Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-25
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Sessions' "war on drugs" is "war on people" says National LGBTQ Task Force
From a press release
2017-05-13

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Washington, DC, May 12, 2017—In a backward move and a major turnabout from the policies of Obama Administration Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest criminal penalties for those who have been charged with drug crimes. The move is being described by the National LGBTQ Task Force as a "futile and wasteful re-cycling of policy failures of the past."

"If you don't learn from mistakes you make you end up repeating them. In rekindling the so-called 'war on drugs' which was a total failure and deeply damaging, Sessions shows that he and his boss haven't learned the lessons of history. This is a futile and wasteful recycling of the policy failures of the past. We learned from the first 'war on drugs' the harmful effects these policies had on black and brown communities and for those living in areas with high poverty rates. The truth is when Trump says, 'tough on crime' it's coded language for policies driven by a racist, xenophobic, cruel, and profit-driven agenda that will be 'tough' on marginalized communities and people. When Sessions says, 'war on drugs' he means 'war on people'. As researchers and policy experts point out, policies like this do not lower crime rates. To the contrary, they devastate communities, increase the number of people who are locked away from their families; place vulnerable children and other dependents in jeopardy; and pad the pockets of investors of the private prison industry. We urge the public to contact the Justice Department and tell Sessions stop this war on people," said Stacey Long Simmons, Director of the Department of Advocacy and Action.

The National LGBTQ Task Force is a leader among LGBTQ advocates for criminal justice reform. The organization focuses on holding law enforcement entities accountable; improving conditions for LGBTQ people who are incarcerated; and working to increase services and supports for people who are returning to their communities after incarceration.

The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. For over forty years, the organization has been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. www.thetaskforce.org


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago Immigrant Rights Organizer Wins Deportation Fight 2018-04-25 - April 25, 2015 — After five years in court proceedings this afternoon immigration judge, Eva S. Saltzman, granted Lulà Martinez's petition to remain ...


Gay News

Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed 2018-04-25 - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human ...


Gay News

LGBTQ Young Adults Experience Homelessness at More Than Twice Rate of Non-LGBTQs 2018-04-25 - CHICAGO, IL — APRIL 25, 2018 Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer young adults are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness ...


Gay News

Chicago's i2i, Asian Pacific Islander Pride join amicus brief to Supreme Court 2018-04-25 - On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Donald Trump's third iteration of his anti-Muslim Travel Ban. ...


Gay News

Two Chicagoans make top LGBT lawyer list 2018-04-25 - Two Chicagoans have been named to the National LGBT Bar Association's 2018 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 list. Chirag Badlani is at partner ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT Another Black Harvard man arrested 2018-04-25 - I reside in Cambridge. And, the last time an unarmed Black Harvard man in Cambridge was arrested, it made the news. It was ...


Gay News

Howard Brown seeks symposium submissions 2018-04-25 - Howard Brown's Center for Education, Education, Research and Advocacy invites you to submit an abstract for the 2018 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium. ...


Gay News

Men Having Babies holds annual Chicago conference 2018-04-24 - On April 14-15, The Center on Halsted hosted Men Having Babies Midwest, a surrogacy seminar and parenting expo aimed at gay men who ...


Gay News

WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder 2018-04-24 - Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans troops, Adam Rippon, Asian groups, bar controversy 2018-04-24 - The top officers of the Navy and Marines said that they have no evidence that unit morale and cohesion has been negatively affected ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.