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federal RAVE Act
    #1167906 - 12/24/02 04:05 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

got this email, thought i'd throw it up....
As you may know, the Drug Policy Alliance led an
aggressive campaign this year to stop the federal RAVE Act from becoming
The Rave Act would have given federal prosecutors new powers
to shut down raves or other musical events they didn't like and
punish businessmen and women for hosting or promoting them. We are
proud to report that, with the help of thousands of supporters like you,
we were able to prevent Congress from making the RAVE Act national
This is a great victory for free speech and drug policy
reform, and we want to thank our supporters for all your help.
So, thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!

Make no mistake: The RAVE Act would not have been
stopped without your help! Unfortunately, our work is not over.
RAVE Act supporters are likely to re-introduce the bill next year and
try a second time
to make it law. The Drug Policy Alliance will again
focus our efforts to block this legislation and we hope to
still have you on our side.

In the mean time, you can stay updated on the RAVE
Act by visiting
our new "Music and the Drug War" Web site at
http://www.nomoredrugwar.org/music/ This site
provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the RAVE Act, order
a "No More Drug War" electronic music CD for only one dollar, and
discuss music and the drug war with people across the country in our
discussion forum.

Of course, our main site - http://www.drugpolicy.org
- is still the best source for drug policy reform information on
the web.
If you haven't been to these sites, we urge you to
check them out. Also, if you're not staying informed through our
action alerts or our weekly e-newsletter we encourage you to sign up for
them today for free at:



When drug warriors introduced the RAVE Act, they
thought they had the perfect election year drug war bill.
The RAVE Act targeted a musical style and culture that political elites
believed no one cared about.
It advanced the same-old, tired drug war agenda;
addressing public health concerns as criminal justice issues by
continuing to throw people in jail. The RAVE Act used fear and
prejudice to grant the federal government draconian powers.

The bill was put on a fast track enabling it to pass
out of committee only one-week after it was introduced, without
debate or recorded vote. Most politicians thought it would soar
through Congress and become law in no time. But, they were wrong! The
Drug Policy Alliance, which has an office in Washington, DC
working full-time to fight draconian drug war legislation and promote
drug policy reform, was determined to block the RAVE Act from becoming
law. With the help of people like you, The Alliance
launched a major campaign to defeat the RAVE Act - educating
Senators, mobilizing voters, alerting the media, and building legislative
** In conjunction with Dance Safe, the Drug Policy
Alliance launched a fax campaign that sent over 35,000 faxes to the
Senate in opposition to the RAVE Act. Thousands of voters also
called and wrote their Senators urging them to vote against it.

** The Drug Policy Alliance worked with groups
around the country - like ROAR (Ravers Organized Against the RAVE Act),
Blackkat, AuraSF and Freedom to Dance - to hold organized protests
against the RAVE Act in major cities, including protests in Los
Angeles, San Francisco, New York and an actual rave in Congress'
backyard on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC!

** We launched an aggressive legislative and media
campaign that criticized the RAVE Act in the media and educated
Members of Congress about the dangers of the bill. The campaign gained
national attention, with news articles across the country,
including the Oakland Tribune and the Washington Post. Alliance
staff warned voters about the RAVE Act and spurned them to action
on radio stations from California to New York.

Our campaign was so successful that two of the
original RAVE Act co-sponsors dropped their support for the bill
(including the Chair of the Judiciary Committee). The House Subcommittee on
Crime refused to hold a vote on the House version of the bill and the
Senate leadership did not dare bring the controversial
legislation to the full Senate for a vote. The RAVE Act is dead for
the year - one of many state and federal legislative victories this
We are especially grateful to everyone who faxed,
called, and wrote their Members of Congress, forwarded our actions
alerts to friends and family, organized at the local level, and gave
money to our campaign. We could not have enjoyed this success
without your help. Truth be told, the RAVE Act would probably have
become law without our action. Keep up your good work, and again:
thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!

Ps. Check out our new "music and the drug war" Web
site at: http://www.nomoredrugwar.org/music/

don't forget to make sure you are staying
informed by going to
and signing
up to receive regular updates.

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: 40oz]
    #1167949 - 12/24/02 04:23 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

There is hope yet...

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: 40oz]
    #1168004 - 12/24/02 05:02 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

They will try to resurrect it. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

To call humans 'rational beings' does injustice to the term, 'rational.'  Humans are capable of rational thought, but it is not their essence.  Humans are animals, beasts with complex brains.  Humans, more often than not, utilize their cerebrum to rationalize what their primal instincts, their preconceived notions, and their emotional desires have presented as goals - humans are rationalizing beings.

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: 40oz]
    #1168450 - 12/24/02 08:08 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

great news!!  :smile:

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: pattern]
    #1168736 - 12/25/02 02:54 AM (17 years, 6 months ago)

yes great news indeed.

i still have a job =o)

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: 40oz]
    #1169608 - 12/25/02 01:10 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

Supposidly most of the techno clubs in DC have been shutdown because they held raves.

How can that be, if the RAVE Act didn't go through?


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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: Learyfan]
    #1169615 - 12/25/02 01:22 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

Cops do what they want. Pigs.

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: Learyfan]
    #1170095 - 12/25/02 05:33 PM (17 years, 6 months ago)

In Colorado raves have also been shutting down. Just because the feds aren't persecuting ravers, doesn't mean the states can't.

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: Anonymous]
    #1170587 - 12/26/02 12:42 AM (17 years, 6 months ago)

I'm pretty sure raves arent allowed here in Maine anymore.

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Re: federal RAVE Act [Re: Anonymous]
    #1170662 - 12/26/02 04:00 AM (17 years, 6 months ago)

man this shit is terrible... if the RAVE act passes, there is no way I'm staying in America. It's a sure sign that our Bill Of Rights means jack shit. What freedom? I thought this country was all about freedom...

"I think it's time we stop
Children, What's the sound,
Everybody look what's going down"

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