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Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

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StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet) is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, this November 2-5 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Reform Conference, sponsored by our friends at the Drug Policy Alliance, is the major biennial gathering of drug policy reformers of all kinds. The last one, held in Albuquerque in 2009, brought together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries. This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. Click here to register -- early bird rates are available through September 16, and discounts are available for students.

Some testimonials from the 2009 conference:

"You leave the conference inspired and informed. Meeting this crowd of wise, energetic kindred spirits recharges your reform batteries."
--Michael Jourdan, Centre of Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen, Denmark

"This is the only conference that combines X-treme intelligence, passion, and practical applications. It is the best I ever attend."
--Patt Denning, Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco, California

"A living breathing think tank of like minds, crafting out solutions that keep people's dignity and human rights intact."
--Waheedah Sahabzz-El, Community HIV / AIDS Mobilization Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"This conference provided a new beginning for me, I now have a true passion for DPR."
--Susanne Widmer, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The Reform Conference gave me the courage to return to my Canadian community and give voice to the common sense of Drug Policy Reform. The experience provided me with the evidence, language and tools to be a credible, educated leader in changing the way we approach the issue of substance use in our community."
--Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


Hope to see you there.

Los Angeles, CA
United States

"No More Drug War" Rally Update

Hey "No More Drug War" rally supporters,

One month until the historic “No More Drug War” rally and concert in MacArthur Park (Thurs, Nov 3)! An update follows, including several requests for help. Your primary contact to follow up on any of this is Alana Rodriguez (copied above). Thanks!

RALLY: CONTENT

--Schedule: Folks will gather in MacArthur Park at 6:00 to eat (gourmet food trucks & Mama’s Hot Tamales), distribute signs, and network. The rally will start at 6:30; the concert will start at 7:30 and end by 9:00. (Buses from the conference will depart the Bonaventure Hotel at 5:30, returning to the hotel in waves, starting at the close of the rally.)

--Speakers: KPFK host and renowned artist LaloAlcaraz will emcee the event. Acclaimed poet Javier Sicilia, leader of the mass movement to end the drug war in Mexico, has agreed to address the rally.

--Performers: We will soon announce a local band to anchor the concert. Pete White of LA CAN is chairing a committee to select other local artists (spoken word, acoustic musicians, etc.). To participate in that committee or recommend local artists: [email protected]

--Signs: We will distribute hundreds of “No More Drug War” signs and encourage people to make and bring their own signs as well. If you would like to make signs for others, DPA will cover the expenses. Contact Alana for details.

RALLY: PROMOTION

--KPFKhas agreed to be the primary media sponsor. We have submitted calendar listings in every major mainstream outlet. Please let Alana know of community- or movement-based outlets that will promote this event.

--We have created a Facebook event page. Please RSVP and share the link: http://www.facebook.com/stephen.gutwillig#!/event.php?eid=278047215558009

--We are securing attendance commitments from every organization connected to DPA. You will hear from us to discuss your participation and how we can facilitate and incentivize the largest group possible.

--We will create a final digital and printed promotional piece for this event. Please let Alana know if you particularly want printed flyers to distribute.

CONFERENCE

Reform Conference registration is still available (http://www.reformconference.org/registration), and a nearly-final version of the schedule is online at http://www.reformconference.org/program/sessions.

See you next month!

Stephen Gutwillig | State Director, California
Drug Policy Alliance

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference

November 2-5, 2011 | Los Angeles, California | www.reformconference.org

No More Drug War: A Rally & Concert to End the War on Drugs

November 3, 2011 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, LA | www.nomoredrugwar.org/rally

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Gainesville Hemp Fest

Visit http://gvillehempfest.com for further information.

Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Gainesville, FL
United States

Scottish Needle Exchange Conference

Scottish Needle Exchange Conference

'Working Together'

Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, Scotland 

WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

 

The conference is the inaugural Scottish Needle Exchange Conference held to support the implementation of the first national needle exchange contract.

The primary aim of the conference is to communicate on a Scottish wide basis, trends within the needle exchange arena, and to support best practice, working together.

Visit http://www.snxc.org for further information.

Date: 
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Stirling, STG
United Kingdom

Only One Month Left Until Drug Policy Reform Conference



The Reform Conference is just a month away – have you secured your spot yet?

Click here to register to attend.

If you haven’t, you should soon. Booking your travel a month out will save you money. And you won’t want to miss what former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and current California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom have to say at the Opening Plenary!

The rest of the conference program is packed full with trainings, roundtable discussions addressing controversies within the movement, and panels exploring and sharing innovative approaches to reform challenges. Thursday evening you can stand up for justice at the No More Drug War rally at nearby MacArthur Park, hosted by dozens of local California organizations and emceed by KPFK radio personality Lalo Alcaraz.

And the activities and highlights don’t stop there…

Very soon we’ll be announcing three special Mobile Workshops – learning sessions that will take a select group of conference-goers out of the hotel and into the local community.

You’re also invited to host informal Community Meetings of your own during the conference. These meetings are meant to be your opportunity to organize reformers around action plans. They take place in open session rooms in the mornings, evenings and at lunch.

What do these Mobile Workshops and Community Meetings have in common? They’re only available to registered conference attendees – and they’ll be limited by space availability!

So register now…and I’ll see you in Los Angeles!

Stefanie Jones
Event Manager
Drug Policy Alliance

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Conference: Drugs and Drink in Asia

Conference organized by the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, at Shanghai University. Visit http://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/call-for-papers-drugs-and-drink-in-asia/ for further information including a call for papers.

Date: 
Fri, 06/22/2012 (All day) - Sun, 06/24/2012 (All day)
Location: 
Shanghai, 31
China

NORML Night: The Marijuana-Logues at Arlington Drafthouse (DC area)

Performances Friday and Saturday night. More information (including a ticket discount code) available at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143778015713969.

NoVa NORML show 8:30pm before Saturday night performance. (Update: the meeting has been postponed.)

Date: 
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 9:50pm - 11:59pm
Location: 
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
United States

NORML Night: The Marijuana-Logues at Arlington Drafthouse (DC area)

Performances Friday and Saturday night. More information (including a ticket discount code) available at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143778015713969.

NoVa NORML show 8:30pm before Saturday night performance. (Update: the meeting has been postponed.)

Date: 
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:50pm - 11:59pm
Location: 
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
United States

2011 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference

You're invited to the 2011 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference!

  • Date: Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2 
  • Time: 11am-6pm (10/1), 11am-4pm (10/2)
  • Location: Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building
                       565 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
  • Register for FREE here: ssdp.org/events/northeast-regional-ssdp-conference-2011 

This weekend, dozens of SSDPers from across the Northeast region will gather at Boston University for our annual Northeast Regional SSDP conference.  Please join us for two days of networking, learning, training, and other activities that will help strengthen our ability to be effective young drug policy reformers.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  Find this event on Facebook.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rick Doblin: Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Stacia Cosner: Associate Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Jason Ortiz: Regional Outreach Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

... and of course many other student leaders and alumni will be there to contribute to the discussion and  share their experiences as well.

See you in Boston on Saturday!

Best,

Jason Ortiz
Regional Outreach Coordinator, Northeast & Mountain Plains Regions
Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Date: 
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/02/2011 - 4:00pm
Location: 
556 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Students Against Mass Incarceration Special Open Mic

One Voice One Sound Presents Students Against Mass Incarceration Special Open Mic

Featuring Howard University performing artists in addition to OneVoice OneSound's Don D, LeftField, Sold D, D Money and others

Add Your Voice to Stop the New Jim Crow

 

September 29, 2011

9-12:30pm

Potter's House

1658 Columbia Rd. NW

Washington, DC

Date: 
Thu, 09/29/2011 - 9:00pm - Fri, 09/30/2011 - 12:30am
Location: 
1658 Columbia Rd. NW
Washington, DC
United States

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