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Drug-fuelled violence takes toll on Mexico

Location: 
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
Toronto Star (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/179501

Free Kennedy Center Gala Honoring the Prisons Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Prisons Foundation has been chosen by a blue ribbon panel as a Mayor's Arts Award Finalist in the category of Innovation in the Arts. The panel was impressed with the work done by the Prisons Foundation in allowing men and women in prison to pursue the arts and their educational development, its publishing a stunning newsmagazine Art for Justice, and its sponsorship of the Prison Art Gallery in downtown Washington. The gala will feature headliner entertainment. Whether we are chosen to receive this prestigious award, we are very proud of the recognition that being nominated has given to the more than two million men and women in prison. Following the awards ceremony, you are invited to a free reception at the Prison Art Gallery, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC. Please RSVP Carolyn@PrisonsFoundation.org or call 202-393-1511.
Date: 
Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

Law Enforcement: Atlanta NAACP Calls for Tight Restrictions on "No-Knock" Searches

The Atlanta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called Monday for tougher rules regarding the use of "no-knock" search warrants by Atlanta police. With regular search warrants, police must knock and announce their presence before entering a home, but with "no-knock" warrants, police may just kick the door down and enter.

The call for tighter rules around "no-knock" warrants was only one of a number of recommendations for reforming Atlanta's police compiled by the group in the wake of the killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston by police in November. Johnston was shot and killed during a "no-knock" drug raid when she opened fire on undercover narcotics officers bursting through her door. Three officers were wounded. The officers involved claimed a confidential informant had bought cocaine at the house, but no cocaine was found, and another informant has told the media and federal investigators the narcs asked him to lie and say he had bought drugs at the house after the raid went sour.

The NAACP recommended that judges reserve "no-knock" warrants for extreme cases. The group also called for police to conduct surveillance of homes prior to executing a "no-knock" warrant.

"This is of utmost urgency," said Atlanta NAACP head the Rev. RL White Jr., speaking to reporters at the chapter's Atlanta headquarters. "The situation that happened last year was only the tip of the iceberg."

The group also called for police to launch a goodwill initiative in Atlanta low-income, high-crime neighborhoods and for the department to require officers to receive sensitivity training. The NAACP also recommended that a citizens' review board be created to review incidents like the Johnston killing. Such a board currently exists, but it is toothless and has not reviewed a case in five years.

"I commend the NAACP for their input and involvement on how the Atlanta Police Department conducts business," Chief Richard Pennington said in a statement. "Even though we are currently reviewing our internal policies and procedures, I do not oppose any measure that will strengthen our relationship with the community. I look forward to working together to reclaim the public's trust in our hard-working men and women."

The NAACP's recommendations will be delivered to the Atlanta city council, Mayor Shirley Franklin, and Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears, White said.

Military fights drugs

Location: 
Fijiano
Publication/Source: 
Fiji Times
URL: 
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=56503

Former DEA Agent: We'll Win If We Just Arrest Every Drug User

Most people who notice that the drug war has failed eventually come to understand that we must stop wasting billions of dollars harming people who've used drugs.

But a select few propose escalation, and their ideas range from crazy to…well, crazier.

Expert: War on drugs should shift focus from the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, NY gives a voice to former DEA agent Michael Levine, who I don't think will be joining LEAP anytime soon. He's written a book called Fight Back that doesn't sound very good.

According to Levine, the reason the drug war is failing is because we've been wasting our time chasing the dealers when we should be trying to arrest all the users. He's serious:

It is the druggie who is victimizing us. It is he -- not the drug dealer, the smuggler, the Medellin Cartel, or all the Manuel Noriegas of this world -- who is responsible for the spread of drug abuse.

He thinks we should turn to China and Japan for guidance:

They succeeded in getting the situation under control because they targeted the users, forcing them into rehabilitation. They realized "that they did not have a drug epidemic; they had an epidemic of druggies."

For starters, we must begin teaching children the truth about drugs:

Levine says druggies should be depicted "convulsing and vomiting on themselves in detoxification wards; or staring vacant eyed on the benches of intake centers and emergency wards. That is what being a druggie is really all about, and that is what we should want our kids to see and understand."

Of course, no such rant would be complete without this:

Give me one community -- the worse the better -- where the citizens, the media and the police are willing to work together in following the step-by-step plan of Fight Back and I guarantee the end of the drug problem within one year."

I think the first step towards solving our drug problem is to be more selective in our use of the term "expert."

Location: 
United States

Healthy weed: Lawmakers aim to pass medical marijuana bill

Location: 
MN
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Winona Daily News (MN)
URL: 
http://www.winonadailynews.com/articles/2007/02/01/news/01lead.txt

Dominican authorities heighten drugs crackdown, thousands arrested

Location: 
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Publication/Source: 
Dominican Today (Dominican Republic)
URL: 
http://www.dominicantoday.com/app/article.aspx?id=22048

ON THE BORDER

Location: 
Tijuana
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
San Francisco Chronicle
URL: 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/01/28/MNGCJNQHOS1.DTL

Some Santa Cruz pot users, sellers find loopholes in state's medical marijuana laws

Location: 
Santa Cruz, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)
URL: 
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2007/January/28/local/stories/02local.htm

Press Release: Artist, Activist Anthony Papa Exhibits Work at Fundraiser for The Lower Eastside Girls Club

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2007 More Info: Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384 Artist, Rockefeller Reform Activist Anthony Papa Exhibits Art at Fundraiser for The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York Mr. Papa to Discuss Art as Tool for Personal and Social Change at Reception on February 15 Elected Officials, Drug War Reform Advocates, Community Leaders and Philanthropists Come Together to Support The Lower Eastside Girls Club Anthony Papa, artist, activist and communications specialist for the Drug Policy Alliance, will be exhibiting more than 70 pieces of artwork at The Lower Eastside Girls Club's Art+Community Gallery in a show called, “Now and Then: The Art of Anthony Papa.” The exhibit will feature his work from while he was incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws and his work since returning home in 1997. Mr. Papa literally painted his way to freedom after finding his passion for art while serving a 15 years to life sentence for a first time nonviolent drug offense. While behind bars, Mr. Papa painted a self portrait, "15 to Life," which eventually displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The injustice of Mr. Papa's case generated national and statewide media in New York and ultimately led to Governor Pataki granting Mr. Papa clemency after serving 12 years in jail. His book "15 To Life" is now on its way to becoming a feature film. "Art has the ability to inspire and transform both the individual and society," says Papa. "The Girls Club has the same impact on hundreds of girls every day." "Art has become my vehicle for expression and empowerment," Papa continued. "I hope to inspire the girls to find their passion and voice in whatever they choose to pursue." The show will continue on until March 5th and is a benefit for the art and curatorial training programs of The Lower Eastside Girls Club. The Girls Club works with economically disadvantaged girls and young women ages 8-23, many who are personally affected by the Rockefeller Drug Laws through the incarceration of family members and friends. "At the Girls Club we believe that art has the power to change reality and open doors. Tony Papa's work shows the girls that this istrue," said Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director. The event will be attended by Lower Eastside Girls Club members and their families, elected officials, drug policy reform activists and philanthropists. I've been a longtime supporter and admirer of Anthony Papa and his work," said Lawrence Goldfarb, CEO of LRG Capital Group, Baystar Capital. "I am honored to lend my time and energy to support the work of my friend, Anthony, and The Lower Eastside Girls Club." Mr. Goldfarb and LRG Capital Group will host a reception at the end of the show. The Lower Eastside Girls Club Art+Community Gallery is at 56 East 1st Street between 1st and 2nd aves. www.girlsclub.org For more information, contact Adriana Pezzulli at 917-653-8542 or Adriana@girlsclub.org The Lower Eastside Girls Club is dedicated to providing a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. By delivering strong and innovative arts, athletic, cultural, life-skills and career oriented programming, we provide girls with the vision to plan - and the tools to build - their future.
Location: 
New York, NY
United States

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