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Southern Rainbow Holds Harm Reduction Conference in Charlotte NC, 7/29

The summer meeting of the Southern Rainbow Education Project (SREP) will focus on the organization of a "Southeastern Harm Reduction Coalition". The Harm Reduction Coalition works toward non-punitive strategies for reducing the harm caused by drug abuse and drug policies to individuals and society as a whole. The SREP meeting will be held on July 29, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Lionel Newson Lecture Hall (Humanities 108) on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

Speakers will discuss alternatives to drug prohibition, harm reduction strategies such as needle exchange, civil liberties issues and other issues related to drug abuse and the War on Drugs. Resource materials will be provided so that conference attendees can provide public education on harm reduction in their own communities.

Confirmed participants include Eric Sterling, President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation; Dr. Michael Poulson, Rollins Schools of Public Health at Emory University; and Dr. David Bositis, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Nkechi Taifa of the Washington Office of the American Civil Liberties Union is tentatively scheduled to attend.

A $15 registration fee will be charged to help offset the meeting cost. For more information call Katrina Nylund (ACLU-South Carolina) at (803) 799-5151. Space is limited so please call as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

For more information on the Southern Rainbow Education Project, contact: SREP, United Church of Christ, 46 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery, AL 36105 (205) 288-575 (voice), 262-0932 (fax -- please call first)

For more information on the Harm Reduction Coalition, contact: HRC, P.O. Box 77248, San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 621-1451 (voice), 621-1184 (fax)

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