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10/18/96

The Reformer's Calendar -- Special Update, 10/18/96

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The Reformer's Calendar A service of the Drug Reform Coordination Network

[After our last calendar was released, many readers responded with new listings. Some of them are coming up shortly, so we decided to repost the calendar sooner than we would otherwise do. (We am aiming for about once a month.) We apologize for the inconvenience of having to receive this large listing twice.]

We rely on our readers for intelligence gathering. If you know of an event coming up, please let us know by sending the information to: DRCNet, 4455 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite B-500, Washington, DC 20008-2302, (202) 362-0030 (voice), (202) 362-0032 (fax), e-mail [email protected]. The Reformer's Calendar covers not only drug policy reform, but also related events on a range of topics that are likely to be of interest to some of our readers. These topics include, but are not limited to, sentencing, justice reform, liberty, AIDS, needle exchange, harm reduction, methadone maintenance, asset forfeiture, pain treatment, drugs and the law, and skills-building for activists. We list big conferences as well as small local meetings - you name it, send it in! Listing of an organization's activities in the Reformer's Calendar does not imply endorsement of or by DRCNet or DRCNet's agenda.

Featured items in this issue of the Calendar are the 10th International Conference on Drug Policy Reform, Nov. 6-9 in Washington, DC and The Lindesmith Center's Special Drug Policy Seminar Series, Drug Treatment Reconsidered: Harm Reduction Perspectives, in New York City, ongoing through the fall.

READERS ARE ADVISED TO VERIFY EVENTS INDEPENDENTLY BEFORE
MAKING PLANS OR TRAVELLING TO ATTEND THEM.

October 18, Houston, TX
Have Our Drug Laws Failed? Featuring Judge James P. Gray of the Orange Country Superior Court in California. Sponsored by the Drug Policy Forum of Texas. For information, call (713) 266-4329 (Houston), (214) 827-1514 (Dallas), or e-mail [email protected].

October 18-20, San Francisco, CA
Entheobotany, A Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Plants, Shamanism and Ecstatic States. At the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA. For information, contact Entheobotany, P.O. Box 311, Sierra Madre, CA 91025, (818) 355-9585 (voice/fax).

October 19, 3:30pm, Yankton, SD
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting, at the Chateau Restaurant on 12th and Broadway. Everyone is welcome to attend and anyone visiting at Yankton FPC is especially encouraged to attend. For more information call Carla Widener, Wisconsin FAMM Coordinator, (414) 476-4599.

October 23, 7:00pm, Redway, CA
Civil Liberties Monitoring Project Annual Meeting, at the Mateel Center. Special speakers include members of the reform government of the Round Valley Reservation in Covelo, if out of jail, and attorney Hannah Nelson on rights violations during marijuana raids in 1996 in Humboldt County. Presentation by board members on highway patrol pretext stops, Greensweep environmental violation during marijuana raids, Campaign Against Marijuana Planting rights violations, and rights problems during Headwaters Forest demo arrests. For information, contact Connie Rose or Ed Denson, (707) 923-4646 (voice), (707) 923-2099 (fax), [email protected].

October 23, 8:00pm, Washington, DC
Shades of Justice, an evening forum at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Council for Court Excellence. Topics will include police profiling, selective prosecution, jury nullification and sentencing laws and practice. Tickets are $50, must be purchased in advance. Contact the Council for Court Excellence, Suite 475 South, 1800 M St. NW, Washington, Dc 20036, (202) 785-5917.

October 23, 7:30pm, Portland, OR
Portland NORML monthly meeting, at 3125 SE Belmont Street. For info, call (503) 777-9088, e-mail [email protected], or visit http://wwwpantless.com/~pdxnorml/ on the web.

October 23, 11:00am-noon mountain time
Forfeiture Endangers American Rights radio show. Tom Flook, former FEAR Board member, current Michigan F.E.A.R. coordinator, and author of the annual report on state forfeiture statistics in Michigan (published jointly by Michigan Association for the Preservation of Property and F.E.A.R.) will talk about what his studies show and how you can use the Freedom of Information Act to get similar information for your state. The F.E.A.R. Radio Hour is broadcast on the Freedom Network at the following stations and satellite dish frequencies: KHNC, Johnstown, CO, 1360 AM; KTMG, Deertrail, CO, 1370 AM; WRRA, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, 1290 AM; WVTJ, Pensacola, FL, 610 AM; WTNN, Knoxville, TN, 670 AM; WKDI, Denton, MD, 840 AM; KGGM, Dehi/Monroe, LA, 93.5 FM; KETX, Livingston, TX, 1440 AM; KDNO, Delano, CA, 98.5 FM Satellite dish, G-6 channel 14, 5.8 audio wide band.

October 24, 12:30-3:15pm, San Marcos, TX
Drugs, Behavior and Society: Marihuana the Forbidden Medicine. Lecture and panel discussion with Harvard Univ. Medical School Prof. Lester Grinspoon, M.D. At the Chautaugua Room on the 3rd floor of the LBJ Student Center, Southwest Texas State University. For further info, contact Professor Shirley Ogletree, Psychology Department, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 245-2526.

October 24, 7:00-9:00pm, The Dalles, OR
Harm Reduction - A Better Way. Computer generated slide presentation comparing the harm caused by the intrinsic use of all drugs to the harm to society caused by the current drug policy. Hosted by Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse, at The Dalles Public Library. For more info, contact MAMA, 2255 State Rd., Mosier, OR 97040, (541) 298-1031 (voice and fax), e-mail [email protected]

October 24, St. Paul, MN
Breaking the Code of Silence on Drug Policy Reform. Senior Federal District Judge Robert Sweet, of New York , will speak at St. Thomas University. For information, contact the newly-formed Drug Policy Reform Group at [email protected].

October 24-26, Chicago, IL
Review Course in Addiction Medicine, sponsored by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For info, contact: ASAM, 4601 North Park Ave., Upper Arcade-Suite 101, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, (301) 656-3920 (voice), (301) 656-3815 (fax), [email protected].

October 25-26, Fresno, CA
4th Annual Restorative Justice Conference. "Restorative Justice, Legislation and the Church," Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Butler and Chestnut Avenues, Fresno, CA. Hosted by the Fresno Pacific College Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies and the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of the Central Valley, Inc. (VORP), co-sponsored by Justice Fellowship, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Central Committee US. For More Information, call Elaine Enns, (800) 909-VORP, e-mail [email protected], or http://www.fresno.edu/pacs/rjconf.html on the web.

October 26, noon, Fresno, CA
Rally in support of the Prop. 215 Medical Marijuana Initiative, in front of Fresno City Hall. Organized by Central Valley NORML. For info, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.psnw.com/~stinky/cvnorml/ on the web.

October 26, 9:00am, Oakland, CA
March Against Genocide, protesting police brutality and massive imprisonment among the black community. Sponsored by the African People's Solidarity Committee, an organization that builds support in the white community for the African-led Uhuru (Freedom) movement. Money raised will go towards community-based programs in the African American community. March begins at Lakeside Park (Grand and Bellevue) and returns to the park for a rally at 1:00pm. For info, contact March Against Genocide, 304 15th St., Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 653-8491.

October 29, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Rapid outpatient heroin detox: A new option for young, working heroin users. Dr. Glenn Jeffery, a New York City psychiatrist, discusses the importance of outpatient heroin detox as an option for young, hard working, and medically uninsured heroin addicts. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

October 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Hood River, OR
Harm Reduction - A Better Way. Computer generated slide presentation comparing the harm caused by the intrinsic use of all drugs to the harm to society caused by the current drug policy. Hosted by Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse, at the Hood River High School cafeteria. For more info, contact MAMA, 2255 State Rd., Mosier, OR 97040, (541) 298- 1031 (voice and fax), e-mail [email protected].

October 30, 11:00am-noon mountain time
Forfeiture Endangers American Rights radio show. Criminology Professor Mitchell Miller went undercover posing as an informant for a year to study how forfeiture affects police practices. (The cops didn't know they were being studied.) Mitch has written widely on informants and forfeiture, and will tell why he thinks forfeiture is bad police policy. The F.E.A.R. Radio Hour is broadcast on the Freedom Network at the following stations and satellite dish frequencies: KHNC, Johnstown, CO, 1360 AM; KTMG, Deertrail, CO, 1370 AM; WRRA, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, 1290 AM; WVTJ, Pensacola, FL, 610 AM; WTNN, Knoxville, TN, 670 AM; WKDI, Denton, MD, 840 AM; KGGM, Dehi/Monroe, LA, 93.5 FM; KETX, Livingston, TX, 1440 AM; KDNO, Delano, CA, 98.5 FM Satellite dish, G-6 channel 14, 5.8 audio wide band.

November 2, Washington, DC
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call FAMM headquarters at (202) 822-6700.

November 4, 7:00-9:00pm, Tempe, AZ
Monthly meeting of AZ4NORML, at the Tempe Public Library (downstairs), 3500 S. Rural Rd.

November 5, Portland, OR
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Lorraine Heller at (503) 292-5364. Oregon FAMM meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

November 6, 11:00am-noon mountain time
Forfeiture Endangers American Rights radio show. "Your Banker Is A Spy For The U.S. Government" F.E.A.R. Vice President Montgomery Blair Sibley, a forfeiture lawyer in South Florida, will explain how recent federal legislation requires your banker to report "suspicious transactions" to Big Brother. He will also discuss transaction reporting requirements, and the penalties for evading them. The F.E.A.R. Radio Hour is broadcast on the Freedom Network at the following stations and satellite dish frequencies: KHNC, Johnstown, CO, 1360 AM; KTMG, Deertrail, CO, 1370 AM; WRRA, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, 1290 AM; WVTJ, Pensacola, FL, 610 AM; WTNN, Knoxville, TN, 670 AM; WKDI, Denton, MD, 840 AM; KGGM, Dehi/Monroe, LA, 93.5 FM; KETX, Livingston, TX, 1440 AM; KDNO, Delano, CA, 98.5 FM Satellite dish, G-6 channel 14, 5.8 audio wide band.

November 6, 7:00-8:00pm, Humboldt County, CA
First Wednesday Civil Liberties Hour, on KMUD/KMUE (91.1, 88.9) public radio. Call in show featuring Bonnie Blackberry and Ed Denson of Civil Liberties Monitoring Project. Discussion of local rights violations including highway patrol pretext stops during marijuana harvest season, excessive sentences given to local growers, excessive force during recent environmental activist arrests. For information, contact Ed Denson at (707) 923- 4646. Call ins to (800) KMUD-RAD.

November 6-9, Washington, DC
*****The Tenth International Conference on Drug Policy Reform*****
Annual conference sponsored by the Drug Policy Foundation, to include panels on Harm Reduction Strategies, Drug Policy in Asia, Lobbying Techniques & Principles, the Latin American Experience, Drug Education & Youth Policy, Drug Policy & the White House, Treatment & Spirituality, Outreach & Community Organizing, and more. For more information, contact Whitney Taylor c/o DPF, 4455 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite B-500, Washington, DC 20008-2302, (202) 537-5005 (voice), (202) 537-3007 (fax), e-mail: [email protected]. For exhibitor information, contact Connie Grandmason at the same number or address.

November 6-9, Vancouver, British Columbia
18th Annual Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists Conference: Social and Political Aspects of Information. Presentations on Harm Reduction, Censorship in the Alcohol and Drug Field, Gender Differences in Treatment and Prevention, Cultural and Ethnic Issues and International Information Dissemination Issues. To be held at the Waterfront Centre Hotel. For registration and program materials, contact Nancy Sutherland ([email protected]) or Jill Austin ([email protected]) The dates of the SALIS Conference were chosen to complement the Information Technology Issues in Community Health (ITCH) conference in Victoria, BC on November 3-6.

November 6-9, Los Angeles, CA
Addiction Medicine 1996 Review Course, at the Biltmore Hotel. Sponsored by the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For info, contact CSAM, 3803 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, (510) 428-9091.

November 9-13, Atlanta, GA
Tenth International Conference on AIDS Education, "Renewing the AIDS Movement: Conversations Linking Our Experience to the Future." Sponsored by the International Society for AIDS/HIV Education and Prevention. For information, send a fax to the Conference Secretariat at (404) 616-9898.

November 12, 7:30pm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Tena Aiello at (954) 527-4903. Ft. Lauderdale FAMM meets on the 2nd Tuesday each month.

November 13, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Medical methadone maintenance: Research demonstrating the need for change in methadone regulation. Dr. Edward Senay, Professor of Psychiatry at the Univ. of Chicago and director of Research for Interventions, a large multistate treatment provider, discusses a five year study demonstrating that federal and state requirements related to clinic attendance and counseling can be substantially lowered, without negative impact, for some methadone patients. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

November 13-16, Washington, DC
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum, focusing this year on the relationship of community coalitions to state resource organizations and advocacy. For further information, contact Ronald Dixon, Dir. Of Meetings & Conferences, CADCA, 901 N. Pitt ST. #300, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 706-0560 x231 (voice), (703) 706-0565 (fax), [email protected].

November 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm, New York, NY
Truth in Government: Drugs, AIDS and the CIA. East Side Forum featuring former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. Sponsored by the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information and the All Souls Unitarian Church, at 80th Street and Lexington Avenue. For information, call PRDI at (212) 362-1964.

November 15-17, Virginia Beach, VA
Amnesty International Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. For information, contact Karen Robinson, Regional Deputy Director, Amnesty International, 1118 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20037, (202) 775-5161, [email protected].

November 16, Tucson, AZ
Prison Labor and Privatization Conference, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee's Arizona Area Program, in collaboration with local chapters of the ACLU and National Lawyers Guild and numerous Arizona peace, labor, human and prisoner rights groups, on the issues of prison labor and the privatization of prison administration and services. The conference will be held from 8-4 at the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. For info, contact Caroline Isaacs, AFSC, 931 N. 5th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705, (520) 623-9141 (voice), (520) 623-5901 (fax), [email protected].

November 17-21, New York, NY
Empowering the Disadvantaged: Social Justice in Public Health, American Public Health Association 124th Annual Meeting and Exposition, in conjunction with the National Association for Public Health Policy and the Council on Illicit Drugs. Will include sessions on Nonabusive Use of Illicit Drugs: Implications for Policies & Programs, Methadone Treatment: The Most Over-regulated, Under-funded and Effective Drug Abuse Treatment, Public Health Implications of Global Marketing of Legal Drugs and more. For info contact APHA at (202) 789-5646 (automated convention information), (202) 789-5600 (other inquiries), (202) 274-4577 (fax on demand) or visit http://www.apha.org on the web.

November 21, 7:00pm, Tucson, AZ
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. Arizona FAMM meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. For info, contact Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Marilyn Krausch at (602) 887-0907.

November 21-23, New York, NY
Conference on Pain Management and Chemical Dependency: Evolving Perspectives. Focusing on the undertreatment and mistreatment of pain, intended as an impetus for a campaign to improve pain management and make it available to everyone who needs it through changes in medical education, drug prescribing practices, and public policy. Organized by Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Chemical Dependency Research Working Group of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. For info, contact Imedex USA, 1060 Cambridge Sq., Suite D, Alpharetta, GA 30201, (404) 761-1771, [email protected].

November 27, 7:30pm, Portland, OR Portland NORML monthly meeting, at 3125 SE Belmont Street. For info, call (503) 777-9088, e-mail [email protected], or visit http://wwwpantless.com/~pdxnorml/ on the web.

December 3, Portland, OR
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Lorraine Heller at (503) 292-5364. Oregon FAMM meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

December 4, 4:00pm, New York, NY.
Controlled drinking therapy as harm reduction: From character assassination to acceptance? Recently, controlled drinking therapy (as opposed to abstinence) has gained more acceptance as a "brief intervention," but it continues to face opposition. Joint presentation by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., a therapist and author on addiction and treatment issues, and Fred Rotgers, Psy.D., director of the Program for Addictions Consultation and Treatment at St. Peter's Medical Center and head of a brief intervention program at the Rutgers Center on Alcohol Studies. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

December 6-10, Chicago, IL
National People's Democratic Uhuru Movement Annual Convention. The Uhuru Movement promotes economic development and self-reliance in the African American community and opposes the government's genocidal mass incarceration program in the war on crime and drugs. For info, call NPDUM at (510) 569-9620.

December 9, 7:00-9:00pm, Tempe, AZ
Monthly meeting of AZ4NORML, at the Tempe Public Library (downstairs), 3500 S. Rural Rd.

December 10, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Expanding the boundaries of drug treatment. Howard Josepher, CSW, discusses the development of harm reduction- oriented services within the framework of drug treatment. Joined by clients and staff from his program ARRIVE, Mr. Josepher will speculate on the future of drug treatment and the role of harm reduction.

December 10, 7:30pm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Tena Aiello at (954) 527-4903. Ft. Lauderdale FAMM meets on the 2nd Tuesday each month.

December 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm, New York, NY
Cops and cons: the Drug War and its Victims. East Side Forum sponsored by the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information and the All Souls Unitarian Church, at 80th Street and Lexington Avenue. For information, call PRDI at (212) 362-1964.

December 19, 7:00pm, Tucson, AZ
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. Arizona FAMM meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. For info, contact Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Marilyn Krausch at (602) 887-0907.

December 30, Cedar Rapids, IA
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For info, contact Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Peggy Demkier at (319) 362-5868. Iowa FAMM meets the last Monday of each quarter.

January 26-30, 1997, Hong Kong
2nd Annual Int'l Conference on Drug Abuse; for info, e-mail [email protected].

February 15, 9:00am-4:00pm, Baltimore, MD
Annual City Wide Coalition Flea Market and Antique Show, Student Union Complex, Johns Hopkins University. Call CWC at (410) 728-7811 for info on participating as a buyer or seller.

February 18-21, 1997, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Pathways to Penal Abolition, International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA VIII). Hosted by the Movement for Alternative to Prison and the National Movement for Habilitation Centres and Restorative Justice in New Zealand. Closing date for registration: Oct. 31, 1996. Registration: NZ $200 (approx. US $100). For further information, contact Chris Cooper, Box 32 316 Devonport, Auckland 9, NEW ZEALAND, (64) (9) 445-1011.

March 16-18, 1997, Sydney, Australia
First Australian Conference on Hepatitis C. Program Tracts: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Epidemiology and Social Research, Public Health - Prevention and Community Support. For information, contact Conference Secretariat, P.O. Box 818, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051, Australia, [email protected].

March 23-27, 1997, Paris, France
Eighth International Conference on the Reduction of Drug- Related Harm, at the Maison de la Mutualite, Paris. For information, contact: HIT Conferences, Cavern Walks, 8 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE, UK, 44-151-227-4423 (voice), 44-151-227-4023 (fax).

April 13-16, 1997, Chicago, IL
AMTA Methadone Conference, "Brave Leadership in Challenging Times", to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. For information, contact: American Methadone Treatment Association (AMTA), 875 Kings Highway, Suite 200, Woodbury, NJ 08096-3172, (609) 845-1270. Methadone advocates, especially patients, should inquire about "working scholarships".

April 21-23, 1997, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Conference on Cities and Addiction; for info, call 31-0-24- 323-44-71.

April 24-26, 1997 North American
Syringe Exchange Convention VII, sponsored by the North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN), 535 Dock St., Suite 112, Tacoma, WA 98402, (voice), (206) 272- 8415 (fax), [email protected]. Location to be determined.

May 10-14, 1997, Canton, MS Weaving a New Vision of Hope, Thread by Thread, Color by Color, Design by Design. National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry annual conference. For info, call NCJPM at (202) 547-1715.

May 24-29, 1997, Cairo, Egypt
ICAA/CIPAT 41st Int'l Institute; for info, e-mail [email protected].

June 1-5, 1997, Oslo, Norway Europe
Against Drug Abuse;for info, call 47-22-11-21-90.

September 17-20, 1997, Slovenia
3rd Annual Methadone Conference; for info, e-mail [email protected].

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