VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance and IJJRA held a rally nearby Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side house on May 25th to demand an end to illegal marijuana arrests, which have led to staggering racial disparities and significant financial cost to the City. We were joined by City Council Members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams.
“The mayor wants to leave a legacy as someone who promoted greater freedoms in this City, but his record around marijuana arrests tells a different story,” said Robert Tolbert, a VOCAL-NY leader and Board member. “Rather than subject our youth to criminal records that can close doors on their future, Mayor Bloomberg should be investing in building up and stabilizing our communities. Instead, he is engaging in wasteful spending on these arrests while programs that I and others in my community rely on are being cut.”