There are many other national and local groups you may get
active with in your community. For links, visit our Online
Current Campaigns and Projects
Welcome! Some of the projects featured below require
teamwork, others you can work by yourself. Please review the
summaries listed below, then visit a complete description with
instructions. If you have any questions, each page will give
you an opportunity to address your concerns to the person best
suited to give you an answer. Working to end drug war injustice
-- thank you for visiting this important section of our website!
|Updated for 2008!
You, as an individual, can educate hundreds, even thousand of
people with a simple commitment of time and human energy. November
Up, A Guide to Grassroots Activism,, will teach you how
to begin using that commitment of time. Learn how you can change
the way people think about the issue of drug war imprisonment,
and drug war injustice.
|No New Prisons - The United States hasn't always been
the world's leading jailer, and now that we are, we aren't any
safer than before. New jails are being built in the middle of
urban areas, disguised as sky-scraping office buildings while
new prisons are built or expanded in rural areas. The prison
boom is doom to any community plan that would embrace a sustainable
The Drug War -- It's Prisons, Poisons and Environmental
Racism is another November Coalition Family Album, an educational
exhibit available to small or large groups and organizations
that have "public lobby space."
This colorful, visual presentation and companion literature
illuminates the intersection of the drug war, prison expansion
and global environmental destruction.
In April of 2002 the November Coalition launched a national
petition drive and education campaign to build public support
for a return to parole or similar policy of earned, early release
for federal prisoners. In every Congress since that time there
has been a Parole Bill, but the current Congress does not have
a bill in support of a return to federal parole.
We are looking for people who will sign the petition online,
gather signatures of support, and convince the public and our
leaders to support returning federal parole and earned, early
A Family Album: A graphic tabletop
display of how the "well-connected" escape drug war
injustice while "just plain folks" spend years in prison
for similar drug law violations, Four that got away"
illustrates the injustice and hypocrisy of the drug war.
Great for public events, or private gatherings -- Also available
in a broadside (or brochure)!
|Soap for Change, from November's Natural Soaps.
A box of November's Soap for Change can help you or
your group to develop a local budget for meeting expenses of
your activist work. By standing beside your box of soap, by selling
bars of natural soap, you help support November Coalition yourself
and volunteers nationwide.
|November Coalition Multimedia Archive.
Featuring movies, music, books and more.
The November Coalition publishes "The Razor Wire"
to report on drug policy reform efforts, legislative updates,
and news about drug law vigils and meetings. This publication
also includes articles from prisoners and others who have been
victimized by the war on drugs.
Distribute and contribute to our organization's newspaper!
We are always looking for writing that reflects our group's mission
and challenges; shares our volunteers' experiences with grassroots
activism, and teaches the public about the failure of the war
on drugs. To learn how you can get copies for distribution, or
contribute as part of the writing team, follow the link provided
|Changes in national drug policy begin with a
local ground swell of awareness, arousal and action. Get to know
some of the staff and volunteer leaders of the November Coalition,
and adapt ideas for your own local projects.
|Inspired by the Argentine Mothers of the Disappeared
in the 1970's and the loved ones of Rockefeller Drug law victims
in New York city, the November Coalition began the National Vigil
Project in 1999.
Two Million, Too Many Vigils captured the imagination
of thousands of participants and received national and international
press in 2000 -- and the movement to end over-reliance on prisons
is becoming nationally established. The November Coalition urges
grassroots volunteers to be vigilant - introduce intermittent
or regular public demonstrations to your group! November Coalition
can help you by providing materials and easy to follow steps
to organizing an effective, lawful demonstrations.
|The purpose of many features of our website and
of our newspaper, The Razor Wire and other published materials,
is to show our fellow citizens the human casualties of our national
drug prohibition policy. To show that destruction, we share the
prisoners' stories, the children's thoughts, in artwork and prose;
our anguish no longer hidden in our hearts and behind the walls
of prison. Learn how you can contribute to all of our public
|In communities nationwide, volunteers are leading
activities and joining with others to demand legislative reform
and the release of the prisoners of the drug war. In these pages
you will learn how to find groups of like-minded people in your
region, read what activities our leaders are engaged in, and
how to go about becoming a November Coalition volunteer where
|November Coalition members
are always looking for educational methods that work! If you
have an idea for a campaign or project - we want to know. Send
an e-mail, describing your project idea. In the subject
line write: Campaign Idea!
Regional groups and activists can become involved in a project
surrounding public support; and as a group project, consider
seeking clemency for a prisoner of the drug war from the group's
local area. If needed, we can assist in finding a local prisoner
for you to sponsor.
Free Richard Paey
is one such effort, seeking clemency for pain prisoner Richard
Paey, sentenced to 25 years in a Florida prison for "illegal
Policy Foundation has compiled the first comprehensive, nationwide database
providing information on clemency and commutation of sentence.
Foundation: Justice Through Clemency is another example
of a citizen action clemency project.