DRCNet Projects and Campaigns 12/4/98

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To our readers: We are back after a much-needed Thanksgiving break, and hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend. Here at DRCNet, things are moving fast and 1999 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for us as well as for the movement. As we head into the home stretch of what has been an exciting 1998, we hope that you will consider supporting DRCNet's work. (We're facing a cash crunch at the moment!) Why, you may ask, should you dig deep to send us a check (or even another check), when there are so many worthy causes and organizations vying for your support? Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • DRCNet's weekly syndicated radio news show, DRCNN, is already being carried on over a dozen stations, in at least three countries, after just two months of production, and feedback from those stations has been excellent. The show costs us around $200 per week to produce (including staff-time), and we also need to be able to promote it to stations across the country. A $200 donation (or eight $25 donations) will pay for one show in its entirety. A $500 donation will pay for two weeks of promotions and will help us to get DRCNN on the air on perhaps dozens of new stations who do not yet know that we exist. (You can hear the show in Real Audio online at http://www.drcnet.org/drcnn/.) Donations to support DRCNN can be made to the DRCNet Foundation (tax-deductible), or to the Drug Reform Coordination Network (not tax-deductible, better for us if it's just as good for you).
  • DRCNet's campus project, U-Net, has launched a nationwide campaign in opposition to language in the 1998 Higher Education Act which delays or denies financial aid to any student who has been convicted of any drug offense, including possession. Our resolution calling on the 106th Congress to repeal the provision is already being presented by students to their student governments on over 50 campuses for their support. There is also media campaign in the works, which will be launched early in 1999, in support of this effort. Kris Lotlikar is our point person on this project (in addition to all of his other responsibilities here), and while he does work cheap, he cannot work for nothing. Ten $35 donations, or one $325 donation will cover Kris' pay and the associated expenses for a week. A $1,000 donation will fund the media campaign. (Check out the U-Net site at http://www.drcnet.org/U-net/.) Donations to support the Higher Education Act project, and Kris' work as membership coordinator, must be made to the Drug Reform Coordination Network (because of its legislative nature), and are not tax-deductible.
  • We are developing the stopthedrugwar.org web site as a gateway to the issue and the movement. Take a look at the initial portions, online at http://www.stopthedrugwar.org. When complete, stopthedrugwar.org will provide visitors pointers to news, educational resources, discussion groups, membership and activist organizations and other opportunities for involvement in whatever areas of drug policy interest them the most. Help DRCNet build the movement by supporting stopthedrugwar.org. Donations to support stopthedrugwar.org can be made to the DRCNet Foundation (tax-deductible) or the Drug Reform Coordination Network (not tax-deductible). (We are developing stopthedrugwar.org in preparation for a massive outreach campaign to build the movement. The outreach project will be described in another Week Online in the very near future.)
  • DRCNet continues to count on non-tax deductible donations from our membership for our lobbying efforts. In the coming year there will be numerous drug war-related bills on the Hill and in statehouses across the nation. Our subscribers will of course be alerted to them so that their voices can be heard, both at the state and the federal level. In the wake of the phenomenally successful 1998 election results, it is more important than ever that lawmakers hear from their reform-minded constituents when they consider their upcoming votes on these issues. Most of our grants and major gifts are made to the DRCNet Foundation, which spend very little of its money on lobbying. Hence, your non-deductible gifts to the Drug Reform Coordination Network, large or small, play the most important role in enabling us to issue our grassroots legislative alerts. Your non-deductible membership dues of $25, or donations of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 to the Drug Reform Coordination Network, represent citizen action directly at work in the democratic process.

These are just a few of the things we are working on here at DRCNet. As you can see, your support is vital to our efforts, and every dollar produces results. As the year winds down, please consider making a donation, or increasing your level of support for 1998. If you'd like, please feel free to specify a particular project or campaign with your check. Donations not specified for a given program will go toward one of the projects above, or else toward our general operating budget, as needed. If you'd like your donation to be tax deductible, please make checks payable to the DRCNet Foundation. Non-deductible donations should be made out to the Drug Reform Coordination Network. Thanks!

To donate, please use our online registration form at https://www.drcnet.org/cgi-shl/drcreg.cgi (secure, encrypted version for credit card donations) or http://www.drcnet.org/cgi-shl/drcreg.cgi (unencrypted version, use either version to create a printable form to mail in with your check or money order), or just mail your donation to: DRCNet, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036. Note that donations to the DRCNet Foundation should only be made by check, as the Foundation doesn't yet have a credit card merchant account.

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Issue #69, 12/4/98 DRCNet Projects and Campaigns | Alert: Show of Support Needed for New Jersey Needle Exchange | US Congress Triples Military Aid to Colombia | Report: New York State Now Spending More on Prisons than Higher Education | Drug War Perjury Highlighted In Congressional Impeachment Hearings | Thousands Protest at US Army School of the Americas | Swiss Legalization Referendum Fails, but Provides Hopeful Signs for Future | Coalition Seeking DC Election Results Grows | Editorial: Criminalizing our Children
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