The HEA Campaign and You 6/15/01

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Thanks to a generous $40,000 grant from the Center for Policy Reform, the 501(c)(4) lobbying affiliate of The Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation, DRCNet's Higher Education Act Reform Campaign to repeal the new law stripping students with drug convictions of their eligibility for federal financial aid for college continues. H.R. 786, the bill to repeal the drug provision, already has 49 Congressional sponsors, and interest is growing fast. We are pushing hard for full repeal, and are hopeful of getting it, maybe even before the end of this year! If we succeed, it will be the first time a federal drug law is repealed since President Nixon declared "war on drugs" in the 1970's.

However, the campaign's costs for 2001, which have included two full-time coordinators and for which a third is needed to help mobilize local coalitions in the most key Congressional districts around the country, is at least $65,000 and really needs to be closer to $80,000. That doesn't even include what our Foundation is spending on educational media work, in partnership with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, so that people across the country are informed about this law. Hence, we need to raise another $25,000-$40,000 in non-deductible lobbying donations, and as soon as possible, to move this campaign forward to victory.

Please help DRCNet's HEA campaign by making a non-tax-deductible donation -- large or small, it will help the HEA campaign as well as our overall action alert program. Just visit our donation page at to contribute by credit card or print out a form to mail in -- or just send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036. If you would rather, you can also phone or fax in a credit card donation (Visa or Mastercard only), to (202) 293-8340 (phone) or (202) 293-8344 (fax).

If you donate $25 or more before July 1st, we will send you a complimentary copy of "Human Rights and the Drug War," a 70-page booklet updating the well-known book "Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War." Send $35 or more to receive both books!

Thank you in advance for your support. Please visit to sign our online petition, learn more about the issue and find out how to get involved.

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