A Message from the Executive Director on What DRCNet is Planning After Election Day and Why We Need Your Help 10/22/04

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Two short weeks from now, voters in the United States will make a choice affecting the nation's course for decades to come. DRCNet readers span a wide range of the political spectrum -- Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, independents, none-of-the-aboves -- but all of us agree on this much: The drug war is a moral and humanitarian crisis harming countless people around the world and which has failed to achieve its goals.

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