The Drug War - It's Prisons, Poisons and
A new November Coalition Family Album,
an educational exhibit available to small or large groups and
organizations that have "public lobby space." This
colorful, visual presentation and companion literature illuminates
the intersection of the drug war, prison expansion and global
Use the new DRUG WAR:
It's Poisons, Prisons and Environmental Racism Family Album
display at local events, or create your own event at local churches
or libraries. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some volunteers, looking to build key alliances
in the coming years, coordinated a day of informational tabling
at Earth Day events on April 21st & 22nd, 2007. The exhibit
anchors and assures interaction with others concerned for people
and our environment. Consider putting the exhibit in regional
libraries, civic clubs, office lobbies, churches, and at other
public or private places where non-profit groups are welcomed.
Original and fresh materials are created
by members of our group to do the difficult job of teaching diverse
communities new ways of thinking about the harms brought by the
war on drugs. November Coalition volunteers steadfastly illustrate
the horrifying facts of a policy so destructive that it's produced
a vast prison industrial complex and global network of for-profit
companies intertwined with police and military might.
Intent on attracting casual passersby,
the unique, eye catching displays and other public informational
materials need volunteers to share them with others in their
region. Donations help make these exhibits available. Consider
being a supporting member of this project with a contribution
With an annual membership contribution
of $30 or more, you will receive The Razor Wire, the November
Coalition's newspaper published twice a year. All year long you'll
also receive individual notices of website updates, breaking
news and announcements about projects that our national network
of volunteers uses to teach about drug war injustice. Dues and
donations are tax deductible.
The November Coalition was founded in 1997
to warn fellow citizens about the destructive increase in prison
populations in the United States caused by more than 20 years
of harsh drug sentencing laws and dubious policing techniques.
The Coalition built alliances with groups all over the world
because drug war injustice is global.
Drug war battles aren't fought on the streets
of the wealthy. Drugs, legal and illegal, are used in all classes
of people, and at about the same rates.
Prisons and jails aren't built in upper-class
neighborhoods either. So-called "Correctional Complexes"
are being built in rural areas where workers are so desperate
for jobs they are reduced to working in warehouses for people.
In other eras, mass imprisonment employed 'disposable populations'
or 'undesirables' as slave workers in concentration camps.
In Colombia and now Afghanistan, the people
living gentle on the earth, the sustainable farmers, can be sprayed
with poisons that kill fish in streams, livestock, food crops
and human life. Like the jobless and poor of the United States,
people who are economically vulnerable become easy prey for drug
manufacturers. Not unlike prison profiteers, the drug trade relies
on desperate people who need jobs and an economic future.
People can be convicted in broad drug conspiracies
and sentenced to prison for decades without any physical evidence
presented in court. Drug war enforcement relies heavily on 'bartered
testimony,' wherein the first people arrested in a group of drug-involved
friends can 'snitch' their way to freedom by telling on others.
Without a system of easily obtained plea bargains and convictions,
prisons could not be profitable.
Corporate profits increase sharply with
the use of herbicide defoliants, a growing global military force,
and steady expansion of multi-agency policing that fills an international
network of prisons. Power to control large human populations,
primarily poor classes of people, and the destruction of natural
resources form a steady and cozy weave in globalization strategy.
The drug war is institutionalized and
is devastating environmental racism that needs urgent citizen
How you can help:
If you don't belong to a group that has
a No New Prisons committee, or is working to end drug war injustice,
consider starting one. We have organizing instructions on our
website at www.november.org. called Bottom's Up: Guide to Grassroots Activism
You may easily find others who will work
with you to increase pressure on local and state governments,
and then combine that united influence on federal lawmakers as
well. Plan to teach other people you know, one by one, day by
day, about the environmental racism of the war on drugs. Ask
them to become members of the November Coalition, too.
If you or your group wants a "Drug
War - It's Prisons, Poisons and Environmental Racism" Display,
send $100.00 (shipping included), and your contact information,
or order online via PayPal using the form provided here.
November Coalition is also offering "seed
grants" to volunteers, allied groups and our members who
can't afford start-up costs of an effective public educational
display. These groups should also be interested in fundraising
for their local group. To apply, fill-out and submit this online application.
Please remember the November Coalition in your
charitable giving. Your support
is greatly appreciated.
November's 'Family Album' Displays
Earth Day 2007 Event, Spokane, WA, April 21, 2007 - photo by
Center for Justice main lobby, Spokane, WA,
April , 2007 - photo by Tom
Miami, FL, 2/20/07 -
photo by Chrystal Weaver
Ft, Benning, GA, Nov
06 - photo by Fr. Tom Hereford
Durham, NC, June 06 -
photo by LaFonda Jones
Laguna Beach, CA, 5/14/05
- photo by Rachel Morton