Newsbrief: Teachers Against Prohibition Reborn as Educators for Sensible Drug Policy 6/20/03

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With Montana State University-Billings education major and founder of Teachers Against Prohibition (http://www.teachersagainstprohibition.org) Adam Jones temporarily retiring from drug reform because of a repressive probation officer, the fledgling drug reform organization has reemerged with new leadership under a new name. During a Sunday Internet meeting of the group's board of directors, the board decided to rename the organization Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, name Richard Lake chairman of the board for the next year, and appoint chairs for the group's Canadian and New Zealand branches.

According to a posting by Lake, the name change came as part of an effort to provide a more positive image for the group and to make it more inclusive. The group's board also voted to revise the web site and email lists to reflect the group's new name and revise the web site to make positive policy recommendations. For example, wrote Lake, "we agreed that it is simply not enough to oppose DARE-like educational efforts. We will seek to recommend reality based alternatives; for example, the alternatives presented by Marsha Rosenbaum's Safety First (http://www.safety1st.org)."

The organization is also seeking donations to defray costs, grow its membership, and reach out to other groups with similar interests. Look for an e-mail newsletter from ESDP by summer's end.

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