A group called Journey for Justice is organizing a march on Washington on Aug. 13 to push for legalization of medical marijuana. I think this would be a great place to hand out some FSP brochures. Is anyone in the D.C. area available to do this? Please let me know. Thanks!
DC JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE CALL TO ARMS
August 13, 2005
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Lafayette Park, North end of the Whitehouse
All info at www.journeyforjustice.org
Watch the Latest promo created by photojournalist for DC J4J (provided
to us by long time Federal marijuana prisoner George Martorano, serving
life in prison on his first charge). http://www.michaelproductions.com/march
The first two Journeys for Justice (Ohio and Wisconsin) were put
together by myself and a number of patients involved in reform, some of whom
have since died. I was trainer for the 3rd J4J through Florida, and
was 'along for the ride' on the 4th J4J through Texas organized by Kevin
Aplin and Jodi James. Back in the early days we did it in wheelchairs
at 4 1/2 miles per hour (5 to 7 days depending on the state). November
Coalition left the wheelchairs behind for the 5th J4J but were able to
cover 100 cities on their whirlwind journey across the nation.
The journeys were a reform effort supported by many groups and
individuals representing several important issues. Our common beliefs were
that non-violent drug war prisoners would be a bigger benefit to society
if we weren't paying for them to sit in cells; that proper care and
rehabilitation of all prisoners lead to increased public safety; that
doctors and patients should be allowed to decide what helps without
government interference; and that free speech is urgent to the education of the
The spirit of those journeys is alive and well in the 6th and latest DC
Journey For Justice. A great diversity of people and groups have begun
to coalesce around this effort. The media has already begun to talk
David Losa of FACTS is coming 3000 miles on his bicycle in the spirit
of Howard Woolridge (LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ) and his
horse Missy, who have traveled the country twice on these issues.
Louis Korn from Hawaii writes, "That body count of living protesters to
stop the mounting body count of the dead and dying in our prisons is
extremely important, not only for its victims but for ourselves, [who
are] in growing danger of becoming its victims also. I am deeply
gratified that you have developed a profound understanding of this evil and
resolute opposition to it."
Dean Becker of Drug Truth Network/Pacifica http://www.drugtruth.net
will be doing interviews with organizers, attendees and David Losa en
route. There will be a pre-march party on Friday night (August 12). There
will be speakers and networking and the tremendous message to those in
power is FIX THIS MESS. Everything you need to know can be found at http://www.journeyforjustice.org
It doesn't matter what kind of reform work is closest to your heart, if
you feel that these issues are not being properly addressed in a common
sense manner and, as such, are an assault on public safety, make every
effort to join us in Lafayette Park on the 13th of August. We'll be
there waiting for you.
A DRCNet article about the DC Journey for Justice is included below.
With great faith in the power of the truth, and in you.
2683 Rockcliff Road S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316-4013
Making The Walls Transparenthttp://www.angelfire.com/fl3/starke
DRCNet ARTICLE: Two Million is Too Many --
Grassroots March Against Mass Imprisonment
Aims at Washington, DChttp://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/394/dcmarch.shtml