1. Educate yourself and be
vocal. Talk to others about what you have learned.
2. Write letters to editors of newspapers and magazines. Call
into talk shows and express your views. For excellent examples of letters to the
editor, please check out MAP
LTE's. Need more help writing letters? Check out these links: MAP
Activist Resources, How
to write LTE's, Three
Tips for Letter Writers.
your elected officials at all levels of government. Call or write them and
tell them you want them to work for legislation that respects human rights and
against unjust laws. Educate them on the issues. Hold them accountable. One easy
way to contact your elected officials about cannabis-related legislation is to
use the Marijuana Policy Project
4. Work with local government, schools, community and professional
groups and organizations to effect changes in policies and priorities.
5. Get involved with your school curriculum. Demand honest
6. Use your skills. Students can write papers, essays, speeches,
and do research on this topic. Writers, musicians, artists, and actors can be
especially creative in spreading the message of tolerance and reform through various
media. Business owners can enforce a "no drug testing" policy in their
businesses. Attorneys can challenge the laws in court and help defend victims
of the Drug War, pro-bono.
7. Vote! Use the power of the
ballot box to vote for change. Run for office on a reform platform or help sympathetic
politicians get elected. Work on voter initiatives or petitions.
8. Join or donate to a local or national group that supports
reforms. Volunteer to help out or organize events that bring attention to these
9. Become an Internet
activist. Do more research,
network with people who have the same interests, and blast your opinions to a
wide audience. Link your web sites.
10. One powerful technique for bringing change is to educate
the population by broadcasting videotape programs through the local cable companies
public access program. This is especially true in smaller communities where the
public access programs tend to be underutilized. A particularly stirring tape
is FRONTLINE's "Snitch", available for purchase by individuals, schools,
libraries and other educational institutions through: PBS Video, PO Box 791, Alexandria,
VA 22313-0791. 1-800-328-7271. Copies of "Snitch " are also available
for purchase online through ShopPBS. ReconsiDer, a Syracuse, NY-based drug policy
reform group, produces a weekly cable program that is also available. Call 315-422-6231
for more information.
11. Check out our Links Page,
and learn everything you can from the listed sites. You must be prepared to inform
people about our harmful failed drug policies whenever and wherever the opportunity
12. Go to our online flyers/posters/banners
page. Print up tons of posters, flyers, cards, etc., and give them to friends,
put them on bulletin boards in local malls or downtown. Post them everywhere!
13. Apply to companies, that do pre-employment drug testing,
even if you don't need a job. These tests cost anywhere from $50 to $150 depending
upon type. Enough people failing tests on purpose will cost them bundles. In the
event you pass the test, tell them you've decided that you don't want to work
for a company who has no regard for the privacy of it's employees.
14. Boycott products from corporations
that support the War on Drugs, such as tobacco companies,
alcohol companies, and pharmaceutical companies--and Starbucks,
of course. (Can you say "hypocrite"?)
15. Activists can borrow an example from
Macintosh advocates. Anytime you see a computer connected
to the web (such as at a cafe, computer store, school, work,
library, etc.), change the page to http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/
-- the authorized on-line version of Jack Herer's "The Emperor
Wears No Clothes" so that the hemp information will be there
when the next person comes along. Or use the URL from YOUR
favorite Cannabis Activist site.
16. Save all the post paid envelopes you
get in the mail. You know, like every bank and credit card
company in the world sends you. Run off copies of your best
materials and stuff the envelopes, send 'em off! What's
even better is when you get all your friends and relatives
to save their envelopes for you too. You never know who
you might touch at the other end of the line. I know people
who gather 500 a week! No shit!
17. Collect donations and create a Memorial
to all the victims who have been killed or had their lives
ruined due to the War on Drugs. Start a fund and buy land
for the Memorial--hopefully near Washington DC as a constant
reminder to the War Criminals who frequent that area.
18. Buy billboard space with some Anti-DrugWar
19. Hmm... I just thought of a new idea
that's kind of different and would cost a bit of money,
but might be very effective. I had fun giving speeches in
my speech class in college, and made quite a few converts
in the space of just a 12 minute speech. If you got the
frogskins, sign up for the speech class at your local college
over and over, quarter after quarter, each time giving rousing,
organizing speeches or just great informational speeches.
Dare the other students in the class to do the same. Can
you imagine if half the class started giving anti-prohibition
speeches? Got friends who are going to college? Tell them
to--as much as humanly possible--write every English paper,
every speech, every psychology paper, even every science
or physics paper (if at all possible) on the evils of drug
prohibition (and don't forget to publish them on the web,
send them in to newspapers, magazines, news websites, and
any other place you can think of. If just a few people did
this, we could create a revolution in the colleges, a snowball
effect, that would gain a life of its own, and trample the
prohibitionists under foot.
20. If you're a good writer, and know a
lot about the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs,
take out an ad in the paper offering to help students write
English papers for free--as long as they write about the
evils of prohibition. Can you imagine how many high school
and college students would call you? Post the ad on the
free bulletin boards up at your local community college--that
ought to get some heavy response too!
21. Get your friends and family to take
action too! You can't do it all alone!
Whatever you do, start doing
before it's too late.