C.A. NAACP Chief Criticized for Backing Pot Prop.
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C.A. NAACP Chief Criticized for Backing Pot Prop.
Posted by CN Staff on July 08, 2010 at 05:08:51 PT
By Brooke Donald, Associated Press
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
San Jose -- The president of the NAACP's California chapter said Wednesday she will not falter in her support of an initiative to legalize marijuana despite criticism from some religious leaders who have called on her to resign her post at the civil rights organization. Alice Huffman said she would not step down and reasserted her position that Proposition 19 would be a good first step in reforming marijuana laws.
"The issue of Prop. 19 is not about me," Huffman said in a conference call with reporters. "Prop. 19 is about eliminating enforcement practices that are targeting and creating a permanent underclass ... of African-Americans." She cited statistics she said showed the arrest rate among blacks for low-level marijuana crimes far exceed those of whites in the state's largest counties. Huffman's remarks came in response to criticism from Sacramento preacher Ron Allen and members of his International Faith-Based Coalition who oppose the proposition. The November ballot initiative would let adults possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Residents could legally grow small marijuana gardens, and individual cities and counties would decide whether to allow marijuana sales. Earlier Wednesday, Allen held a news conference at the state Capitol calling on Huffman to resign and blasting the state chapter for endorsing the initiative. Allen says the NAACP's support of Prop. 19 disregards the harm illicit drugs cause to the black community. He also accused Huffman of backing the initiative because of alleged financial ties to the marijuana lobby. Allen said in a July 1 news release that Huffman was "bought and paid for by the highest bidder," billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who has bankrolled medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization measures across the country. Huffman denied the accusation but said she would not turn down Soros' money if offered. "I would not reject his money because I think he puts his money into progressive causes," she said. "We do not have one penny of Soros' money in this endeavor. I saw that charge before, and I think it's a ludicrous charge." Huffman said the national NAACP has accepted contributions from Soros but the money was not for drug policy work. Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: Brooke Donald, Associated PressPublished: July 8, 2010Copyright: 2010 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comURL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 09, 2010 at 05:35:35 PT
Related Article From The LA Times
African American Groups Seek Ouster of California NAACP Head for Stance on Legalized MarijuanaJuly 8, 2010URL:,0,2938864.story
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on July 08, 2010 at 12:35:01 PT
I agree, what a heroic woman!  I can totally see why this pushed Zandor's buttons! The NAACP is treading on the black clergy's turf and they don't like it! The black clergy rely on the scapegoating and demonization of drug users to recruit their church subjects.Here in Massachusetts, as in most of the US, blacks are arrested at 2 1/2 times the rate of whites for marijuana, and convicted and jailed at much higher rates as well. But that didn't stop most of Boston's black clergy from raging against our decrim initiative.I guess we'll have to be satisfied that it won with 71% of the vote in Boston. I guess their little scapegoating/exploitation racket doesn't fool everyone!And as we can see from polling in CA, it's not fooling any african-americans there either!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 08, 2010 at 09:41:18 PT
Alice Huffman
A mighty good woman!I love and admire her. Very much.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 08, 2010 at 08:16:33 PT
About George Soros
Soros is not a swear word and yet they make it sound like it is!
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Comment #2 posted by Zandor on July 08, 2010 at 08:07:44 PT
International Faith-Based Coalition is Pure EVIL!
Like the Christians care about "Civil Rights"...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!Christians only care about Civil Rights for White Christians. To the Christians Gays & Lesbians are third class citizens and should not be allowed to walk the same earth as them!!The Christians say "IF GAY'S & LESBIANS ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY, LIFE ON THIS PLANET WILL CEASE TO EXIST" AND YOU CALL THAT CIVIL???The "Good Christians" HATE pot smokers just as much as they HATE Gay's & Lesbians. Don't be fooled by their pretend actions of's only a trick!Many of the Christian Faith do use Medical Marijuana and they do support our fight. Problem is there are not enough of the "Real Christians" to drown out the "EVIL" from the Conservative Christian Right. THERE OUR REAL ENEMY IN THIS FIGHT AND MANY OTHER FIGHTS YET TO COME!!! The war is NOT OVER and now is NOT the time to slow down. Watch each others backs and DON'T TRUST THE CHRISTIANS (you can't tell the good ones from the evil ones)International Faith-Based Coalition is one of the EVIL GROUPS FIGHTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN EVERY COUNTY AND CITY OF CALIFORNIA!!THIS IS PURE EVIL, HATE GROUP THAT IS HELL BENT ON DESTROYING AMERICA AND CALIFORNIA. THEY PLAN A FUTURE THAT HAS NO GAY'S, NO LESBIANS & NO POT SMOKERS LIVING IN CALIFORNIA...ONLY THEIR VERSION OF A "GOOD CHRISTIAN" ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THEIR VISION!
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on July 08, 2010 at 07:32:05 PT
So what if Soros contributes money to cannabis legalization efforts.I want the list of high profile individuals, organizations and corporations that financially oppose the voter referendum. Put them in the spotlight.
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