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Dear friend of drug reform:

The Week Online is in crisis and needs your help!

Why?

Giving to nonprofits since 9/11/01 has gone down in general as uncertain economic times result in fewer and smaller donations. This is the case for both our smaller membership donations and our larger major donor gifts. Additionally, the movement's major grant-making program has greatly delayed its application process for 2003, and we as well as most organizations in the movement have been hit very hard as a result. The cumulative impact has left The Week Online's budget in dire straits.

Please visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/wol.html and make a donation to support the Week Online -- large or small, everything helps -- or send your check or money order to DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036 -- or visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/monthly.html to sign up for a monthly credit card donation.

  • $1,400, tax-deductible, will fully fund one issue of The Week Online and all associated costs -- Phil Smith's salary, 20 percent of David Borden's, plus rent, Internet distribution and other overhead -- and a little extra to print it out and mail it to prisoners who've requested it.
  • $40,000, together with other funds received or likely, will complete The Week Online's budget for all of 2003. $45,000 will let us translate it into Spanish too -- very important in the aftermath of our enormously successful, historic Latin America conference (visit http://www.stopthedrugwar.org/shadows/ to find out more).
  • $100, $50, $25, even $10, if that is what you can afford, times 1,000 contributors -- only one out of every 25 people on this e-mail list -- will add up to make a huge difference. $30 or more entitles you to a choice of free DRCNet gifts!
The Week Online is used by too many drug reform supporters, to empower their own work, to be allowed to go under. Nothing could boost the spirits of our prohibitionist opponents more than seeing the world's leading and most widely-reaching drug reform newsletter cease to publish. But that's what's going to happen without your help. So make a donation to make sure this doesn't happen -- visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/wol.html to donate today! You can also make a non-deductible donation to support our lobbying work -- visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ to make a contribution of either kind.

Donations to the DRCNet Foundation are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Drug Reform Coordination Network would support our lobbying work and are not deductible. We can also accept donations of stock: Our broker is Ameritrade, phone: (800) 669-3900, account number 772973012, DTC number 0188. Or send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

David Borden, Executive Director
Drug Reform Coordination Network

P.S. Check out our newly-redesigned home page, read the current Week Online headlines and view footage and other info from our historic Latin American legalization conference -- visit http://www.stopthedrugwar.org to see it all!

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Issue #280, 3/28/03 The Week Online Needs Your Help | Editorial: I Smuggled Coca Soap into the United States | Road to Vienna: British Government Chides International Narcotics Control Board on Cannabis Rescheduling Critique | Will Canada Marijuana Decriminalization Be Collateral Damage in Iraq War? | Maryland Legislature Rebuffs Drug Czar, Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Awaits Governor's Signature | DRCNet Interview: Ed Forchion, the New Jersey Weedman | Newsbrief: DEA Issues Final Hemp Rule, Would Ban Hemp Food Products in Weeks, Hempsters Fight Back | Newsbrief: Bill to Allow Syringe Purchases Moving in Illinois Legislature | Newsbrief: Bill to Restrict Needle Exchanges Gets Push in Rhode Island | Newsbrief: Colombia to Get $100 Million Bounty for Supporting Iraq War | Newsbrief: More Americans Dead in Colombia | Newsbrief: Lawsuit Charges Chicago Cops with Pattern of Illegal Stops, Searches of Minorities | Newsbrief: Bush to Nominate Woman Prosecutor to Head DEA | Newsbrief: Silence on Pusherstrasse -- Christiania Drug Sellers Strike for Future of "Free City" | Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story | Jobs at WOLA | The Reformer's Calendar

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