May, 2015 - Our America Initiative encourages Louisiana residents to advocate the following positions on bills either in person at the Legislature or via email to your state representative and senator. What you could do to communicate the message is hand to your politicians this one-pager, or copy it into an email to them. The hand-out divides bills based on taxes and regulations; over-criminalization; health and education; personal liberty; and open and limited government. Specifically, we are taking positions on proposed fines for littering or using wireless communications in certain situations; raising taxes on tobacco, gas or the Internet; decriminalizing marijuana including for medical purposes; lowering thresholds to allow juries for trials; requiring less sentencing restrictions; liberalizing raw food labeling and sales; restricting unconstitutional surveillance; limiting arrest powers for certain government bureaucracies; and opposing marriage discrimination. If you could share at Our America's Louisiana Facebook page if you participate, and mention whatever response you get from your lawmakers, that would help us determine next steps on bringing liberty to Louisiana. With your donation and input from our Advisory Councils, we could set up Lobby Days through more of our fifty state affiliates.
2014, October - Our America Initiative is a cosponsor of Judicial Reform Louisiana, a coalition of citizens and activist organizations for a justice system focusing on actual harm and redress of grievances, not the one imposed on us now that criminalizes and unfairly penalizes defendants accused of no harm nor involving victims. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, according to the ACLU - with 40,000 people in state prisons in 2012 and another 30,000 in city and parish jails, at a cost of $700 million. Less than 40% of those caged had situations involving any violence. Our state has a school-to-prison pipeline fed by a "stop and frisk" policy ignoring our rights to privacy and due process. Our America Initiative encourages its Louisiana supporters to email their state representative and senator seeking re-introduction of the following bills from the previous session to end our state's mass incarceration epidemic: replacing mandatory sentences with judges' discretion (HB745, Moreno and SB 396, Mills); reducing marijuana possession penalties (HB 14, Badon, HB 906, Woodruff and HB 130, Honore); and allowing medical marijuana access (HB 720, Mills). Our America Initiative has Advisory Councils on Civil Liberties, OverCriminalization and Drug Policy, and a national petition to end marijuana prohibition. With your donation we can expand judicial reform - and a rollback of the overcriminalization problem - through more of our fifty state affiliates.
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