I Know Russell Simmons’ Heart… by Michael Skolnik

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Russell Simmons Rallies Against New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws

It was a seven-year fight. A fight that most told him that he would never win. A draconian drug law that had been on the books since 1973 was used to fill up New York State prisons with tens of thousands of black and brown men. Rockefeller. Those laws.  Seven years later and the fight was over. Women and girls who had been separated from their fathers and husbands were about to see many of them come home. The laws were being repealed.  It was my first few months working for Russell Simmons as his political director and we were off to Queens for the signing of a new bill by Governor David Paterson that would end the Rockefeller Drug Laws after forty years.  With a signature inked on paper, the laws were gone. And as we left, the Governor turned to Russell and handed him the pen, a symbol…

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