Rockerfeller Drug Law Vigils
1998 , the Kunstler Fund has been organizing vigils of family members and
supporters of those incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Participants
carry signs that display photographs and sentencing information of those
vigils are patterned after the Mothers of the Disappeared, the women
who marched weekly at the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to draw attention to
loved ones killed by military troops. In the past 3 years we have developed
a vast network of families affected by this Draconian 28-year-old legislation.
A number of inmates represented at our vigils have gone on to receive clemency
from Governor Pataki.
Both Pataki and the State Assembly released plans to amend the laws, and gubernatorial candidates McCall and Golisano have made Rockefeller law reform a campaign priority. Now that politicians have acknowledged the unflinching cruelty of the Rockefeller Laws and the Second Felony Offendernder Law, it is more important than ever for us to continue our work to put a human face on the real victims of the Drug War. The Kunstler Fund is proud to support the New York Mothers of the Disappeared, an organization of mothers and other family members fighting to put an end to this war on poor people and people of color.
than ten percent of the African-American community in this tiny town were
arrested in a drug sting conducted by a single undercover officer with
no corroborating evidence. Tulia, Texas, population 5,000, is the site
of the Kunster Fund's recent efforts to investigate the injustices of
the drug war as it is waged across the country. In Tulia, we believe the
investigation specifcally targeted the African-American population and
was therefore a civil rights violation.
the generous support of the Drug Policy
Alliance, the Kunstler Fund has produced a 26-minute documentary about
the Tulia drug sting. Narrated by Bernard Whitewith music by Ese and Broke
Toe Rezo, the video is a shocking look at the collateral consequences
of America's racist drug war. If you are interested
in receiving a copy, click here.