United together, we have the power to stop social injustice

The war on drugs touches virtually every aspect our society, and it affects different communities in different ways. Through our alliances with youth organizations, communities of color, prisoner rights advocates, local homeless coalitions, addiction recovery groups, and women's organizations, we highlight both how disparate drug policy issues, such as ending marijuana prohibition and promoting harm reduction practices, are intertwined in a common struggle to end the war on drugs, as well as how ending the drug war is critical to achieving the goals of other important social justice causes. By partnering with organizations and community leaders, Protect Families First is unifying a movement of advocates that sees reforming our failed drug laws as a critical and central part of the larger struggle for human rights, freedom, and racial justice. 

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Race and the drug war

In the United States, 1 in 15 black children has at least one parent in prison. Young black men are incarcerated at 9 times the rate of young white men. This crisis of hyper-incarceration — driven mostly by increased enforcement of our drug prohibition laws — is decimating communities of color around the country. That's why academics and social justice advocates have called the war on drugs the "New Jim Crow."

Women and the drug war

Women are the fastest growing prison population in the United States. Two-thirds of women in federal prisons are there for nonviolent drug offenses. More than three quarters of all women in prison are mothers, many of them sole caregivers of young children. In addition, mothers are the most stigmatized group of drug users and face especially harsh punishments.

Young people and the drug war

Though the war on drugs has traditionally been fought in the name of protecting youth, young people represent some of the drug war's most vulnerable victims. College students convicted of a nonviolent drug offense can lose access to federal student loans. Tens of thousands of children in Latin America have displaced from their homes as a result of drug war violence. Nearly 2 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison. 

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