Rockerfeller Drug Laws Have Created Lockdown, USA (Video)
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Hip-Hopper Jim Jones marks the 34th anniversary of New Yorkâ€™s draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws with the release of his single "Lockdown, USA." Coordinated with the Drug Policy Alliance, let's hope that the demise of these cruel and racist laws is looming
According to the release for "Lockdown, USA":
The Jones single was created as a companion to the feature Lockdown, USA a documentary, co-directed by Rebecca Chaiklin and Michael Skolnik, set on the front lines of hip-hop impresario, Russell Simmonsâ€™s dramatic campaign to end the war on drugs and repeal New Yorkâ€™s Rockefeller Drug Laws. The film explores the human impact of these laws through the eyes of Wanda Best, whose husband was sentenced to 15-years-to-life as a first-time, nonviolent drug law offender. This inspirational film interweaves the story of the Best family with a behind-the-scenes look at Russell Simmonsâ€™s colorful, unorthodox mission to politicize the hip-hop community and bring an end to the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The film will be released later this year.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.