Connecting the dots
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Dear Editor,

There were four articles printed in the December 1st issue that all affect one another due to how the laws of America have been altered to dishonestly target black and brown Americans.

They were “State funding to aid recent prison release,” “Dope with dope,” “Report shows violence on the rise in city’s jails,” and “HSS could be the answer for homeless crisis.”

Let's look at the underlying factor in all of these articles. The war on drugs has put a large amount of people in jail, and when this happens they lose many things to assist their climb out of poverty.

I’ve been in college, I remember attending parties where some illegal things happened, and cops broke it up without ever ticketing or arresting someone. How many black people are incarcerated for small drug charges?

Did you know, one can potentially do jail time and be considered a felon for having a joint on you? Once you have jail time, you are considered a felon and will need to “check the box” on all job and college applications.

A felon loses the ability to apply for grants for college, loses food stamps, is not allowed into government housing and loses the right to vote. Plus, there are many fees put on people who have been in jail, when they are the most vulnerable financially.

So let us not call a person caught with dope a dope, unless the whole picture is painted to see if they are a dope or only able to find one kind of job because of a system that is against them.

Let us go to work on the deeper issue of assisting the homeless and reducing violence in the jail system by changing laws and abiding by the Fourth Amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, housing, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by: oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the person or things to be seized.”

Sincerely,

Many Blessings,

Suzanne Scholten

Owners

BambooMoves Yoga Studio

Forest Hills

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