One of my friends got arrested this weekend
This is the reason I feel all the ways I do about most aspects of our legal system.
Because we’ll have an entire NYPD team dedicated to catching pot smokers in parks daily, but struggle for over a month to catch a sexual predator in Morningside Heights.
It’s also the reason I’m paranoid as shit about public interactions with weed. People think I’m over-cautious or just cowardly. But when you consider the circumstances, it really makes sense. Unfortunately the NYPD is better at catching a hand off for weed / a blunt half a mile in a park / weed in the brim of a hat than they are at catching a hit and run / murder / rape / or a violent mugging. So yes, I’m very scared about how “lets-catch-teens-toking-up-to-jack-arrest-rates-up” crazy the NYPD has gotten in the last few years.
Regardless of your views on pot, you gotta be in favor of more intelligent (read: productive to public safety) policing practices than the ones we have in place today. Long gone are the myths of reefer madness. People high are not more dangerous to public safety than drunks (as the basic criminal comparison. Feel free to continue up the ladder of violent criminals, none of which would seem less dangerous in comparison to a pothead) and our law enforcement policies need to begin reflecting that.
Ending a positive note, they forgot to read him his Miranda Rights. Took the Professional right out of the NYPD’s C.P.R. slogan. He might get the case thrown out based just on that!
It was so cold this morning
It should be illegal for a work-study job to require that you work outdoors and not supply you with adequate seasonal clothing or uniforms. My hands almost froze off today, with my gloves on.
Organizing can suck
After spending four years around this local college, it’s come to my attention that one of the issues so insurmountable for them is organizing. Specifically organizing for attention to issues plaguing the student body.
From what I can see, a big part of their (and a lot of other organizing bodies’) problem is this hesitation to let go of the horizontal leadership model.
It’s either hard to grasp, or to get across to these groups that although single leadership isn’t necessary (or best by any sense), a horizontal leadership model fails in so many ways.
Living in NYC vs. People’s descriptions of NYC:
Never the same thing.