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Latest Drug War Casualty - Our rights
    #1860368 - 08/28/03 09:35 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

(From the Drug Policy Alliance)

Friends and Supporters:

The war on drugs is a grievous attack on our civil liberties......and
things are about to get worse. Yes, there have been successes. We've
pushed senators to debate the RAVE Act on the floor, we've forced a
medical marijuana vote in the House and we've got more support than ever
before. Nevertheless, Congress and the Bush Administration are now
conspiring against the Bill Of Rights with new legislation that threatens our
right to assemble and erodes protections against search and seizure.

We have received reports that police are using the RAVE Act to pressure
promoters into canceling festivals and events. Unbelievably, the first
event targeted by the law was a political fundraiser in Montana.
Taxpayer dollars have already been used on an expensive ad campaign calling
marijuana users terrorists. Now, in an even bigger grab for control,
Senators are working on a controversial bill that could punish nonviolent
drug offenders as terrorists. We can't afford any illusions. If the war
on terrorism is as unsuccessful as the failed war on drugs, we're all
in big trouble.

Read on for some important updates and actions you can take on Rave Act
II (including a September 6th protest in DC), a new "drugs and
terrorism" bill, Drug Czar John Walters secretive tour around the country and
the growing fight against U.S. Latin American drug policy.

With these new challenges come new costs, and your financial support is
crucial in our fight to protect our rights, so please visit our online
donation page at:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4472 .

1) RAVE ACT II

In the fight to repeal the RAVE Act we have come up against another
piece of anti-rave legislation. If made into law, this latest attack on
our civil liberties would open more doors for the prosecution of innocent
business owners unable to stop drugs coming into their venue. Thousands
of our supporters have already faxed their representatives about what
we are calling the RAVE Act II (officially known as the Ecstasy
Awareness Act) and groups across the country, like EM:DEF and ROAR, are
mobilizing voters against the bill.

If you haven't faxed your Representative about the Ecstasy Awareness
Act, please do so at:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4336

We also need you to fax your Representative about the CLEAN-UP Act if
you haven't already.
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4337

For more on what you can do to stop threats to hip hop and electronic
music see: http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4338

2) SEPTEMBER 6TH PROTEST AGAINST THE RAVE ACT

Thousands will gather at the Capitol in Washington, DC on September 6th
for a musical protest against the RAVE Act and the continuing assault
on dance culture. The event, sponsored by ROAR!: The National Dance and
Music Rights Alliance, will feature Junior Vasquez, D:Fuse, booths,
prizes, and much, much more.

Dance for your rights. U.S. Capitol, Washington DC. 1pm onwards. For
more information on the protest including directions see:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4339

Tour Buses are being arranged from numerous cities. Please email
info@roargroup.org for all general inquiries.

3) NEW DRUGS AND TERROR ACT IN THE NAME OF 'VICTORY'

Two years ago, with the very real experience of terrorism in our lives,
Senators rushed to pass the PATRIOT Act. Essentially a license for the
government to spy on its own people, the Act has become one of the
biggest threats to our civil liberties. Now, without urgency, Senators are
about to make an even bigger mistake. The misnamed Vital Interdiction
of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003, or the VICTORY Act
(hang on.....that should be a small r and where did the Y come from??),
contains numerous disturbing provisions including laws that could charge
non-violent drug offenders as terrorists. It has not even been
introduced yet and civil libertarians are commanding their battle stations.
Judging by the title of the Act the government is more concerned about
propaganda than dealing with real issues of terrorism or drugs. This
legislation will undermine the country's struggle with terrorism by
conflating it with the war on drugs. This legislation will become the next
battle ground for civil rights in the U.S.

Stay tuned, as you can be sure the Drug Policy Alliance, with your
help, will be mounting a concerted and persistent campaign against this
act. For more information on the VICTORY Act
see: http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4340

(4) WHERE'S WALTERS? THE DRUG CZAR'S SECRETIVE TOUR

Marching to the beat of the Bush administration's drug war drum, the
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Drug Czar
John Walters is using tax-payer dollars to preach harmful, punitive drug
policies across the nation while keeping the location of his
appearances secret until the last minute. What does this say about the democratic
process and the war on drugs? We've been asking supporters to contact
both the White House and the ONDCP to ask that they operate in line with
democratic transparency and release the dates and times of the Walter's
tour.

Call the White House:
202-456-1414
president@whitehouse.gov

Call the ONDCP:
202-395-6700
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4341

For more on the Drug Czar's tour:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4342

(5) COLOMBIA VOTE

Expanding its reigns beyond the borders, the Bush Administration funds
the aerial fumigation of coca crops in Colombia. Damaging all crops,
including food, and wreaking havoc on environmental and political
conditions in a country already impoverished and plagued by civil strife
aerial fumigation has only moved coca growing deeper into the forests and to
other areas. The House of Representatives last month narrowly defeated
Democrats' efforts to boost funds to fight the global AIDS epidemic by
shifting money away from anti-drug efforts in Colombia. The House voted
226-195 against redirecting the money.

More on the vote here:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=4343


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Re: Latest Drug War Casualty - Our rights [Re: silversoul7]
    #1860374 - 08/28/03 09:38 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I think the fact that they call the leading guy in the cabinet on illegal drugs a czar speaks volumes on the drug war.


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