race for peace; A Better City Government Possible – Trentonian

race for peace

The Race for Peace Committee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Formed in 2016 to enrich the lives of residents in all communities through family-friendly programs, resources, and activities to build understanding between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The main objectives are an ongoing and permanent dialogue with the communities and the police; mentor young people; police and the elderly; develop incentive programs that will help promote peace; annual visit to prisons; end violence and bring peace to all communities in our region and country; bring peace and harmonious relations between the police and community members; promote excellence in police training.

The vision of the Race for Peace committee is to educate, circumvent and eradicate racism, violence and discrimination in the world. Race for Peace’s mission is to revitalize the community through enrichment and outreach programs in each community and to maintain a collective voice and the sharing of ideas, creating an atmosphere of peace that encourages good citizenship.

The aim of the Race for Peace committee is to strive to create excitement in the communities, to see through their eyes, to understand their needs and to provide more than they expect. It does this by offering accessible goals and solutions that support peace in the community.

For more information, visit the raceforpeace.org website and the @RFPCSocialMedia Facebook page.

— Alim Howell, Community Activist/Lawyer, Liaison Officer

Better city government possible

LA Parker pokes fun at politicians saying legalizing marijuana is key to Trenton’s future (“Better city government is possible…” 4/26/22).

Well, I’m not a politician, I’m a nurse. I worked at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and Trenton State Prison. I was an ICU/ICU nurse at Mercer Hospital when he was in Trenton, and I was a public health nurse for the city of Trenton. I have cared for Trentonians in many different ways, and I say legalizing marijuana IS the key to improving conditions in Trenton.

When we legalized marijuana, we ended about 50% of the war on drugs. This war is actually a war on people, especially poor people of color in inner city neighborhoods. Mass incarceration resulting from drug offenses and accompanying civil penalties tripled our prison population in 2006. 86% of the 27,000 state prisoners at the time were black or Hispanic and nearly all were poor inner city residents. The War on Drugs has done enormous damage to our community, damage that will take decades to fully undo, as entire generations have been affected.

With Legal Marijuana, we’ve ended more than 30,000 annual marijuana-related arrests in the state. We stopped the bleeding. Now we can employ downtown residents in this new industry, clear their offenses, help them become business owners, and use tax dollars to rebuild our community. Marijuana use is rightly viewed as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Trenton will be much better off because of it.

— Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive DirectorCoalition for Medical Marijuana–New Jersey, Inc.

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