Skate for Justice Raises Awareness of Opposition to the Drug War in Upstate New York 6/27/03

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy's "Skate for Justice" against the drug war made its way from Binghamton to Ithaca, NY, last Sunday (6/22), with approximately 10 activists skating some or all of the journey's 49 miles, according to the Ithaca News. Starting a little after 10:00am, the demonstrators rolled into Ithaca at approximately 8:00pm, then enjoying a dinner provided at half-price by the Lost Dog Cafe.

Tom Angell, a member of SSDP's national board of directors, who represented SSDP's University of Rhode Island chapter, called the Skate for Justice "a pilgrimage with justice as the destination." Angell told the Week Online that it was "an invigorating experience," even though he had to stop at 40 miles due to an ankle injury.

At one point the group walked up the largest hill of the route -- silently, according to Angell, "to take time to reflect on all the lives that have been shattered by the US drug war" -- and in Angell's case, on the life of Cheryl Miller, medical marijuana patient and famed activist from New Jersey.

"By being on the roads throughout the day and passing thousands of motorists and pedestrians," Angell said, "we were able to raise awareness that drug policy reform is an important contemporary issue." Skaters sported Skate for Justice t-shirts as well as StopTheDrugWar.org and SSDP stickers and signs -- visible to thousands of pedestrians and motorists during their 10 hour tour.

Skate for Justice was spearheaded by SSDP's Broome Community College chapter. Visit http://www.skateforjustice.org for pictures and further information.

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