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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012

{ in brief } reVisitinG tHe WAr On druGs students PArtner WitH tHe sAn frAnciscO HuMAn riGHts cOMMissiOn On A PuBlic HeArinG e “War on drugs” in 1971, the united states’ uc Hastings’ social change lawyering &ommission as their field placement forcixon coined the termnichard M.rver since anti-drug campaign has been a divisive, hotly community Group Advocacy clinic. for sev- debated issue. critics maintain that drug eral months, frigault and zohrabi researched enforcement efforts have led to the creation the issues, met with stakeholders, and visited of a permanent underclass who are often rou- communities heavily affected by local and tinely discriminated against. national drug enforcement policies. to raise awareness of this issue, san “People with drug convictions are subject francisco’s Human rights commission orga- to legalized discrimination,” frigault says. nized a public hearing on April 12, 2012, to “there are many disincentives to them re- highlight the impact of drug enforcement poli- entering the community, including things that cies on those arrested or convicted of minor seem cruel, like denial of food stamps, denial drug crimes and their communities. the hear- of federal education loans, and a one-strike ing included speakers from different policy policy for public housing.” groups and nonprofits, including the Aclu of “this was one of the best experiences i’ve northern california and the nAAcP. had,” says zohrabi. “i was able to go out and two uc Hastings students, noah Frigault work as a lawyer, and talk to the community ’13 and azadeh Zohrabi ’12, helped coor- about their concerns. it helped me learn how dinate the hearing with the Human rights to deal with different stakeholders.” r e - Q A e l s e y A M r uc HAstinGs 11


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012
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