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We want to thank all of our supporters for their help in our on-going campaign against the RAVE Act (S.2633). While the Drug Policy Alliance has taken the lead in fighting this draconian legislation, we would be nowhere without the support of people like yourself. We truly appreciate everyone who has called or faxed their Senators and forwarded our alerts to their friends and family. You are absolutely essential to reforming our nation's drug policies.
While proponents of the RAVE Act thought they could quickly and quietly pass it through the Senate, they were wrong. The Chief of Staff for Senator Biden (sponsor of the RAVE Act) recently told the Washington Post that, "we thought this would be an innocuous bill that everybody would rally in support of." Instead, this bill is now in the midst of controversy. They greatly underestimated the strength of the Drug Policy Alliance and our allies:
** The Drug Policy Alliance, in conjunction with Dance Safe, has launched a fax campaign that has sent almost 25,000 faxes to the Senate in opposition to the RAVE Act. Additionally, BuzzLife Productions, which coordinates dance events in the DC area, gathered 10,000 on-line signatures in opposition to the bill in only five days and has personally delivered them to the Senate. Thousands of voters have called their Senators in opposition to this bill. Key Senators are feeling the heat.
** The controversial RAVE Act and the campaign against it have garnered national attention, with news articles across the country, including the Oakland Tribune and the Washington Post: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02/n1347/a09.html?111. Alliance employees have warned voters about the RAVE Act and spurned them to action on radio stations from California to New York.
** The Drug Policy Alliance is working with other organizations to stop or modify this bill, including the ACLU and business groups. We are in the process of working with co-sponsors of the bill to find ways to limit its application and reduce the harm it will cause. In particular, we are working to ensure that it doesn't legislate raves and hemp festivals out of existence. Ultimately, the Alliance wants to defeat the RAVE Act - but if it's unstoppable, we want to amend it to protect civil liberties, free speech, and the right to dance.
The Drug Policy Alliance has an official policy of not asking our supporters to do something unless it's absolutely urgent and will make a difference. So, we're not going to ask you to fax or call your Senators today. We're waiting for the moment most likely to influence Congress to ask you. That time may come sometime during the next two weeks.
In the mean time, we encourage you to become a member of the Drug Policy Alliance, if you are not already. This helps the Alliance in two ways. First, it helps pay for the cost of our public education efforts, including our action alerts and fax campaigns. Without contributions from people like yourself that believe in freedom and justice, the Asa Hutchinsons and John Ashcrofts of the world will get their entire drug war agenda through Congress. Secondly, becoming a member of the Alliance improves our ability to educate Congress on the need for reform. There's an iron law in Washington -- the more members you have, the more politicians listen. If we are going to stop the war on marijuana users, eliminate the racial injustices of the drug war, and protect the Bill of Rights, we need people like yourself to join the Alliance.
Please consider joining the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's largest organization working to end the war on drugs and all its harmful effects. You can become a member for an investment of as little as $35. Find out more at: http://www.drugpolicy.org/membership/
Alliance members receive a complimentary subscription to our twice-yearly newsletter The Ally. The newsletter includes detailed articles about what the Alliance is doing in your states and communities.
Membership in the Alliance is for one year. You will automatically be reminded to renew your membership at the end of the first year. If you have questions please contact the membership office at (212) 548-0384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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this blunts for you.
To all the people I offended,
Fuck you too
To all the friends I used to have,
I miss my past.
But the rest of you assholes,
Can Kiss My Ass
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