One of the things that people always miss when we talk about the drug war is who have they declared the enemy? And it’s us. And we must at least fight back. So many people are missing from our communities because of the war on drugs. So many mothers, so many fathers, so many sisters and so many brothers. There’s a generation of children who never got the schooling, who never got the training, who are starting to be arrested by the age of eight, who are never considered as anything —anything, anything —but fodder for prison. You get there chained and your hands are shackled and your feet are shackled, you’re walking through the gate and you get inside the prison doors, first thing —BOOM! —door —BAM! —slam. Your name then becomes 849481. That’s the first day. As a part of our mission to end mass incarceration, DPA has led the charge on sentencing reform for 25 years. Tens of thousands of people have been released from prison as a result. I think we’ve done a really good job in this country and internationally of making drug users seem like hateful horrible people, when they’re actually not. People inject drugs and we want to keep them safe and we want to bring them back into the fold as productive community members. We’re trying to keep people from dying. More people dying today from an overdose than from an auto accident or a gun incident. Well fortunately there’s a drug naloxone that’s basically a miracle drug. And we need to make that more readily available so that anybody who witnesses a drug overdose can instantly administer that and save that person’s life. Even in Alabama, you could go to jail right now, go to prison for possession of marijuana, and if you have any previous felonies, you could get a life sentence … for marijuana! What I’m hoping for is that a generation from now, people look back on the marijuana wars of the late 20th century the same way that today we look back on alcohol prohibition and basically say – what the hell was that all about? Thanks to DPA 200 million Americans can now access marijuana for medical purposes, and 60 million Americans can access it for adult-use. Now obviously you don’t just snap your fingers and end the war on drugs, this is about a movement. It means a drug policy grounded not in ignorance and fear and prejudice and profit, but rather a drug policy grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Most of us have grown up living with a very certain sense of terror and of being targeted. Not all of us have lived that way, but for those of us like me who have buried their children, for those of us like me who had family members deported, we have never had an extraordinary sense of safety, living in America. My appeal to you is care about this. Make this a higher priority in your life. Because the only way this thing is really going to end is if people like you and a lot of others decide this thing has got to end. We need a new way.