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Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

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With the launch of our new web site, The Reformer's Calendar no longer appears as part of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter but is instead maintained as a section of our new web site:

The Reformer's Calendar publishes events large and small of interest to drug policy reformers around the world. Whether it's a major international conference, a demonstration bringing together people from around the region or a forum at the local college, we want to know so we can let others know, too.

But we need your help to keep the calendar current, so please make sure to contact us and don't assume that we already know about the event or that we'll hear about it from someone else, because that doesn't always happen.

We look forward to apprising you of more new features of our new web site as they become available.

Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Dear Drug War Chronicle reader:

DRCNet now has extensive new content that is now going onto our web site on a daily basis since the re-launch of our web site.

https://stopthedrugwar.org/files/homepage.jpg
The focus of our new expanded efforts (though not the totality of them) is the "Stop the Drug War Speakeasy" blogosphere project. In the Speakeasy, you can read daily news, commentary, press releases and announcements from our many allied groups in the movement, links to interesting articles in other blogs, DRCNet's take on what's new and important in the issue without having to wait until Friday.

Some of the latest posts include the following:

There is also a Latest News feed of links to drug policy stories in the media, an updated Cops Against the Drug War section, and much more coming soon.

Thanks for joining us! Please if you're able to make a donation to support this and other work.

Sincerely,


David Borden
Executive Director

Pot Politics

It's going to be a lot of pot politics in the Drug War Chronicle this week. With the November elections now little more than a month away, there are developments in both Colorado and Nevada, the two states where measures that would free the weed are on the ballot. In Colorado, SAFER Colorado campaign director Mason Tvert is debating Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today.

In Nevada, the Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana reported late last week that its internal polling shows its initiative leading by a margin of 49% to 43%. I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, this will be the breakthrough year where we actually win a legalize marijuana campaign. But now, organized opposition is starting to rear its ugly head in both states. This week, I'll be reporting on both states, and I'll be trying to talk to some of these opponents and some neutral observers as well as the usual suspects.

Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition is also the title of a new book edited by SUNY-Albany psychology professor Mitch Earleywine. It includes chapters by a number of folks who should be familiar to readers of the Chronicle, including Marijuana Policy Project communications director Bruce Mirken, the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative's Charles Thomas, and marijuana economist Jeffrey Miron. My review copy just arrived, but I intend to suck it down in the next couple of days and have a review ready for this pot-heavy issue.

My boss, Dave Borden, will grumble. We are the Drug Reform Coordination Network, not the Marijuana Reform Coordination Network, he will point out. He will want some balance, something about harm reduction or sentencing or treatment. Well, we'll get some of that this week, but it'll just be in the news briefs. This is a marijuana week.

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Chicago Medical Cannabis Working Group

The next meeting of the Medical Cannabis Working Group is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Temple in Oak Park. The last meeting was very inspiring, let's try to spread the word even more to invite others who might also benefit. The UU Temple has told us that they are more than happy to accomodate our meetings when they are able. At this meeting, we will address how we plan to expand our services, and how we can give support to other groups that are trying to form in different parts of Chicago, and downstate as well. The UU Temple is located on the corner of Lake St. and Kenilworth in Oak Park, close to Metra and Green Line stops. The meeting will be held at 124 North Kenilworth in Oak Park - in the living room of the Gale House behind the temple. MCWG meetings are open to any and all patients and physicians who are interested in learning more about cannabis as treatment, so we welcome everyone who is receiving this to pass this note on to those who may like to attend. More Info at: www.illinoisnorml.org
Data: 
Tue, 10/03/2006 - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
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875 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301-1341
United States

Be careful who you hang out with, Joe…we’re watching.

From the Journal Inquirer in Connecticut:

U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman on Wednesday attended a fundraiser in Florida organized by a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, a top aide to the senator confirmed.

Lieberman's communications director, Dan Gerstein, said the reception held at Mel Sembler's St. Petersburg offices - where guests were asked to contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the three-term incumbent's battle against Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont - went like "gangbusters."

Joe Lieberman is again publicly palling around with Mel Sembler of Mel and Betty Sembler, the mega-prohibitionists responsible for many atrocities (i.e. Straight, Inc.) and who are funding Calvina Fay’s current attack on SAFER and marijuana law reform in Colorado.

TAKE NOTE: According to Allen St. Pierre at NORML, Mel and Betty Sembler also used to help fund Lieberman and Bill Bennett's Empower America's anti-drug junkets and speaking gigs. If Lieberman wins re-election, prohibitionists like the Semblers will continue to have strong access to influential members of the House and Senate.

Want to know more about the Semblers? Read an article by Arnold Trebach, the “Grand Old Man” of drug policy reform and good friend of Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

As always, Radley Balko at The Agitator also has some great stuff on this.

And plenty more can be found here and here .

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Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

https://stopthedrugwar.org/files/appointmentbook.jpg
With the launch of our new web site, The Reformer's Calendar no longer appears as part of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter but is instead maintained as a section of our new web site:

The Reformer's Calendar publishes events large and small of interest to drug policy reformers around the world. Whether it's a major international conference, a demonstration bringing together people from around the region or a forum at the local college, we want to know so we can let others know, too.

But we need your help to keep the calendar current, so please make sure to contact us and don't assume that we already know about the event or that we'll hear about it from someone else, because that doesn't always happen.

We look forward to apprising you of more new features of our new web site as they become available.

Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Dear Drug War Chronicle reader:

DRCNet now has extensive new content that is now going onto our web site on a daily basis since the re-launch of our web site.

https://stopthedrugwar.org/files/homepage.jpg
The focus of our new expanded efforts (though not the totality of them) is the "Stop the Drug War Speakeasy" blogosphere project. In the Speakeasy, you can read daily news, commentary, press releases and announcements from our many allied groups in the movement, links to interesting articles in other blogs, DRCNet's take on what's new and important in the issue without having to wait until Friday.

Some of the latest posts include the following:

There is also a Latest News feed of links to drug policy stories in the media, an updated Cops Against the Drug War section, and much more coming soon.

Thanks for joining us! Please if you're able to make a donation to support this and other work.

Sincerely,


David Borden
Executive Director

Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Dear Drug War Chronicle reader:

Most weeks I pen an editorial for this newsletter. Today I thought I would instead draw your attention to the extensive new content that is now going onto our web site on a daily basis since the re-launch of our web site.

https://stopthedrugwar.org/files/homepage.jpg
The focus of our new expanded efforts (though not the totality of them) is the "Stop the Drug War Speakeasy" blogosphere project. In the Speakeasy, you can read daily news, commentary, press releases and announcements from our many allied groups in the movement, links to interesting articles in other blogs, DRCNet's take on what's new and important in the issue without having to wait until Friday.

Some of the latest posts include the following:

There is also a Latest News feed of links to drug policy stories in the media, an updated Cops Against the Drug War section, and much more coming soon.

Thanks for joining us! Please if you're able to make a donation to support this and other work.

Sincerely,

David Borden
Executive Director

Taste of Justice

Press Release, September 10, 2006 Contact: Dennis Sobin 202-393-1511 [email protected] FIRST ANNUAL TASTE OF JUSTICE FAIR FEATURES EX-PRISONER AUTHOR, PAINTER AND ACTIVIST ANTHONY PAPA, MUSIC AND PRISON ART TThe first annual Taste of Justice fair will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 10 AM to 5 PM in Washington, DC at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library. It will feature acclaimed painter, author and ex-prisoner Anthony Papa, music, and prison arts and crafts. Cosponsored by WPFW radio, the event is free and open to the public. Many organizations from across America, including criminal justice advocacy, legal, educational, religious, and correctional, will be on hand to talk about and showcase their work. There will also be a stage where ex-inmate performing artists and others will entertain. Thanks to a grant received from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, painter and author Anthony Papa will make a guest appearance at Taste of Justice. In addition to being a highly-acclaimed painter, Tony Papa is the author of the book, 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom (Feral House). The book tells how Papa painted his way to freedom. Convicted of his first and only criminal offense in a police sting operation, Papa discovered painting while at Sing-Sing. His 15-year sentence was cut short when one of his works was selected for exhibition at the Whitney Museum, and he was granted clemency by Governor Pataki. Since his release, Papa has become a noted advocatet for law and prison reform. A movie is being planned about him. Organizations participating in the Taste of Justice Fair include The Sentencing Project, DC Prisoners Legal Services Project, Prisons Foundation, The Sentencing Project, ACLU National Prison Project, CURE, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Alternative Directions, Our Place, Grace Episcopal Church, First Trinity Lutheran Church, Penal Reform International, Asheville Prison Book Program, Witness to Innocence, International Community Corrections Association, The Beautiful Struggle, The Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Horton Dance!, Criminal and Restorative Justice Committee, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Journey of Hope, NY Campaign for Telephone Justice, PRASI, Justice Maryland and Victim Offender Mediation Association. Also appearing will be the premiere jazz ensemble MudPie, which will perform throughout the afternoon, providing a playful musical experience with drums, bass and guitar that is free from traditional restrictions. Ex-prisoner Dennis Sobin will perform classical guitar music. Prison art from across the country will be displayed from the Prisons Foundation's extensive collection. The location for Taste of Justice is the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW Washington, DC. For further information please visit www.TasteofJustice.org or call 202-393-1511.
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Sat, 09/30/2006 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
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901 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Among the features available on DRCNet's new web site are interactive possibilities for you to be a part of the web team. First and foremost are Reader Blogs, a section of the new "Stop the Drug War Speakeasy" blogosphere project. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/speakeasy/reader to check it out and start posting! (If you tried already and had trouble, please try again -- we have worked out some of the initial technical issues, though probably not yet all.) We will be devoting an increasing amount of attention over time to the Reader Blogs -- this is just the beginning!

You can now let us know about important or interesting news items of relevance by submitting them directly to our new Latest News section -- visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/node/add/content-recent_news to send your suggested news links to our moderators.

DRCNet continues to publish listings of events large and small that relate to the cause, but now we feature them in a listing that appears on most of the pages on our site and which links to a full calendar. If you are involved with or know of a relevant event, you can post it directly -- not just a short description as we have done previously, but the full announcement -- at our add event page at http://stopthedrugwar.org/node/add/event online.

Drug War Chronicle articles now have comments sections at the bottom of them, another way you can join in the discussion.

Coming soon: syndication feeds you can post on your web site, a substantial drug policy links database, and geographically-targeted content for your personalized web site view. To get that geographically-targeted content, though, you'll need to be logged to our new user accounts (same e-mail address you gave us previously, if you're a subscriber) and provide us with your location if you haven't already. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/user to log in or register or update your information. (Please let us know if you experience any error messages or problems with the user accounts -- we have gotten some of the issues fixed but we want to get it as close to perfect as we can.)

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