Statement: State Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalty For Drug Possession

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Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is disappointed with the State Senate’s failure to pass common-sense drug reform on May 31, 2012. Senator Mark Leno’s historic bill to make felony drug possession a misdemeanor, co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, was an unprecedented opportunity for California Senators to save California $200 million per year and make our communities safer.

The demise of SB 1506 flies in the face of a recent poll finding that 70% of Californians support such a law. It is frustrating that state leaders lacked the courage to support this cost-saving reform while Californians continue to watch in horror as schools close and vital services end.
The Ella Baker Center will continue to champion solutions that not only keep us safe, but also rebuild our communities.
The award winning Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us can thrive.