Drug War: Bad news from Congress. Good news from Mexico.

Starting with Nixon and ever since, the bi-partisan “War on Drugs” has been a political scheme to attack “hippies” and people of color.  After the Nixon years it became a way to attack immigrants too.  It was designed to promote fear, escalate oppressive policing, and take away people’s civil rights.

Finally, some people — including fiscal conservatives who oppose the waste of money on an unworkable “big government” program — are calling for changes that reflect common sense.  The “harm reduction” strategies are a great step forward.

The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that purports to reduce overdoses from opioids, but this article explains how the Republican bill will put people in greater danger.  See https://www.alternet.org/drugs/overdose-prevention-bill-would-actually-promote-driving-people-out-treatment?src=newsletter1094168

Finally, after decades of corrupt and often conservative governments, the voters of Mexico elected a progressive person who wants to reform many aspects of that corrupt, violent, dysfunctional nation.  He wants to end Mexico’s “War on Drugs.  See https://www.alternet.org/drugs/mexico-new-president-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-ways-end-drug-wars?src=newsletter1094168



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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org