HEA Campaign Update and SSDP Conference 10/19/01

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The campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act, a law delaying or denying federal financial aid eligibility to tens of thousands of students each year because of drug convictions, continues into the 2001-2002 school year, a year in which we hope to win and get this law repealed once and for all.

The HEA campaign has seen its first successes of the school year already. Four new student government endorsements of our HEA reform resolution have been passed: Union College in New York state, New College in Florida, North Carolina State University and Washington University in St. Louis. And on Capitol Hill, H.R. 786, Rep. Barney Frank's bill to repeal the provision, garnered its latest cosponsor on September 28th, Rep. Brian Baird of Washington state. H.R. 786 now has 55 cosponsors.

In other recent news, student activism at Appalachian State University in North Carolina has spurred the school's chancellor to join the drug provision repeal cause (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/204.html#asuchancellor), and recently-appointed DEA chief Asa Hutchinson has again expressed his agreement that the provision should go (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/203.html#johnsonhutchinson).

Please take the following actions if they apply to you and you haven't already:

  1. Visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com to sign our online petition and send a message to Congress in support of H.R. 786, a bill to repeal the HEA drug provision. (If you have sent this already since our last announcement, there is no current need to send it again.) Participating in this action will let us know who your US Representative is, so we can contact you if we need especial help in your district.
  2. If you are a student, or have connections to a college or university, visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com to download an activist packet (newly-updated as of this morning), and read the substantially expanded contents of the site (http://www.raiseyourvoice.com/students.html), designed to help you in gaining the support of your student government and school administration for this campaign. Please do this even if you have the previous version of the packet (http://www.raiseyourvoice.com/download.html).
  3. Visit Students for Sensible Drug Policy at http://www.ssdp.org for information on next month's conference.
  4. Forward this alert to your friends, or visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com and use the tell-a-friend form.
  5. Please consider making a donation, large or small, toward the costs of this campaign. Though our funding situation for 2002 is very promising, we have had a severe shortfall of the non-tax-deductible lobbying funds that we need for the HEA campaign during the second half of 2001. Visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ to help, or mail your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036.
Again, visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com to write to Congress and get involved in the campaign, or just to learn more about it.

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