Saturday, April 02, 2016
So, I spent the end of the week in DC working for more federal clemency. I spoke at the White House, had other great conversations, and then Friday morning I had a piece in the New York Times titled Obama's Clemency Problem. More importantly, President Obama met and had lunch with some people who have received clemency-- and are living now as productive citizens.
Did any of this work? You won't know, really, until January 20, 2017, when this presidency is over. Still... yesterday afternoon Politico reported White House Promises to Speed Up Clemency Program. So, you gotta hope!
There is another stage to all this; the next administration. Towards that end, Nkechi Taifa and I have a piece in this weeks' New York Amsterdam News, the largest black paper in New York, under the headline If Black Lives Matter, Hillary and Bernie Should Commit to Clemency.