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Letter to Radio Host Todd Hartley re: Drug War
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Advocacy and Letters - Letters to Media, Academic and Commercial Orgs
Written by James Landrith   
Thursday, 16 December 1999

December 16, 1999
James Landrith
Letter to the Editor
Todd Hartley
An American Resolution Talk Radio Show

From: James Landrith
To: Todd Hartley
Subject: Re: are you for or against the legalization of drugs?
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 18:06:59 GMT

Dear Todd:

Legalize drugs! Drug use is a victimless "crime" and none of the government's business. The War on Drugs has become nothing more than an excuse for corrupt police and prosecutors to: seize property from the citizenry (without ever charging or convicting the citizen); to employ racist, racial profiling schemes that punish appearance and not action; and for U.S. Customs officials to commit sexual abuse (through invasive body cavity searches) of women, as recently exposed in Chicago at the O'Hare Airport.

For more information on ending the drug war, see:

http://www.lp.org/intro/wod.html

On a personal note, in 1976, my grandfather was murdered. One of the two murderers is already free, due to prison overcrowding. Seems that the State of Illinois needed more room for potsmokers.

Sincerely,

James A. Landrith, Jr.
Editor & Publisher,
The Multiracial Activist

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 October 2005 )
 
Legalization of drugs
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Civil Liberties: Drug Prohibition
Written by James Landrith   
Thursday, 16 December 1999

I recently sent the following response to a survey being conducted by Todd Hartley's An American Resolution radio show regarding legalization of drugs to air this Sunday as well as a live WebCast. This is another opportunity for the LP to get it's message across regarding The Drug War. The best response to the question gets the fourth spot on the show. My response and Todd's email to me are below for those interested. Those interested in responding can feel free to contact directly via his website, email address, or phone number which are below. It would be nice to have some LP representation on this one. I'm no expert on this issue, but I'm sure someone reading this is.

James Landrith

From: James Landrith
To: Todd Hartley
Subject: Re: are you for or against the legalization of drugs?
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 18:06:59 GMT

Dear Todd:

Legalize drugs! Drug use is a victimless "crime" and none of the government's business. The War on Drugs has become nothing more than an excuse for corrupt police and prosecutors to: seize property from the citizenry (without ever charging or convicting the citizen); to employ racist, racial profiling schemes that punish appearance and not action; and for U.S. Customs officials to commit sexual abuse (through invasive body cavity searches) of women, as recently exposed in Chicago at the O'Hare Airport.

For more information on ending the drug war, see:

http://www.lp.org/intro/wod.html

On a personal note, in 1976, my grandfather was murdered. One of the two murderers is already free, due to prison overcrowding. Seems that the State of Illinois needed more room for potsmokers.

Sincerely,

James A. Landrith, Jr.
Editor & Publisher,
The Multiracial Activist

----Original Message Follows----
From: Todd Hartley
To: James Landrith
Subject: are you for or against the legalization of drugs?
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 10:46:02 -0700

OK, I'm running an opinion poll amongst our friends ...

Are you for or against legalizing drugs? E-mail me back and I will announce the totals on my show this Sunday!

I heard from a friend at KTAR that they haven't been getting much response from audience members concerning An American Resolution. Sunday is my last try-out day and I really, really need your help. Together we know enough people and I could desperately use a phone call or two from you and your closest friends mentioning how much you enjoy the show and that you'd like to see An American Resolution become a part of KTAR's weekday line-up. (please us your own words)

Please leave a message on their answering machine suggestion line - (602) 234-6343

We've got a great show this Sunday! We're solving the War on Drugs. Guests Include:

--HighTimes Magazine Chief Editor - Steve Hager

--White House Chief of Press - Bob Wiener speaking for the Drug Czar Barry McCaffery

That's this Sunday on KTAR News Radio 620, from Noon - 2pm MST

Here's the Sunday live talk line - (602) 277-KTAR (5827)

Also I will be hosting Bill Straus' show this Friday afternoon from 1-4pm on KXAM 1310. And would love to hear from any of you.

Thank you so much for your help.

Todd Hartley
Your Resolutionary Host
An American Resolution Talk Radio Show
(480) 970-8342
 
Gas and Civilians
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Foreign Policy, Military and War
Written by James Landrith   
Wednesday, 08 December 1999

This all sounds very much like a dress rehearsal for a Y2K crackdown to me. The fact that it was a Seattle Police Department/Washington National Guard operation makes it appear even more so. Any old excuse will do when you're training. I spent six years in the USMC and can tell you that CS gas is bad stuff. I was exposed to it several times in training. Inhaling CS feels like you are suffocating while someone is rubbing salt into your eyes and nostils. According to the Geneva convention our government signed, it's illegal to use in war, yet we can use it all we want in our borders on our elderly, children and pregnant women. Some people have been known to stop breathing due to swelling of the esophagus, etc., which is why Navy Corpsman are always present when training is conducted in the Corps with CS. Another of many reasons I left active duty in 1995. I'll not willingly be part of any of this fascist garbage.

Yours in Struggle,

James A. Landrith, Jr.
Editor & Publisher,
The Multiracial Activist

 
Comment Letter to Federal Reserve re: Regulation B
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Written by James Landrith and Charles Byrd   
Wednesday, 10 November 1999

November 10, 1999
The Multiracial Activist and INTERRACIAL VOICE
Comment Letter to Federal Reserve
Regarding Changes to Regulation B



PO Box 8208
Alexandria, VA 22306-8208


P.O. Box 560185
College Point, NY 11356-0185


November 10, 1999

Ms. Jennifer J. Johnson
Secretary
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20551

re: Equal Credit Opportunity Act - 64 FR 44582 (August 16, 1999) Docket No. R-1008

Dear Ms. Johnson:

Speaking for The Multiracial Activist, an activist journal covering civil rights issues of interest to biracial/multiracial individuals, interracial couples/families and transracial adoptees and INTERRACIAL VOICE, the voice of conscience of the global mixed-race/interracial movement, we are happy to comment on the proposal issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to revise Regulation B, the implementing regulation for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).

This proposal, while obviously introduced with the best of intentions could not have come at a worse time. Our nation, with its tortured history of race relations, is currently in a state of dismantling the way we view race. Much of this change has been facilitated by the rising numbers of interracial marriages and the growing population of multiracial adults and children resulting from the United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia of 1967, which dismantled the final vestiges of Jim Crow in America.

Further, as has been published before in a policy statement by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), there is no scientific basis for the concept of race. According to the AAA, race is purely a sociological and cultural creation with no basis in science. This proposal, sadly, would only serve to further the myth of racial classifications which currently divide people along racial lines. If race doesn't exist, how do you continue to count it? This proposal, while well-intentioned would harm more than help our constituencies by furthering the concept of race as credible and necessary. As stated on the White House's One America website, the goal of the President's Initiative on Race, launched in 1997, was to strengthen our shared foundation as Americans so that we can live in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. The best way to do this is by abandoning the concept of racial categorization altogether.

The good that is believed to be accomplished through racial classification is far outweighed by its toll on our nation's communities. The constituencies we represent consist of people who already have a heightened awareness of the concept of race and how they are viewed by society in general. This proposal will only intensify that feeling of dread that occurs when they are confronted with invasive racial classification questions while filling out school, medical and other types of forms. We would personally be loath to honestly answer any question regarding race on any form related to financial services. The only color that should matter with regard to financial transactions is green. As our constituencies have rebelled against Census classifications, so shall it against these types of invasive classification questions.

The ECOA, as currently enacted makes it unlawful for creditors to discriminate against an applicant in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, age, and other specified bases. Adding race back into the process only heightens the possibility of discrimination. As more and more people move to the internet to conduct their financial transactions, racial discrimination in financial services should become even less of an issue. Electronic banking has considerably minimized the possibility of racial discrimination. If a financial institution's employees can't see you and you don't volunteer your race, color, religion or national origin, how can they discriminate against you based on those factors? The same argument applies to applications completed by mail, fax or over the phone. Each year, more and more people are using those routes rather than visiting their local bank, lessening the prospect of racial discrimination.

This proposal, which would eliminate the prohibition on the voluntary collection of racial information by financial institutions could also create some serious side effects. Specifically, the possibility of misuse of this voluntarily collected data is enormous. Lawsuits, filed by organizations falsely alleging racism with the sole purpose of creating big settlements for their members or clients are of considerable concern. These lawsuits could easily create serious racial tensions in communities already struggling to cope with the changing demographics resulting from the Loving vs. Virginia decision among other factors. The backlash from these lawsuits would be directed at those perceived to be responsible in those communities, which would include our constituencies, a most unsettling prospect.

We, as representatives of constituencies this proposal is designed to protect, urge you not to implement it. The drawbacks of this proposal far outweigh the benefits. Itís time to move on from the box-checking that has divided our nation for far too long.

We thank you for your consideration of our views on this proposal. Any questions may be directed to James Landrith at 760-875-8547 or Charles Byrd at 212-539-3872.

Respectfully yours,
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It's About The Children, Stupid!
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Multiracial Individuals and Interracial Families
Written by James Landrith   
Monday, 01 November 1999

It's About The Children, Stupid!

by James A. Landrith, Jr.
November 1, 1999
in The Multiracial Activist


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