far more black than white, and is often
rented out for literally pennies.
Remember, slavery is not illegal
in the U.S., as long as it is punishment for some crime. Second clause, 13th Amendment:
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted
Birds nested using radioactive mud from WW II-era nuclear bomb production plant,
stopping attempts to clean up some of the worst leaking atomic waste,
much of which is liquid in leaking tanks near the Columbia River.
We have nuclear plants leaking radioactive tritium next to the Chattahoochee
and Altamaha Rivers, and radiation is detectible in the Savannah River
near Plant Vogtle.
How many radioactive solar panels or windmills have you heard of?
Work stopped Wednesday morning at parts of the Hanford vitrification
plant after radioactive contamination was detected under a bird’s
nest, according to Bechtel National.
The contamination is suspected of coming from mud used for the nest,
which may have belonged to a swallow, said Bechtel spokesman Todd
Nelson. Only a small amount of contaminated soil was found, and the
contamination was at a low level.
The measure would have removed limits on number of charter schools,
their funding, and enrollment. Other changes would have been made in
laws that governed charter schools, including requiring approval of
qualified applications for charter schools to be in districts where
there was low student performance.
Portugal, which has successfully decriminalized drugs,
is similar in scale to a mid-sized U.S. state.
Somewhat bigger than
Washington state, which just almost got marijuana decriminalization
on a ballot, and of whose voters almost a majority support it.
With a little more work, people against prohibition could get
Washington to be the first state to end marijuana prohibition.
Too bad they’re not going for
all drugs, like Portugal did,
but marijuana offences account probably for the most drug-related lockups,
so that’s a good place to start.
Still, the problem won’t be solved until the drug cartels
and the prison-industrial-complex are deprived of their drug-related income
by legalizing the rest, and taxing them so states derive income from them.
Meanwhile we could refuse to participate by declining a private prison in Lowndes County, Georgia, and spending that tax money on rehabilitation and education instead.
A new Elway poll released today found that most Washington voters
supported or were inclined to support legalizing marijuana. However,
the level of majority support was within the the poll’s margin of error.
Thirty percent of those polled said they “definitely supported” legalizing
marijuana, while 24 percent said they were “inclined to support,
but needed to know more.”
Thirty-two percent of the voters were “definitely opposed” to legal pot,
and 11 percent were “inclined to oppose, but could be convinced”
otherwise, the poll found.