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Rally to End the Rockefeller Drug Laws

On Wednesday, March 25th, there will be a rally to end the Rockefeller Drug Laws outside Governor Paterson’s office in New York City. The event description, as given by Drop the Rock, is as follows:


Rally to End the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 25 at 1:00pm
Governor Paterson’s NYC Office
633 3rd Ave. (3rd Ave. between 40th and 41st sts.)
Rockefeller Rally Flyer

In 2002, Senator David Paterson was arrested in an act of civil disobedience organized by the Drop the Rock Campaign promoting the sweeping overhaul of the Rockefeller Drug Laws outside of the New York City offices of then-Governor George Pataki. 

On Wednesday, March 25, hundreds of family members, formerly incarcerated persons, doctors, lawyers, and advocates will return to this site to urge him and legislative leaders to end the Rockefeller Drug Laws this year.  

The word from Albany is that lawmakers are getting closer to a final package, we need a strong showing in the streets now more than ever to remind the state’s leaders of the stakes of failing to end these laws once again.

Please join us as we say NO to over 35 years of injustice.

For more information contact Caitlin Dunklee or (212) 254-5700 ext. 339.

March 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Rockefeller Drug Laws Dealt a Blow

Today, the New York State Assembly approved a bill that represents an important step towards eventual repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. According to the New York Times, the bill ‘restore[s] judges’ discretion in many lower-level drug-possession crimes that are felonies by eliminating laws that require a prosecutor’s consent before judges can send certain felons to drug treatment instead of prison.’

While a complete overhaul of the Rockefeller laws still requires more work, this is an important step. New York Governor Paterson has already committed himself to overturning the laws.

To get involved in reform of these laws, sign the Drop the Rock petition. You can also print out copies of the petition for others to sign as well.

This reform has received praise from many organizations. In the words of gabriel sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, ‘The general theme is [that] states are making greater efforts to divert people into treatment programs, and they’re starting to use prison not as a first resort but a secondary or last resort’.

March 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

Don’t Let the Rockefeller Drug Laws Turn 36!

May 8th, 2008 was the 35th anniversary of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. In response, Drop the Rock has launched a petition to repeal these laws, and they are almost two-thirds of the way to acquiring enough signatures.

They still need several thousand more, so please take thirty seconds and sign the petition.

If you want, you can also print out a form and collect signatures from all your friends as well.

February 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment


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