It’s a Sad, Sad Day

…when the most liberal member of the Supreme Court upholds racism and classism to side with John Ashcroft.

We’re gonna beat up on cancer patients to make sure that black people remember their place in our society–behind bars. And there’s no national-level liberal I can think of who’s against it, with the exception of Eric Schlosser.

If you actually care about the inner city and want to stop imprisoning an entire generation of minorities, there is something you can do.

Write your congresscritter and senator in support of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher and the Truth in Trials Act bills.

For the record, in case you need the qualification, I don’t do illegal drugs nor do I advocate that you should start. I also don’t advocate that you should become an alcoholic or get addicted to tobacco. But I don’t want to put you in jail for any of those activities if done in your own home or apartment and you don’t try to drive or perform surgery while doing so.

Radley Balko sums up why I’m even bothering:

I’m pretty cynical about grassroots efforts to effect change. But what the hell? We don’t really have any other choice at this point. And if blogs can motivate the move to get Trent Lott to resign, CBS News staffers fired, and a CNN producer canned, why couldn’t we devote as much keyboard-pounding, verbiage, and drumbeat-generating toward getting Congress to put an end to federal agents pointing assault weapons at cancer patients?