Dear Reformer:From prosecutions to asset forfeiture to sentencing to human rights, hardliners in Washington are trying to undo our progress. The president and the attorney general are pushing to ramp up the drug war. Committee chairs in Congress are stopping good bipartisan bills from getting voted on. Even medical marijuana is at risk now. The president has encouraged human rights violations in other countries' drug wars.
Your support has made our work possible for 24 years. Thanks to contributions from our members, StoptheDrugWar.org has pressed for reform, grown the movement, and advanced the legalization debate. But the challenges we're facing are more urgent today than ever.
Our organization continues to play a unique role for drug policy reform, in both the US and international arenas, and our staff make up some of the movement's most experienced human capital. Your generous donation will help us advance our programs and do our part to hold the line on policy. This year we've done the following:
- Organized an event at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs on extrajudicial killings in the drug war, which featured a video from the vice president of the Philippines that generated enormous attention in her country, throughout Asia, and in western outlets like TIME (two pieces) and Reuters.
- Presented at the UN on the ways drug prohibition undermines international development efforts, and on the progress of US marijuana legalization.
- Organized a global sign-on statement on the Philippines situation with nearly 300 signatories including leading NGOs and political and other leaders, and provided critical support to other groups' letters on drug testing, DEA prosecutions and other issues.
- Kept advocates at numerous organizations around the world informed on the full range of drug reform issues, by publishing the Drug War Chronicle newsletter. Issue 1,000 comes out this week!
We couldn't have done this without you, and we need your support to continue it in 2018. I hope you'll take a moment to renew your support or become a new member of our organization at this dangerous and critical, but still promising time in the issue.
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David Borden, Executive Director
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