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RAVE bill scary! kill! kill!

by teknotastic anarchistik! Friday, Jul. 19, 2002 at 3:39 PM
anarhotekno@yahoo.com

More YOU Can Do to Stop the RAVE Bill: Call Senators Boxer + Feinstein and ask them to put a HOLD on the bills and to vote against any "unanimous consent request." even if you've called/written already! more below:

i don't like calling "my" senators either, but this bill could have serious impications not just for "raves", but for house parties, benefit parties, etc., anywhere where electronic music is played! so please help out - it could be voted on today!

More YOU Can Do to Stop the RAVE Bill: Call Senators

Boxer + Feinstein and ask them to put a HOLD on the

bills and to vote against any "unanimous consent

request." even if you've called/written already!

more below:



(A Drug Policy Alliance and Dance Safe Joint Action)

As you may know, a bill to give federal prosecutors

the ability to shut down musical events they don't

like is rapidly moving through the Senate, and could

be voted on as early as this week. We have flooded the

Senate with almost 20,000 faxes and thousands of phone

calls. We need Californians to call Senators Boxer and

Feinstein and ask them to put a hold on this bill -

even if you have already contacted them.

IT IS URGENT THAT YOU ACT RIGHT AWAY. If the anti-rave

Senate bill is enacted, property owners may become too

afraid to rent or lease their property to groups

holding hemp festivals or putting on all-night dance

parties, effectively stifling free-speech and banning

raves and other musical events!!

ACTIONS TO TAKE

** Call Senator Boxer's DC office. Tell her that you

are

very concerned about the civil liberties and free

speech implications of S. 2633 (the RAVE Act). Urge

her to put a "hold" on the bill and to vote against

any "unanimous consent request". Boxer's DC office is

202-224-3553. After you call her DC office, call her

California office that is closest to you and say the

same thing.

Fresno - 559-497-5109;

Los Angeles - 213-894-5000;

Sacramento - 916-448-2787;

San Bernardino - 909-888-8525;

San Diego - 619-239-3884;

San Francisco - 415-403-0100

** Call Senator Feinstein's DC office. Tell her that

you

are very concerned about the civil liberties and free

speech implications of S. 2633 (the RAVE Act). Urge

her to put a hold on the bill and vote against any

"unanimous consent request". Feinstein's DC office is

202-224-3841. After you call her DC office, call her

California office that is closest to you and say the

same thing.

Fresno - 559-485-7430;

Los Angeles - 310-914-7300;

San Diego - 619-231-9712;

San Francisco - 415-393-0707

** Forward this alert to your friends, family, and

co-workers.

MORE INFORMATION

The Senate is considering legislation that would give

federal prosecutors new powers to shut down raves or

other musical events they don't like and punish

businessmen and women for hosting or promoting them.

The bill (S, 2633), also known as the Reducing

American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (RAVE Act), is

moving very rapidly and could be considered by the

full Senate as early as this week. (A similar bill is

also pending in the House.)

S. 2633, sponsored by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Hatch

(R-UT), Grassley (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT), expands the

so-

called "crack house statute" to allow the federal

government to fine or imprison businessmen and women

if

customers sell or use drugs on their premises or at

their

events. Property owners, promoters, and event

coordinators

could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars or

face up

to twenty years in federal prison if they hold raves

or

other events on their property. If the bill becomes

law,

property owners may be too afraid to rent or lease

their

property to groups holding hemp festivals or putting

on

all-night dance parties, effectively stifling

free-speech

and banning raves and other musical events.

The new law would also make it a federal crime to

temporarily use a place for the purpose of using any

illegal drug. Thus, anyone who used drugs in their own

home or threw an event (such as a party or barbecue)

in

which one or more of their guests used drugs could

potentially face a 0,000 fine and years in federal

prison. The bill also effectively makes it a federal

crime to rent property to medical marijuana patients

and

their caregivers, giving the federal government a new

weapon in its war on AIDS and cancer patients that use

marijuana to relieve their suffering.

Health advocates worry that the bill will endanger our

nation's youth. If enacted, licensed and law-abiding

business owners may stop hosting raves or other events

that federal authorities don't like, out of fear of

massive fines and prison sentences. Thus, the law

would

drive raves and other musical events further

underground and away from public health and safety

regulations. It would also discourage business owners

from enacting smart harm-reduction measures to protect

their customers. By insinuating that selling bottled

water and offering "cool off" rooms is proof that

owners

and promoters know drug use is occurring at their

events,

this bill may make business owners too afraid to

implement such harm-reduction measures, and the safety

of

our kids will suffer.

The RAVE Act punishes businessmen and women for the

crimes of their customers and is unprecedented in U.S.

history. The federal government can't even keep drugs

out

of prisons, yet it seeks to punish business owners for

failing to keep people from carrying drugs onto their

premises. If this bill passes, federal authorities

will

have the ability to scare business owners away from

using

or renting their property for all-night dance events,

as

well as any other "politically incorrect" event.

For more information on this bill, go to

http://thomas.loc.gov/ and under "bill number" search

for S2633.

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