Hi everyone,welcome to the first Re:Vision national newsletter. We”d like to give you an overview of what we”ve been doing over the last six months so you don”t think we”re neglecting you!
Since we got started, the trustees have been doing a lot of paperwork. We”re now a registered company with a bank account and non-profit status on the way. We”ve been making contacts with other drug law reform organisations, letting them know what we”re planning and getting their advice on what we should be doing to make the best impact.We have now formally launched working groups responsible for coordinating media, our web strategy, our campaign, policy development and membership. We”re writing up blurbs for them now and we will be seeking new volunteers to join our existing volunteers very soon, so stay tuned.
Our local groups training day was last week and went very well, so there will shortly be four local groups dotted around the country with the possibility of more on the way. Details of these will be on our website.In October, we will be launching our new website with much more content about our work, the need for drug law reform and a innovative new surprise that we hope will get us some interest. We will also be launching our new campaign, which will be relatively low-key while we continue to develop our national infrastructure and recruit new people to our organisation, but which we hope will be a good contribution to the field.It”s an extremely exciting time to be involved in drug law reform.
On the 18th September, the Liberal Democrat autumn conference officially passed policy to set up a new advisory panel to consider the decriminalisation of all drugs. For a political party actually in government to call for such a policy is an action of historic proportions, even as drug services for young people are being cut across the country by the senior partner in the coalition. The same weekend a broad range of drug policy organisations also came together in London to talk about exactly how a post-prohibition world would look. For us to be even having such a conversation is a long way from the atmosphere of the 1970s when the Misuse of Drugs Act was first passed.It”s therefore very important that young people take a stand where we can to add our voice to this growing roar of dissent.
We will be emailing you over the next few weeks to explain exactly how you can join us in creating a powerful national movement of young people committed to speaking out against the drug war. We hope that you will choose to help us, either with your money, time or knowledge, as we get on with the business of forming a national voice of young people for drug law reform.
Thanks for reading,