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Crunch time in California! (Action Alert)

It's coming down to the wire in California!

Californians are casting their votes on Proposition 19, the initiative to make marijuana legal and regulate it similarly to alcohol, and the latest polls show it is neck and neck heading down the stretch.  Voter turnout could very well be the deciding factorin this close race, so it's time to crank up the effort to get out the vote.

There are just about 8 days left before Election Day, and regardless of whether you live in California YOU CAN HELP!

Call Women Voters

SAFER and its project, the Women's Marijuana Movement, have teamed up with Just Say Nowto create an on-line phone banking tool that allows female marijuana activists across the country to place phone calls to women voters in California. 

Click HEREor visit to find out more and begin placing calls to female voters in California.

Call Young Voters

SAFER allies Just Say Now and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)have set up a system that allows people in any state to contact young voters in California and urge them to get out to vote for Prop. 19.

Click HEREor visit find out more and begin placing calls to young voters in California.


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Help Legalize Marijuana in CA

Call California voters today and urge them to vote "Yes" on Prop. 19.

Dear friends,

We're closer than ever to winning the fight against marijuana prohibition.

On November 2nd, Californians will vote on Proposition 19, which would legalize personal possession of marijuana for adults and allow cities and counties to regulate its sale.

Right now, polls indicate that Prop. 19 has a good chance of passing. But the fight is so close that voter turnout will make all the difference. That's why we need you to call California mail-in voters today and urge them to vote "Yes" on Prop. 19.

California has a long history of setting legal precedents that other states follow. That means that even though you live in District of Columbia, Prop. 19 is a big deal. If marijuana is legalized in California, there's a better chance it will be legalized in District of Columbia.

The battle is close, and to end decades of failed marijuana prohibition we need to make sure Californians vote.Click here to make a few calls today and bring us to victory on November 2nd!

Even if you've never called voters before, our friends at the Yes on 19 campaign created a tool that makes it easy. Just click here to sign up to their phonebank. After you do, you'll be given the number of a mail-in voter and a script that will guide you through the process.

We have a real chance at getting marijuana legalized in California. Your help today is crucial in making it happen.


Stephen Gutwillig
State Director, California
Drug Policy Action

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California Beer & Beverage Distributors Don't Speak for Us

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Alert: California Marijuana Legalization Needs Your Help NOW

Dear drug policy reformer,
You may have read about me this week on My family and over 60 employees in California produce the best-selling natural brand of soap in the United States. Last week I made a personal $75,000 donation for a statewide "Yes We Cannabis" student fire truck tour of campuses throughout California, registering voters and getting people to the polls to pass Prop 19 and legalize cannabis this Election Day. You can read about why I decided to do this here.

I'm writing because and the Prop 19 campaign need your help. Polls show Prop 19 in the lead, but it's close, and voter turnout in this midterm election year could make or break it. There are important initiatives in Arizona, South Dakota and Oregon too. Whether you live in one of these states or not, there are thins that you can help with:
  • Register to Vote: Click here to print a form out that you or your friends can submit to your local election office. You have to register by the 18th to vote in California this year.
  • Phone Bank: Call people in California to get them out to the polls: Sign up to phone bank using email or Facebook or  Twitter. Join the Group on the site. Watch the Prop 19 phone bank training video. Go to the dashboard (between noon and 11:59 EST) and choose California or one of the other initiative states. (Make sure you've watched the video.) Then start calling voters. (Don't forget to invite more people to join the effort too.)

I'm grateful to Richard Lee for putting Prop 19 on the ballot with $1.5 million of his own money, and I'm proud that I could do this for Prop 19 too. Now it's your turn: The time members spend at home or a friend's home or a coffee shop with your cell phone, could literally be what makes legalization happen this year. So please sign up and volunteer today!


David Bronner, President
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

P.S. Voter registration in California ends on Monday, a few days from now. So please don't wait -- please volunteer today!

The Time is NOW -- Support CA Prop 19!

Dear reformer:

The time is now. Polls show California's marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, several points in the lead, but with voter turnout in this midterm election year being key -- see our latest report. There are important medical marijuana initiatives in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota too. Whether you live in one of these states or not, there are ways that you can help:
Voter Registration. If you live in California, Oregon or South Dakota, but are not yet registered to vote, there is still time to register and be able to vote on one of these initiatives. And voting is important wherever you live, not just the initiative states -- see our election coverage archive for a sense of just how much. If you are not yet registered to vote, please visit our online 50-state voter registration tool to print out a form that you can mail or deliver to your election office. California and South Dakota have a registration deadline of October 18th, and Oregon's is October 12th! Please send this link to all your friends too.

Get Out the Vote Phone Calling. has partnered with the "Just Say Now" campaign to enable any of our supporters who have telephones to do get out the vote work supporting Prop 19 or the other initiatives. Just take the following steps:

  • Click here to sign up. You can use your Facebook or Twitter account, or register with an email address and password.
  • Visit the group page and click the "join" link in the center of the page.
  • Watch the training video. (Video also appears below.)
  • Visit the phonebank dashboard page, where you can click through to phone bank for any of those four states (between noon and 11:59pm EST). Select a state. Begin phone calling. (Make sure you've watched the training video.)
  • Invite more people to join the effort.

Canvassing. If you live in one of the initiative states or can get there, you may be able to canvas door to door, you can put a sign up in your yard, there are other ways to help. Visit the campaigns' web sites to sign up: Arizona, California, Oregon, South Dakota. If you do canvassing in California, consider doing so as a volunteer -- along with the campaign's materials, you would also bring email signup sheets recruiting for both our newsletter and the campaign (downloadable here).

Endorse the Initiative. If you are a prominent individual or a respected member of your community, your endorsement might be useful to the campaign. Please download the Prop 19 campaign's endorsement packet here -- bring it to other people whose names you think might help too. Send the last page of the packet (the endorsement form) to's efax number, 1-202-355-0298. (We will forward it to the campaign, but we also want to know if you heard about it from us.) If you don't have access to a fax machine, mail it as soon as possible to the address listed on the form, or use the web page listed on the form to submit your endorsement.



David Borden, Executive Director
P.O. Box 18402
Washington, DC 20036

P.S. Please visit our web site to make a donation of any size you can afford. Your support is what makes all of our work possible.


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Be Part of History -- Help Legalize Marijuana in California!

Watch the instructional video and start making calls today!

Hi Friends,

You can use your phone to directly help legalize marijuana!

Our Just Say Now Phonebank is a virtual system that provides you with a free, quick & easy way to reach individual voters in states voting on marijuana initiatives.

There are thousands of voters in Arizons, California, Oregon and South Dakota who need to hear from you, and we need your help. 

Help us end the war on marijuana - start calling voters in support of marijuana reform today. Click here to start calling:

Ourgoal is to call 100,000 voters in California in the next 30 days.  If 5,000 people call 20 voters each, about 5 calls per week, we can reach that goal.  You don't have to do it all yourself, though - pass this email to your friends and ask them to call.

Each call just takes a few minutes, and you can start calling voters with just your email address or Facebook account. There's evena video that explains how to call, step by step.

If you're in an SSDP chapter, you can earn points and compete with other chapters everytime you call or rectruit people to your chapter's team. Points are updated in real time on our leaderboard!

Voicing your support for this issue has never been easier or more urgently important, so start calling voters today.

Let's make history, let's make marijuana legal. 

Aaron Houston

Exectutive Director
Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Connect with SSDP


Please help us grow our grassroots movement to end the failed War on Drugs by inviting family and friends to join.


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Women Taking Action Nationwide -- California's Proposition 19


Tomorrow, women throughout California and across the nation will speak out in support of Proposition 19, the California ballot initiative to control and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. Women in cities across the nation will also be participating to show their support for marijuana legalization and announce efforts to begin organizing women in their areas.

You can help make this nationwide effort a huge success by attending the event nearest you.  Scroll down to see the complete list of WMM Day Of Action event locations and times.

This effort is being coordinated by the Women's Marijuana Movement, a project of SAFER intended to increase support for marijuana legalization among women.  If you have not already signed on to be a part of the movement you can do so today by visiting today.

Please note that locations have been added or changed in California, Florida, and Texas.

Event Times, Locations, and Contacts


Los Angeles
10:30 a.m.

In front of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's office, 4700 W. Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park

Contact: Lynette Shaw, 323-334-6995
* Women will deliver Sheriff Baca a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *

11 a.m. 

In front of of Oakland City Hall, 
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Contact:  Samantha Talavera, 602-430-1793

Redlands -- University of Redlands
12 p.m.
Hunsucker Plaza, University of Redlands, 
1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands
Contact: Andrew Bobroff, 410-804-3979

San Diego
10:30 a.m.
In front of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis's office
, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego
Contact: Gretchen Bergman, 619-884-3561
* Women will deliver District Attorney Dumanis a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *

San Jose -- San Jose State University
11 a.m.
Inside the Student Union, 1 Washington Square, San Jose
Contact: Fiza Najeeb, 925-872-2792

Santa Ana (Orange County)
11 a.m.
In front of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens's office, 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana
Contact:  Kandice Hawes, 724-928-9129
* Women will deliver Sheriff Hutchens a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *


12 p.m.
In front of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building
, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver (corner of Colfax & Bannock)
Contact:  Eva Enns, 720-620-5931


Ft. Lauderdale -- Florida Atlantic University
11:30 a.m.
In front of the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., 
Fort Lauderdale
Contact: Sabrina, 56-755-7506

6:45 p.m.
NE corner of Bruce B Downs Blvd. and E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
Contact: Cyndi Hamad, 727-421-7862


12 p.m.
In front of The Grove Plaza (Front St. & 8th Street)

Contact:  Theresa Knox, 208-353-7331


Columbia -- University of Missouri
11 a.m.
Speakers Circle
Contact:  Devon Slavens, 816-651-6405

1 p.m.
Spiva Park in front of The Globe
Contact: Linda Yelvington, 417-499-9055

Kansas City
10 a.m.
Liberty Memorial
, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City
Contact:  Kelley Wesley, 417-327-9595


12:30 p.m.
NW Corner of the Higgins Street Bridge (near the Wilma Theatre), Missoula
Contact:  Heather Masterson, 406-370-0604


10 a.m.
27th and O St., Lincoln

Contact:  Melanie Marshall, 402-415-7373

12 PM 

72nd and Dodge, Omaha

Contact:  Melanie Marshall, 402-415-7373


12 p.m.
In front of the New Jersey State House Building, 
125 W. State St., Trenton
Contact: Dawn Schiaretti, 609-553-3783


Saratoga Springs
12 p.m.
Town Center, 
Corner of Lake and Broadway, near the police station, courthouse, and Skidmore University
Contact: Kat Dancz, 518-541-2719


4:30 p.m.
Pioneer Square at SW 6th & Broadway 

Contact:  Jennifer Alexander, 503-839-5969


11 a.m.
In front of the Texas Pioneer Woman Monument, Texas State Capitol Grounds
, 1100 Congress Ave.
Contact:  Cheyanne Weldon, 337-349-9314

College Station -- Texas A&M University
11 a.m.
In front of the Sul Ross statue by the Academic Building, Texas A&M University campus
Contact:  Pru Reardon, 713-560-2708

Fort Worth
11:30 a.m.
In front of the fountain on the east side of Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth (corner of Weatherford and Commerce)
Contact:  Elizabeth Rodriguez, 817-896-4898

11 a.m. 

In front of City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston
Contact:  Anne Webster, 832-693-5800

PROTEST (9/22): No Life in Prison for Medical Marijuana! (Action Alert)


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Life in Prison for Growing Medical Marijuana? 

Not in Colorado!

Dear MMJ Supporters,

Colorado caregiver Christopher Bartkowicz is facing life in federal prison for growing medicine for sick Colorado patients. We need your help in bringing attention to this government supported atrocity.  Join us on Wednesday, September 22 at 8am as we rally at the Federal Courthouse in Denver.  Then make your way inside to show support as Bartkowicz’s attorney makes the most important arguments of the case-- whether all charges should be dismissed because Bartkowicz was following Colorado law. Concurrently, the US Attorney will argue Bartkowicz should be prohibited from even mentioning the words “medical marijuana” at his jury trial scheduled for November 1st, 2010.

This is a crucial day for medical marijuana in Colorado, and we need your support to tell the feds we will not stand by as they attempt to destroy Colorado’s medical marijuana community!

WHAT:     Protest to support Chris Bartkowicz and Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients

WHEN:    Wednesday, September 22nd, 8:00-9:30am
WHERE:  Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse (west entrance), 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294.  MAP
WHY:       No one should be sent to jail for growing legal medical marijuana.
WHAT TO BRING: Signs, water bottles, noise making devices

**Want to help Sensible Colorado continue fighting for sane marijuana policies?  Donate Today!

Sensible Colorado | PO Box 18768 | Denver CO 80218

901 19th Street Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse (west entrance)
Denver, CO 80294
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Stand Up to Big Alcohol (Action Alert)

The alcohol industry is fueling the campaign to defeat Proposition 19in California so that adults cannot make the safer choice to use marijuana.

According to campaign finance reports, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors State Issues Committee donated $10,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the initiative that would establish a legal and regulated marijuana market and provide adults with a safer recreational alternative to alcohol. 

We understand why Big Alcohol wants to protect its turf and keep Californians drinking; but why does the No on Prop. 19 campaign -- which is calling itself "Public Safety First" -- share this goal?

Click on the button below or visit send a message to the head of the No on Prop. 19 campaign, calling on him to explain why the campaign is working with Big Alcohol to drive Californians to drink.  Then visit the campaign's website -- -- and find out how you can help bring about a victory this November.

You will be redirected to the Yes on 19 website after taking action!


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Support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act!

Wednesday, September 15, was a National Call-In Day supporting S. 714, Sen. Jim Webb's bill establishing a National Criminal Justice Commission to do a full, top-to-bottom study of the wreck that is the US criminal justice system. But the work has just begun! If you haven't already, please call your two US senators to urge their support for this important and historic bill. The House of Representatives has already passed their version of the commission bill, so if the Senate passes S. 714 it will be almost law!

You can reach your two US senators (or find out who they are) by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You can also look up their numbers using your zip code, and download a set of talking points, at a page set up by the group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, available here. (If you are not from the United States, please forward this to drug policy and justice reform supporters you know who are.)

Thank you for taking action for JUSTICE. Please let us know if you get any good feedback from your senators' staff members that we should know about.

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