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« on: February 09, 2007, 03:35:29 am »

Arm yourself with knowledge
"A work in progress"

I'll post links here as I find them and spend enough time checking them out to deam them credible.

Links to websites

Drug War Distortions
http://www.drugwardistortions.org/

This sites got a bunch of cool factiods debunking many of the myths. As well as many links to other related sites. Common Sense for Drug Policy seems to be behind this great website.

Human Rights and the Drug War
http://www.hr95.org/

"HRDW is a multi-media project that combines the stories and photos of Drug War POWs with facts and figures about the US Drug War, to confront the conscience of the American people and encourage individuals to take action for social justice."
-from the Human Rights and the Drug War site


this site is a great source of inspuration at the very least. It puts a real face on the human toll the drug war wizards seem so damn egar to pay.

Cannabis News
http://cannabisnews.com/index.shtml

A site dedicated to keeping you updated and informed.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007, 04:47:01 pm »

New page on CannabisFacts.ca... Resource Books

Jailed for Possession:
Illegal Drug Use, Regulation, and Power in Canada, 1920-1961

Not This Time:
Canadians, Public Policy, and the Marijuana Question, 1961-1975

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy


For more info about these books visit:
http://www.cannabisfacts.ca/resourcebooks.html

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007, 05:03:53 pm »

LTE writing resources:
http://frankdiscussion.netfirms.com/act_lte.html

Press Release writing resources:
http://frankdiscussion.netfirms.com/act_pr.html

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 05:07:55 pm »

Various resources related to organizing or attending a rally...

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A couple tips from "Steps for organizing a cannabis event"
(source: http://frankdiscussion.netfirms.com/organizeanevent.html )

At the event:

1. Provide Information literature to the general public e.g. info specific to the event, general cannabis info, info specifically to hand out to mainstream passersby, etc. Don't neglect the opportunity to educate and inform.

Cannabis Information pamphlets
http://frankdiscussion.netfirms.com/info_flyers.html


2. Activist recruitment efforts - get more people "on board" using a sign-up form, solicit email addresses, take a survey, etc. Ask people questions and get constructive feedback.

Rally Sign Ideas: Bring an effective sign to the event.
http://hwy420.ca/rallysignideas.html

At the bottom of the Rally Sign message page are some links to sign-making tips and advice
http://hwy420.ca/rallysignideas.html#resources

Why should cannabis law reform be an important issue for everyone?
http://hwy420.ca/whyyoushouldcare.html

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How to Organize Effective Demonstrations - http://www.nationalcenter.org/man2.htm

Posters and Signs.
Every rally should have hand-held posters and signs. Make sure yours are large, with tall, easy-to-read-at-a-distance lettering. Use a dark color for lettering against a light background or light lettering against a dark background. Choose script that is easy to read -- this is not the time for calligraphy. Short, to-the-point slogans are better than long statements. Slogans that rhyme, include a clever play on words, or those that would be suitable for chants make the best poster slogans. Art is good, but it should not be complex. A drawing of a pig, for example, can more easily communicate your opposition to wasteful government spending than a drawing of a specific pork-barrel project. Keep the following in mind: All signs must be readable at a distance, be understandable to an average person in a few seconds, and be just as clear on a black and white screen or photograph as it is in color.

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How To Organize a Demonstration
http://ran.org/act/activist_toolkit/organizing_a_demonstration/

Signs and other materials:
Colorful signs are essential for capturing people’s attention. Make signs that have bold letters and clear messages -- the fewer words, the better. You can paint your signs by hand or enlarge photos that illustrate your issue. Make sure your signs are readable from far away and make for good photo-ops. As with chants, the use of sarcasm or a play on words can be an effective way of communicating.

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How to organise a protest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/A1930916#5

Make placards and banners
Placards and banners are a striking way of immediately communicating your message to passers-by. If you have a logo or motto, it is important to make this clearly visible. Lower case letters are easier to read, especially from a distance, so avoid whole sentences in full capitals.


 
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7 STEPS IN ORGANIZING EVENTS
(*excerpt from Campus Organizing Guide for Social Justice Groups)

1) SETTING GOALS:
Public events are often the result of inspired brainstorming sessions, but when the dust settles, a difficult question must be asked:what are our goals for this event? Your group should set concrete goals for attendance and intended impact. This will give direction to your planning and a criteria for evaluating the event.
2) PLANNING:
Now that you have an idea and a set of goals, you should define your event. Why are you doing it? Who is it for? Where is it? When is it? After thorough planning, you may want to revise your goals.
3) DIVIDING UP RESPONSIBILITIES:
Make a list of everything that will need to be done and divide up responsibilities among members of the group:getting a rally permit, reserving rooms, filling out forms for student government, making food, etc. Core members and leaders should be sure to delegate tasks, so that one small clique doesn ’t end up monopolizing all the power and burning themselves out. If possible, devise a system to back up people who don ’t follow through with their responsibilities.
4) LOGISTICS, ORGANIZING, AND NET-WORKING:
Reserve rooms and get permits well in advance;make sure that speakers know what they will be speaking on;arrange transportation for participants. Ask other organizations on your campus to endorse the event or help to organize it. This will build support for your action and broaden its impact.
5) OUTREACH/PUBLICITY:
See pages 9 and 11 of this guide for Publicity and Media suggestions
6) LAST MINUTE PREPARATION:
What needs to be done on the day of the event? Make sure that a designated group of activists know what they need to do:calling the media, microphone, setup/cleanup, literature/donation/ signup table, food, etc.
7) EVALUATION:
This step is sometimes skipped because of exhaustion, but it is important for the core organizers to sit down and engage in self-criticism: What did we do right? What could we do better?
This will build the cohesiveness of your group and allow you to improve your public events over time.   

From:
Campus Organizing Guide (PDF, 735k) 16 pgs
http://www.campusactivism.org/uploads/orgguide.pdf
   

Activism and Organizational Resources
http://ocan.netfirms.com/act_resources.html

Strategy Ideas
http://frankdiscussion.net/strategyideas.html


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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007, 05:12:33 pm »

Here's a collection of drug-driving articles from the past, mostly from 2004 when the liberals put forward a drug-driving bill, C-32/C-16):

Bill C-32 - the new "drugged driving" bill (Canada)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/3/parlbus/chambus/house/bills/government/C-32/C-32_1/C-32-3E.html
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BILL C-32:  AN ACT TO AMEND THE CRIMINAL CODE (DRUGS AND IMPAIRED DRIVING)
May 12, 2021 - Legislative Summary
http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/Bills_ls.asp?lang=E&Parl=37&Ses=3&ls=C32&source=Bills_House_Government
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BILL C-16:  AN ACT TO AMEND THE CRIMINAL CODE (IMPAIRED DRIVING)
Nov 4, 2021 - Legislative Summary
http://www.parl.gc.ca/38/1/parlbus/chambus/house/bills/summaries/c16-e.pdf
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Liberals to Introduce Drug-Driving Bill
April 24, 2021 - Ottawa Citizen
http://medpot.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=3388
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Ottawa Moves Let Police Test Drivers for Drug/
April 27, 2021 - Globe and Mai
http://cannabisnews.com/news/18/thread18739.shtml
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OPED: Don't criminalize drug-driving
April 28, 2021 - Globe and Mail
http://cannabisnews.com/news/18/thread18744.shtml
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Editorial: Drug driving already illegal
April 29, 2021 - Lethbridge Herald
http://www.mysouthernalberta.com/leth/index.php
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New Drug-impaired Driving Bill "A First Step in the Right Direction"
April 28, 2021 - Press Release Issued by:
-Canadian Professional Police Association
-Canadian Association Of Chiefs Of Police
-Canadian Association Of Police Boards
-MADD Canada
-Customs Excise Union Douanes Accise
http://www.madd.ca/english/news/pr/p040428.htm
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Your License, Your Urine
June 21, 2021 - AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/19008/
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MB: New Tests For Suspected 'Drugged' Drivers
(describes a non-invasive testing procedure)
Dec 13, 2021
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n1783/a01.html
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MADD Canada urges passage of Bill C16
MADD: ‘Ensure safe roads by passing drug-impaired driving law now”

June 16, 2021 - Press Release
http://www.prdirect.ca/en/view_release.aspx?TrafficID=3124
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U.S.: OPED: Portman Bill Is Excessive
Apr 20, 2021
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04.n606.a09.html

More information on Drug-Driving available at:
http://www.cannabisfacts.ca/druggeddriving.html
 
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