Tuesday, July 05, 2005

NOW joins in fight for policy reform

This in via email. The National Organization for Women adopted a resolution that opposes the War on Drugs and in its stead supports an approach to drug use, abuse, and addiction that fosters compassion, health, and human rights.
The resolution obligates NOW to educate its leadership and membership about the unique impact the War on Drugs has on women though the use of the organizations site, resources, materials, and literature, as well as through regular legislative updates, especially on pending drug laws and policies that impact women.

Finally, we will work with NOW to convene an ad hoc committee to research current drug laws and policies with a particular impact on women and develop an action plan to be implemented locally and nationally by NOW chapters and the NOW National Action Center.
The "we" appears in reference to Scarlett Swerdlow, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. As she remarks, this is huge. The vast resources of NOW will be a real boon to the movement.

This came to me as a forward so I don't have a link to the text of the resolution, but email me if you would like a copy of the official language. It's a little long to post.

[hat tip to Jamilah]


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