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31 Mar, 4 tweets, 2 min read
JUST IN: Gov. Cuomo has signed into law the bill legalizing marijuana in New York. It had passed legislature yesterday.

NY is 16th state to pass a law or initiative to legalize.

NY will automatically expunge convictions, & bar police from stopping cars based on smelling weed.
Virginia is on track to be the 17th. (And New Mexico seems poised to be next.)
Here’s a rundown of the bill’s many provisions. Note: legalization of marijuana possession is immediate.
Thread's 1st tweet should have said police would be barred from *searching* cars based on invoking smell of marijuana.

Issue matters. A judge: "Time has come to reject the canard of marijuana emanating from nearly every vehicle subject to a traffic stop"


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1 Apr
Andrew Cuomo has just two more minutes to sign or veto a historic bill against solitary confinement in New York. (My understanding is the bill becomes law if he does nothing.) 👀
Midnight passed. It would appear Cuomo’s office will make no news tonight; this could mean the #HALTsolitary bill is now law without his signature, but it may also be he issued a veto he’ll publicize tmrw.

Bill would get NY in line with not doing what the UN defines as torture.
UPDATE: Cuomo signed the #HALTsolitary bill tonight — & advocates are now celebrating it becoming law.

A caution that signature came with amendments (typically discussed with leg leaders) — & important to see just what those are to understand final shape. https://t.co/ZjMVUO0Syq
Read 4 tweets
27 Mar
The people who collected national applause for 🙄-ing at Trump’s fabulations wasted no time turning their platform into calls to make access to the ballot more restrictive.

See also: SoS office making a case for making mail ballots harder in name of “trust” in December already.
This was Raffensperger’s office in December. He was saying there was no actual fraud to overturn 2020 — but his office was talking about broken trust (fueled by those same lies) as reason enough to change rules for 2022.

Do read that quote above: it’s a deputy in GA’s SoS office saying the election rules have to be changed so future candidates don’t make same lies as Trump. Effectively: Let’s act as if he’s right (even if we say he’s not) so he doesn’t have anything to complain about next time.
Read 4 tweets
26 Mar
Virginia Dems took control of the state government for the first time in decades last year, & have since passed a big slate of progressive goals.

Here's a thread capturing 13 big laws that have passed in that time. 

(I was trying to countdown to a top 10, but gave up on that.)
1️⃣ Virginia has now abolished the death penalty.

A really huge national milestone given the history of capital punishment in this state. theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
2️⃣ Virginia ended prison gerrymandering.

This is the practice that counts incarcerated people where they're detained for purposes of redistricting, skewing political power toward more white areas. theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
Read 14 tweets
20 Mar
Since 2021 began, New Orleans has been offering such a powerful illustration of why local elections matter.

A short thread.
Act 1: In fall of 2020, local activists in New Orleans worked to "flip the bench," i.e. get public defenders intent on fighting mass incarceration elected as judge.

In November, they scored some wins, including with candidate Angel Harris. [stay tuned]

Act 2: a DA with exceptionally carceral politics retired in 2020. And in a hotly-contested December runoff, the candidate who won (Jason Williams) had ran on vowing to unleash progressive reforms to decrease incarceration.


And then this week...
Read 4 tweets
18 Mar
just a mid-week reminder of things we do as a country ImageImage
when a 6-year old is dragged to court for picking a tulip

read the North Carolina story: journalnow.com/north-carolina… Image
7,300 complaints were filed against children YOUNGER THAN 11 in North Carolina, between 2015 & 2018.

47% of the complaints were against Black children. (22% of the state's population is Black.)

journalnow.com/north-carolina… Image
Read 6 tweets
17 Mar
There's a newly empowered progressive majority on the Washington Supreme Court. And it issued 2 sweeping decisions on youth sentences & war on drugs.

I wrote on how the rulings show off a blueprint of how state courts can do more to advance civil rights: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
Over the past 3 weeks, narrow majorities on the Washington Supreme Court pointed to the state constitution to:

1/ extend protections against life without parole, and
2/ strike down the state statute criminalizing drug possession, effectively legalizing it (for now?).
The first decision is a judicial milestone in extending the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence on life without parole beyond age 18.

The 2nd decision is especially striking in its willingness to rock the boat whatever the concerns it's impractical to address rights violations.
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