Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)


Current Cosponsors (28): Bass, Beatty, Blumenauer, Clarke, Cleaver, Fudge, Gabbard, Hastings, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Jeffries, EB Johnson (TX), Kelly (IL), Khanna, Lawson, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis (GA), Lieu, McEachin, Moore, Norton, Payne
Jr., Pocan, Scott (GA), Serrano, Thompson (MS), Waters

Endorsing Organizations (7):  Amnesty International USA, Drug Policy Alliance, Justice Policy Institute, Justice Strategies, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, Sentencing Project             

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to cosponsor H.RES. 933: a resolution to issue an official apology from Congress for its role in the failed
War on Drugs.

As we prepare to vote on a few dozen bills aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic over the next two weeks, it is essential that Congress acknowledges the tactics that we as a body have promulgated up to this point when addressing drugs and addiction. For
decades, the policies stemming from the War on Drugs have not only been ineffective, but also detrimental and counterproductive to the challenges we face today.

Since the early 1900s, actions of Congress – through laws enacted and funding decisions—have contributed directly to destabilizing communities, setting forth mass incarceration and forsaking Americans struggling with the disease of addiction in the name
of the War on Drugs. The origins of these polices were heavily influenced by racial bias and sought to treat drug users as criminals instead of victims of a public health crisis. The record is clear: The War on Drugs has failed, and the United States Congress
played a prominent role in this failure.

The United States has not simply failed in how we carried out our War on Drugs—the War on Drugs stands as a stain on our national conscience in its very inception. For us to be successful tackling the disease of addiction moving forward, Congress must atone
for our failures up to this point and for the Congresses preceding us. Along with a congressional apology for the War on Drugs, this resolution calls on Congress to reverse the criminal and punitive policies associated with the War on Drugs and replace them
with health-based and evidence-based approaches. The resolution also calls for equity in the treatment of all forms of drug use, beyond just opioids.

People suffering from addiction are not enemy combatants; they are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers; sons, daughters, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Congress has played a direct role in harming these Americans, their families,
and the communities they live in.

This resolution is a modest, but important, step in that direction. For more information on the resolution or if you would like to be included as an original cosponsor, please contact Brad Korten (
or Jermaine Simmons ( on my staff at or call  (202) 225-5801. Thank you for your consideration.



Member of Congress

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