Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Friday, February 06, 2009

DPA - You Can Make A Difference

This is the letter I got from the Drug Policy Alliance and I wanted to pass it on to anyone else who may have contacted the White House. I wanted to call and find out what the access was like. It was actually a pleasant experience. The White House operator sent me to the Comments line and a real human being spoke to me and affirmed that she would let The President know about my concerns.

Dear Pamela,

You took action, and President Obama responded.

Well done! The White House received thousands of your faxes and phone calls, and almost immediately took a stand in support of medical marijuana states, upholding President Obama's campaign promises to end the federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.

We joined you in urging this administration to end these wasteful, harmful raids, and coordinated efforts with our allies in Congress to keep the pressure on.

Thanks to your efforts, the Obama administration responded:

"The President believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind."

An incredible victory. But the fight's not over yet. Here are a few things we'll continue to work on in the coming season to ensure that medical marijuana patients everywhere are protected:

  • Urge President Obama to nominate a drug czar who will stay out of your house and medicine cabinet.
  • Keep working in New Mexico, as the state becomes the first to license nonprofit organizations to grow medical marijuana.
  • Continue supporting medical marijuana legislation in states like New Jersey, where our bill will hopefully be voted on by the full Senate soon.

By working together, we can accomplish anything. Great job!

Thanks again,