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Dear Drug War Chronicle reader:

DRCNet has hit the ground running in 2006, but we need your help to keep it going -- especially during this part of the year, the way our cash flow has worked out -- can you make a donation to help our work today?

High-impact work has happened at DRCNet already this year, and even bigger and better things are on the way soon! Some of the highlights:

  • Congress scaled back a federal drug law -- something that's happened only a few times in history -- partly as a result of our work.
  • More than half a million people have visited DRCNet web sites already this year -- and our hits are going up.
  • Our first major report was featured in USA Today and the Associated Press.
  • Legislation inspired by the report has been introduced in the Maryland legislature -- DRCNet is represented in the first hearing in Annapolis this Friday!
  • We are assisting a major, national cable network with a hard-hitting documentary on the medical marijuana issue.
  • We have played a key role finding plaintiffs for a lawsuit being brought by the ACLU.
  • We are literally revolutionizing our web site and how we use it: Starting late next month we will be running daily content and doing it in a way that will increase our audience, grow our list, carve out new spaces for drug policy reform in the online public issues dialogue using a special blogosphere outreach strategy, and build and support the drug reform movement as a whole, while preparing the way for a concerted effort to get the media to recognize the consequences of prohibition for what they are.
  • We are broadening our long-running campaign against the Higher Education Act's drug provision to include more drug war issues and into the states.
  • Our Drug War Chronicle newsletter has published nearly 150 articles already this year -- one of them almost got us on a national news talk show, a nice demonstration of what our serious, in-depth reporting has the potential to achieve.
  • Google News is now including Drug War Chronicle articles in its alerts and news search engine.

With just three full-time people plus part-timers and on a budget of a few hundred thousand dollars a year to get all this done, DRCNet is a big bargain. But grants and major gifts account for only a portion of our budget, and most of those are coming later in the year this time. This all means that without your small or mid-sized donations now, we can't continue to do it. Our page for credit card donations can be found at http://stopthedrugwar.org/donate/ online -- consider signing up to donate monthly -- and check or money order donations can be sent to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036. (Note that contributions to Drug Reform Coordination Network, which support our lobbying work, are not tax-deductible. Deductible contributions supporting our educational work can be made to DRCNet Foundation, same address.) Lastly, please contact us for instructions if you wish to make a donation of stock.

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I hope to hear from you soon -- we really need your help right now -- our heartfelt thanks in advance. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

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Issue #427 -- 3/17/06

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Feature: The Misuse of SWAT -- Paramilitary Policing in the Drug War | Feature: Cincinnati Marching Boldly Backward With New Marijuana Ordinance | Feature: Portland Initiative Would Make Marijuana "Lowest Law Enforcement Priority" | Hitting the Ground Running in 2006 -- With Your Help | Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | Medical Marijuana: DEA, Local Cops Raid Another California Collective -- Angel Raich Arrested at Protest | Marijuana: East Bay DEA Raids Take Out Marijuana Candy Supplier | Free Speech: High School Student's "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Banner Protected by First Amendment, 9th Circuit Says | Medical Marijuana: Steve Kubby Back in Jail for 60 Days -- Or Less | Latin America: Argentine Appeals Court Throws Out Medical Marijuana Conviction | Southwest Asia: Afghanistan to Encourage Opium Lords to Invest at Home, Official Says | Middle East: Israel's Green Leaf (Marijuana) Party Could Win Knesset Seats | Web Scan: BBC, Newsday Rockefeller Editorial, A Drug War Prisoner on the Net | Weekly: This Week in History | Weekly: The Reformer's Calendar

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