Your Rights = Our Priority

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Bottom line up front: 

Together, we can work to end unreasonably harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equitable society.

The problem:

  • June 2017 marked the 46th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost Americans almost a trillion dollars, has produced almost no effect on the supply of, or demand for, drugs in the U.S., and has contributed to making our country the world's largest incarcerator. Prohibition is an expensive law that is unjustly enforced. Each day that passes without the legalization of marijuana in Georgia, we lose job opportunities and send consumer money to illicit trades.
  • Nearly half the 184 Georgians shot and killed by police since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back The only reason we have that number is because of in-depth reporting by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police shootings have never been systematically tracked by state or federal agencies.
  • Police in Georgia can confiscate property without a conviction under a policy known as "civil asset forfeiture". The process violates people’s liberties and creates a profit motive to confiscate private property, often times without recourse. 

Our solution:

  • End the prohibition of cannabis in the state of Georgia. This will make Georgia the preeminent tourist location in the South, a much more attractive location for businesses, and return the right of Georgia's farmers to choose what they want to grow.
  • Reward those that do good. Select and promote members of Georgia's Law Enforcement community that demonstrate a fundamental understanding of citizens right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
  • End civil asset forfeiture.
  • Mandatory, systematic reporting for any law enforcement-citizen interaction that results in the use of force. Trigger automatic investigation of agencies or departments that use deadly force with time-based requirements for public disclosure of records.

 

For more information:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia

The Georgia NAACP

Georgia CARE Project

Peachtree NORML

OnePlant

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