Read about the RAVE act and then do something about it!

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by RMJL, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. Dear UUDPR participants,

    Greetings! Now that Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform is
    giving public witness to the UUA's new drug policy Statement of
    Conscience, we encourage you to take action to oppose the most dangerous
    drug policy legislation currently moving through Congress. The action
    alert pasted below was written by the Drug Policy Alliance. (For more
    information, see http://www.drugpolicy.org .)

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

    All the best,

    Charles Thomas, executive director
    Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform
    http://www.uudpr.org
    301-938-1577


    ACTION ALERT:


    As you may know already, the Senate may soon
    vote on the RAVE Act, a dangerous bill that is a
    threat to free speech, property rights and public
    health. Groups that SUPPORT THE DRUG WAR have
    launched a campaign to get voters to write their
    Senators in support of the RAVE Act. It is
    extremely important that you write your Senators
    and tell them to oppose the bill. Senators need
    to hear that the RAVE Act will punish innocent
    business owners, hurt the very people it's meant
    to help, and squash events that federal prosecutors
    don't like.

    IT IS URGENT THAT YOU ACT RIGHT AWAY. The Senate
    could be voting on the RAVE Act as early as
    September 3rd.

    ACTIONS TO TAKE

    ** Write your Senators today. To find out who your
    Senators are go to:
    http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm.

    Talking points and a sample letter are below
    (although it's best to use you own words).

    For more information on the RAVE Act see:
    http://www.drugpolicy.org/action/RaveBill.html

    ** Please forward this e-mail to friends and family.
    Thousands of pro-drug war voters are writing their
    Senators in support of the RAVE Act. Senators need
    to get thousands of letters from opponents of the
    RAVE Act.

    ACT NOW!

    TALKING POINTS FOR LETTERS TO SENATORS

    *** I am writing to express my opposition to the
    S.2633, the "Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to
    Ecstasy Act of 2002" (RAVE Act), which is a threat
    to free speech, property rights and public health.

    *** The RAVE Act will hurt the very people it's meant
    to protect. We need to protect teens from the dangers
    of drugs. Unfortunately, the RAVE Act will drive
    raves and other musical events further underground
    and away from emergency care and hospitals. Moreover,
    by insinuating that selling bottled water, offering
    air-conditioned "cool off" rooms and having ambulances
    present is proof that owners and promoters know that
    drug use is occurring at their events, the bill may
    make business owners too afraid to implement the kind
    of safety measures that will save lives.

    *** The RAVE Act unfairly punishes businessmen and women
    for the actions of their customers. It is too broadly
    written and could subject innocent business owners to
    enormous fines or prison sentences, especially restaurant
    and nightclub owners, concert promoters, landlords, and
    real estate managers. Business owners could be
    prosecuted even if they took steps to stop drug use on
    their property.

    *** While some supporters of the RAVE Act are trying to
    distort the debate over this bill by saying it has
    nothing to do with free speech, the RAVE Act will
    stifle musical expression and is clearly a threat to
    free speech and the right to dance. If the bill
    becomes law, property owners may be too afraid to rent
    or lease their property to groups holding all-night
    dance parties, rock or Hip-Hop concerts, or any other
    event rightly or wrongly perceived as attracting drug
    users (essentially any event that attracts a young
    crowd.)

    SAMPLE LETTER

    The Honorable (full name of Senator)
    United States Senate
    Washington, D.C. 20510

    Dear Senator (last name):
    I am writing to express my opposition to S.2633, the
    "Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of
    2002" (RAVE Act), which is a threat to free speech,
    property rights and public health. While a number of
    groups are trying to claim that the RAVE Act isn't
    about attacking one kind of music or punishing innocent
    business owners, it is clear from reading the bill and
    examining recent case law that they are wrong.

    The RAVE Act will hurt the very people it's meant to
    protect. We need to protect teens from the dangers of
    drugs. Unfortunately, the RAVE Act will drive raves and
    other musical events further underground and away from
    emergency care and hospitals. Moreover, by insinuating
    that selling bottled water, offering air-conditioned
    "cool off" rooms and having ambulances present is proof
    that owners and promoters know that drug use is
    occurring at their events, the bill may make business
    owners too afraid to implement the kind of safety
    measures that will save lives.

    The RAVE Act also unfairly punishes businessmen and
    women for the actions of their customers. It is too
    broadly written and could subject innocent business
    owners to enormous fines or prison sentences,
    especially restaurant and nightclub owners, concert
    promoters, landlords, and real estate managers.
    Business owners could be prosecuted even if they took
    steps to stop drug use on their property. The
    government can't even keep drugs out of its own
    prisons, yet it's seeking to punish business owners
    for failing to stop their customers from using drugs.

    Please oppose S.2633, the RAVE Act. Drug abuse is a
    serious problem that demands serious attention, but
    this bill will do more harm than good.
     

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