November Coalition's Local Activities to End Drug
Organizing Political Action
November Coalition Spring Gathering, May 16, 2009
The event schedule and activities
November's Colville members chose for spring events are adaptable
for most groups and in any season. In May, our event plans looked
4:00 - 6:30 PM, Open Mic, Political Action
6:30 - 7:30, Potluck dinner and guest speaker, attorney Douglas
Hiatt of Seattle
8:30 - 11:00 PM, Music and dancing with the Planetary Refugees
The theme of May's gathering (and throughout 2009) is Project Decarceration
and aligned with a request from Senator James Webb's staff. They
had met with some allied groups based in Washington D.C. earlier
in the month and asked people that supported S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission
Act of 2009, to do three things:
(1) Secure organizational letters or statements of support
for the legislation, directed to Webb's office.
(2) Conduct outreach to a broad spectrum of organizations
that have an interest in the criminal justice system, including:
judges, lawyers (defense and prosecutors), conservative and liberal
think tanks, women's and girls' organizations, law enforcement,
local government and others. As you reach out to organizations,
please let us know so we can keep track of organizations that
should receive information about future meetings.
(3) Support in securing additional cosponsors in the Senate
and moving legislation in the House.
Co-sponsors of S. 714, the National Criminal
Justice Commission Act of 2009
There are growing numbers of House Bills, too, and remember
that a small group of volunteers can easily educate and motivate
guests that come to your meetings.
Signing postcards asking
Sen. Cantwell's support of S 714
Add a little fun, perhaps some music and you have the components
of not only a productive time, but one that people will remember.
A bright spot, aside from November's fruit trees blooming,
were morning headlines, major newspapers heralding the "Drug
War is Over."
While loved-ones are imprisoned, it's not really over, but
our group invigorated knowing political possibilities aren't
a distant dream, that our work makes progress.
Please join us. If you or your group needs assistance making
a banner, publicity poster, or radio service announcement, we
are here to help. If you are having trouble finding a resource
on our website, contact the November Coalition staff -- help
is an email, or a phone call away. We are here to help us all
find ways we can be effective organizers of social change.