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Thanks to all of you who participated in our special three-day offer this week. We have decided to continue with one that's almost as good, for five more days -- donate $25 or more for a regular DRCNet membership, and receive a free copy "Drug War Addiction: Notes from the Front Lines of America's #1 Policy Disaster," an incisive volume by one of Colorado's top law enforcement officials, Sheriff Bill Masters. Just visit http://www.drcnet.org/specialoffer/ to donate $25 or more by noon EST on Tuesday, December 24 -- send your check or money postmarked by Tuesday to DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036 -- and we'll ship your copy out early next year! (See "And the Winners Are..." below for the lucky ten who won personally autographed copies in our recent contest/survey.)

Besides getting you this important work by a respected law enforcement leader, your donation will provide needed support for DRCNet's work changing US and international drug policy -- so visit http://www.drcnet.org/specialoffer/ to sign up today! Some of the work your donation will help make possible:

  • We will bring anti-prohibition advocates from throughout Latin America together for our February 12-15 conference in Mexico, "Out from the Shadows: Ending Drug Prohibition in the 21st Century," and we will continue to organize the Out from the Shadows campaign and conferences around the world -- Europe, Canada and the US all coming up!
  • We will continue to mobilize students, educators and other concerned citizens in opposition to the Higher Education Act Drug Provision, which strips college financial aid eligibility from students with drug convictions. Our campaign has sparked a groundswell of opposition to the law, including the endorsements of 100 student governments nationwide and the sponsorship of 68 members of Congress for a bill to repeal it -- 10 of whom spoke at our press conference at the US Capitol last May. The HEA Campaign is drug reform's first hope for repealing a federal drug law outright since 1970.
  • We will continue to publish The Week Online, our widely- read, in-depth report on drug policy published each Friday -- with well over 24,000 subscribers the most widely read drug policy newsletter in the world.
  • We will continue to issue action alerts on the full range of drug policy reform issues. Over 20,000 people have used our write-to-Congress web sites in the last two years.
  • We will continue our Higher Education Act Educational Campaign, raising awareness of the consequence of the new law stripping students with drug convictions of their federal financial aid. This campaign, in partnership with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, has garnered coverage in major media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CNN and more.
  • We will complete our work on the 91,000-page New Jersey Racial Profiling Archive, compiling a comprehensive index to the archive's contents and re-releasing the files in a new, content-based format, on our web site and on CD.
  • We will complete our comprehensive "Guided Tour of the War on Drugs," providing introductory essays to 25-30 drug policy issues, with personal stories, news links, archives, lists of organizations and ways to get involved, and more.
  • We will continue the John W. Perry scholarship fund, matching students who have lost financial aid for college because of drug convictions with sympathetic scholarship providers.
  • If funding is secured, we will launch an effort in an important but under-explored area of drug policy, the widespread under-availability of narcotics to patients who need them for relief of severe, chronic pain.
Like many organizations, DRCNet depends on small- and mid-size contributions from its members for a large part of our budget. With charitable contributions diminished by the state of the economy and the market, we need your help more than ever. So please visit http://www.drcnet.org/specialoffer/ today! You can also just send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036 -- but please fill out the form too, or at least e-mail us at [email protected], so we know to hold a copy for you. (Also, please contact us if you wish to make a contribution of stock.)

Please note that contributions to the Drug Reform Coordination Network are not tax-deductible. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support our educational work, make your check payable to DRCNet Foundation, same address.

Thank you for being a part of the struggle to change US and international drug policy. Together we will make reason and compassion a reality.

Read our January 2002 interview with Sheriff Masters at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/220.html#billmasters in the Week Online archives.

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Issue #268, 12/20/02 Special Offer Continues -- DRCNet Needs Your Help! | Editorial: Expanding the Chorus | 108 Euro-Parliamentarians Call for Legal, Regulated Drug Trade, Reform of UN Conventions | Congressional Drug Warrior Having Doubts: Dan Burton's Near Epiphany | Michigan Legislature Repeals Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws | Canadian Marijuana Activists Skeptical on Decrim | Canadian Supreme Court Postpones Marijuana Cases, Cites Parliament Report, Justice Minister Statement on Decrim | DRCNet Book Review: "Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords, and Washington's War on Drugs" | And the Winners Are | Federal Judge Shows Keen Interest in Raich/Monson Medical Marijuana Case | Bolivia Coca Growers Announce Blockades for January 6 -- Will Continue Dialogue | DC Measure 62 Clears Hurdle, Goes to Congress 268/jeffjones Newsbrief: Oakland Cannabis Co-op Director Founded Guilty on Federal Jury Tampering Charges, Handed Out Flyer at Epis Trial | Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story | Newsbrief: Stop the Presses! Poor, Blacks Face Brunt of Houston Drug War | Newsbrief: Texas ACLU Report Slams Task Forces, Calls for End to $200 Million Annual Boondoogle | Newsbrief: MPP Continues "War on Drug Czar" -- More Complaints to be Filed, O'Reilly Appearance Tonight | Newsbrief: Budget Cuts Free Kentucky Drug Prisoners -- Oklahoma Next? | Newsbrief: Nickelodeon Censors Beverly Hillbillies Marijuana References | Newsbrief: Asset Forfeiture Unconstitutional in New Jersey | Media Scan: Joycelyn Elders in Globe and Mail, George McMahon in Fort Worth Weekly, Jeff and Tracy, Santa Fe New Mexican, Medscape | DC Job Opportunities at DRCNet | Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum | The Reformer's Calendar
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