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City Wants Safe Injection Sites, But No Plans To Address Harm To Black Communities During Crack Era

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By: Solomon Jones

The key question at Friday’s forum on Safe Injection Sites was whether the City of Philadelphia was prepared to provide reparations for the harm done to black and brown communities during the crack era.

The answer, it seems, is no.

While the City of Philadelphia is anxious to cite research from Vancouver and Europe as proof that Safe Injection Sites save lives, city officials are less willing to look at a policy in San Francisco that will expunge thousands of drug-related criminal records now that California has legalized recreational marijuana.  

I asked Deputy Health Commissioner Roland Lamb–who was on the task force that recommended Safe Injection Sites–if the city had considered reviewing the cases of people of color who were jailed or lost property during the crack era.

Lamb said we should learn from the mistakes of the crack era and not repeat them. When I asked again about the disparity in treatment of mostly white heroin users as compared to mostly black crack users, Lamb said, “white lives matter, too.”

NY Attorney General Suit Details Culture Of ‘Harassment And Intimidation’ At #WeinsteinCo.

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Variety- The New York Attorney General’s office has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. and its founders stating the company constantly violated the state’s business regulations and human rights laws.

The 38-page complaint features a litany of abuses at the company by co-founder and former co-CEO Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by dozens of women since last fall.

The complaint also cites instances in which Weinstein Co. senior managers failed to respond to employee complaints about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. The complaint cites TWC’s “COO” but does not refer to David Glasser by name.

Trump To Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan 

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NPR- President Trump will finally be unveiling his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to repair and rebuild the nation’s crumbling highways, bridges, railroads, airports, seaports and water systems Monday. But, the proposal will not be one that offers large sums of federal funding to states for infrastructure needs, but it is instead a financing plan that shifts much of the funding burden onto the states and onto local governments.

Critics say that will lead to higher state and local taxes, and an increased reliance on user fees, such as tolls, water and sewer fees, transit fares and airline ticket taxes.

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