Smokey & the Governor rock Cadman Plaza

BHB video by C. Scales

This morning several thousand recovering alcoholics and drug addicts and their family, friends and supporters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and gathered on Cadman Plaza’s Astroturf for this year’s A&E Network Recovery Rally. Smokey Robinson and his band entertained the crowd, opening with his 1965 hit “Going to A Go Go” (see clip above).

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Before Smokey took the stage, Governor David Paterson spoke briefly, noting New York State’s recent repeal of the punitive Rockefeller drug laws, which prescribed harsh sentences for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. He said the state is now committed to a regime of treatment instead of incarceration for drug users.

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  • A. Miles

    Do you have an estimate of how many people walked across the bridge in this rally?