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Bolivian Chapare Coca Growers Resist Eradication- Indiscriminate Use Of Violence By Joint Task Force

Coca Growers Resist Eradication

In response to the failure of alternative development to provide subsistence for the approximately 35,000 coca growing families affected by forced eradication in the Chapare region and the government's failure to completely comply with agreements signed in October, 2001, Chapare coca growers have again begun to resist U.S.-funded eradication efforts.

During the past two months Chapare campesinos have carried out massive concentrations in the sectors where eradication forces (Joint Task Force and Expeditionary Task Force) in an effort to impede further eradication.

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Andean Information Network at paz@albatros.cnb.net

Medical Marijuana Goes to the Supreme Court

Upcoming Forum Sponsored by the Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation.

Medical marijuana continues to make news as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case, US v. Oakland Cannabis Buyer' Cooperative. Last month, Santa Clara University Law Professor, Gerald Uelmen argued before the Supreme Court that exceptions should be made for seriously ill patients and that the government itself has made exceptions in the past. Gerald Uelmen will be speaking at an upcoming forum sponsored by the Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation.

Other professionals in the field of medical marijuana who will be speaking at the forum are:

Tod H.

Julie Ruckel at 415-921-4987

Over 100 Top Latin American Leaders Call on President Bush to Halt "Plan Colombia" at Upcoming Summit of the Americas

Nobel Laureates, Political and Religious Ministers, Civic and Cultural Leaders Call U.S. Anti-Drug Aid Source of Violence, Threat to Environment

Days before the Summit of the Americas began in Quebec City, a formidable cross-section of Latin American leadership called on President Bush to go back to the drawing board with "Plan Colombia," charging that the U.S.-backed anti drug campaign is fueling a bloody war, poisoning food crops and the environment, and forcing tens of thousands of poor farmers off their land.

The remarkable group - composed of former heads of state, cabinet ministers and legislators, as well as prominent authors, intellectuals, a

Tony Newman at 510-208-7711 or Shayna Samuels at 212-547-6916

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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