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Email from Ethan Nadelmann:

The Drug Policy Alliance is an ambitious organization, as are our supporters. We won’t settle for anything less than a wholesale end to the war on drugs. I need you to stay with us as a financial contributor until we get there. And now is a great time to give, as a major donor has made a special challenge. Through December 31, she will match dollar-for-dollar all increases in gifts over last year and all gifts from new donors.

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Your donation will be put to immediate use on both our long term vision and short term objectives.

We must focus on our long term vision–reducing as much as possible the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with drugs and the people who use them. That’s why it’s important for us to stir up debates about drug prohibition, like the widespread debate sparked by my recent cover story in Foreign Policy magazine, or the keynote appearance by the United Nations’ drug czar at the recent DPA-hosted International Drug Policy Reform Conference, where we challenged him on some of the key assumptions of global drug prohibition.

But where we spend most of our money is on the small steps–syringe availability in New Jersey and Los Angeles, the medical marijuana distribution system in New Mexico, and treatment instead of incarceration in California, just to name a few examples–because these incremental reforms help people now, and they also legitimize our broader message.

We advocate for these and other reforms while working in the media, in the courts and through public education to oppose new drug war initiatives and promote in their place alternatives based on science, compassion, health and human rights. This work is about changing hearts and minds. If you already believe in our mission, then take the next step and support this work with a gift today.

It’s a great time to make a donation. If you renew by December 31 and increase your donation over last year’s, a major donor has agreed to match the amount of your increase dollar-for-dollar. If you’ve never given a donation before, then your first-time gift will be doubled.

Your gift will be put to work immediately to end the war on drugs and replace it with compassionate and just policies. I’m excited about the prospects for big reform in 2008, and I’ll report back to you on how your gift is used throughout the year.

Thank you for considering my request. Please give today!

Written by Leisureguy

28 December 2007 at 9:18 am

Posted in Drug laws

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