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The Failed Drug War: Shadow Conventions Spotlight Issues Parties Won't Touch

Money-Dominated Politics, Growing Inequality and Poverty Amidst Prosperity

In the wake of the major parties' little noted and highly scripted platform proceedings, an unprecedented coalition of Democrats and Republicans, community activists and political leaders, comedians and celebrities affirmed their commitment to a powerful alternative to the party conventions.

Shadow Conventions 2000: A Citizens' Intervention in American Politics will counter the conventional by focusing on issues that the parties just won't touch.

Landmark Bill to Prevent Drug Overdose Passes CA Legislature with Unanimous Bipartisan Support, Awaits Governor

Drug Deaths Match those from Car Crashes, Gunshot Wounds in Some Counties

A California Senator and emergency room physician today joined a widow whose husband died of a heroin overdose to urge Governor Gray Davis to support the nation's first drug overdose prevention bill. The bill has already passed the California State Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support, and now awaits the Governor's signature to turn the bill into law.

"Overdose rates keep escalating, with 1,400 Californians dying every year," says Senator Martha Escutia, a Democrat from Norwalk who authored the bill. "Many, if not most, of these deaths are preventable.

Tony Newman at 510-208-7711 or Glenn Backes at 916-444-3751

Movement Founder Dies

Used Federal Supplies of Marijuana for 25 Years

Sarasota, Florida - Robert Randall, whose landmark court case launched the medical marijuana movement in America, died on June, 2, 2001. He was 53.

Randall made legal and medical history in 1976 when a federal court in Washington, D.C. ruled that his use of marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma was a medical necessity. This marked the first time that the common law concept of necessity was applied to a medical condition.

At the same time, Randall successfully petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to use marijuana legally.

Tony Newman at 941-922-4381

New Report Finds Stark Racial Disparities in Arrests of Drug Sellers in Seattle

More Whites Sell Drugs, But By Far More Blacks Are Arrested, Says New Report
Seattle Study Latest Evidence of War on Drugs Disproportionately Impacting People of Color

A groundbreaking study of the racial disparities in arrest rates for individuals who sell drugs in Seattle was released this week. The study, commissioned by Seattle public defenders and authored by University of Washington sociologist Katherine Beckett, shows that African-Americans who sell drugs in Seattle are much more likely to be arrested than Caucasian offenders.

Tony Newman at 212-613-8026 or Shayna Samuels at 718-541-4785
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