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we hope to win and get this law repealed once and for all.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:
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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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
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).
Visit Students for Sensible Drug Policy at
http://www.ssdp.org for information on
next month's conference.
Forward this alert to your friends, or visit
and use the tell-a-friend form.
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.
Issue #207, 10/19/01
HEA Campaign Update and SSDP Conference | Drug Warriors Eye Colombia's FARC as Possible Target in War on Terror | Colorado Poll Finds War on Drugs Ineffective, Voters See Drugs as Health, Not Police Problem | San Diego Needle Exchange Program Inches Closer to Reality -- Close City Council Vote Looming | Bolivia: Violence Continues, Mediation Commission Formed | Another Court Rejects Cincinnati "Drug Zones" as Unconstitutional | Newsbrief: Senate Committee Votes to Lift DC Needle Exchange Funding Ban | Newsbrief: British Researchers Discover Kids Like to Party | Drug Testing Should Focus on Chronic, Not Casual Drug Users, Study Says | Newsbrief: Sales of Anti-Depressants Surge in New York and Washington | Alerts: HEA Drug Provision, Drug Czar Nomination, DEA Hemp Ban, Ecstasy Bill, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana | The Reformer's Calendar
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