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NORML and NORML Women’s Alliance Join “Caravan for Peace” Campaign

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Caravan For Peace And NORMLAdvocacy Group Joins Growing Coalition Pushing For Drug Policy Reform

by Sabrina Fendrick

NORML and the NORML Women’s Alliance are pleased to announce their support and official endorsement of The Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity, along with the American-based organization Global Exchange’s “Caravan for Peace.”

“This campaign will draw public attention to the damage marijuana
prohibition is causing not only in our country, but in Mexico as well. This multi-national coalition of drug reform, human rights, religious and progressive organizations have come together with one objective; raising awareness about, and ending, our 75 year violent and failed drug prohibition,” said Sabrina Fendrick of the NORML Women’s Alliance.

From the website:] The Caravan represents one element of a broad strategy responding to Mexico’s violent national emergency resulting from Drug War policies (in Mexico and the U.S.) gone tragically wrong. The idea of the Caravan is to make Mexico’s national emergency tangible in the United States and to create a platform where those affected by the Drug War from Mexico, the U.S. and elsewhere can join their voices to inform public opinion on both sides of the border.

The Caravan takes place at a politically charged moment. It begins in San Diego, six weeks after Mexico’s July 1 presidential election and arrives in Washington, D.C. in September, six weeks prior to the U.S. elections. This summer we will bring communities together around events large and small, turning awareness into action and building a movement that will continue pushing for changes at the local, state, national and international level long after the Caravan has passed through.

 

Caravan For Peace Map

Image Via http://www.caravanforpeace.org

The U.S. Caravan’s mission is, among other things:

  • To make the connections between the impacts of the Drug War in Mexico (violence, deaths and rise of organized crime) and in the U.S. (criminalization, incarceration, and life-long marginalization- disproportionately affecting African-American and Latino communities);
  • To promote a civil society discourse with the American public and opinion leaders about the policies (easy access to assault weapons, militarization of drug enforcement and U.S. prohibition policies) at the root of the crisis;
  • To foster collaboration and effective solidarity among a broad range of progressive, grassroots, religious, humanitarian and other organizations; and
  • To leave, in the Caravan’s wake, informed, organized, and mobilized communities of activists who will pursue reform strategies in the near and long-term on both sides of the border.

NORML chapters across the country, as well as NORML Women’s Alliance community groups will be taking part in the campaign as the caravan arrives in their respective locations. If there are other groups who are interested in getting involved with the Caravan, please click here to find your local contact.

Article from The NORML Blog and republished with permission.

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  1. How ironic that religious leaders were amongst those who felt the burning need to criminalize cannabis. Now, religious leaders are amongst those who see the need to end this fruitless war on cannabis users. At first, those who supported the Volstead Act believed it was better to take away God given free will to use alcohol. But, even an Apostle said, “A little wine was good for the stomach”. The key in the issue of cannabis use, as in the use of alcohol, is moderation. We must trust ourselves to use our free will with moderation. Prohibition can not help but increase the desire to use cannabis, if only to rebel against what a majority of citizens see as a bad policy. We can’t go on trying to force free born people to give up their free will to employ their self determination. We must trust ourselves, again. We have laws to deal with those who are reckless. But, to call all use “drug abuse” is wrong. To have one beer is abuse? The time to heal up our nation & once again embrace the belief in responsible behaviour is now. We have seen the effects of prohibition, now we must regulate cannabis, like alcohol. Please, contact your US Congressmen & tell them your vote will go to candidates who favor regulation. Here is their official link: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

  2. Mexico’s gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.

    Alcohol Prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn’t changed since the 1920s when the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Drug Prohibition has turned Mexico into a civil war zone. Dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals. Our intentions in prohibiting these substances may well be good but the result of our inability to recognize the futility of such an action will both deepen and prolong the agony caused by this extremely counter-productive and dangerous policy.

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