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8/6/96

Drug Policy Reform Calendar

THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR (updated 8/6/96)
A service of the Drug Reform Coordination Network

The Reformer's Calendar is a comprehensive listing of events relating to drug policy reform, as well as 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.

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Featured items in this issue of the Reformer's Calendar are the 10th International Conference on Drug Policy Reform, Nov. 6-9 in Washington, DC; the 1st National Harm Reduction Conference, Sep. 18-21 in Oakland, CA; and The Lindesmith Center's Special Drug Policy Seminar Series, Drug Treatment Reconsidered: Harm Reduction Perspectives, in New York City, ongoing through Oct. 17.


August 6, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Methadone treatment as part of normal health care: The Amsterdam experience. Gerrit van Santen, MD, speaks on integrating methadone maintenance treatment with existing health care services. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

August 6, Merion, PA
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Irv & Cooky Duboff at (610) 667-9313.

August 6, 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.

August 7, 6:30 pm, Cambridge, MA
Coalition of Prisoner Families and Friends meeting. At the American Friends Service Committee office, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140, north of the Porter Square T-stop. Call (617) 661-6130 to verify.

August 7-10, Santa Monica, CA
Anatomy of Trying Drug Cases. Annual meeting & seminar of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). For info, contact Kate Carroll at (202) 872-8688.

August 9, 7:30pm, Waltham, MA
Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition Summer Meeting, at Costello's Pub, 869 Main St. Dutch Treat dinner at 7:30, followed by a Kick-Off Freedom Rally '96 meeting. Seats for dinner are limited, so call (617) 944-CANN to RSVP.

August 10, 11:00am-3:00pm, Buellton, CA
California C.U.R.E. chapter meeting at Federico's Mexican Restaurant, 585 McMurry. Topic will be the current status of legal challenges to the proposal to restrict visitations by the California Department of Corrections. For info, call Barbara Green at (805) 733-7908; please do not call the restaurant. The California chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants is focusing on Family visitation regulations and restrictions, Modification of the California 3-Strikes Law, and Meaningful education/work for prisoners in the implementation of Prison Based Industries in California prisons.

August 13, noon, Washington DC
National Drug Strategy Network meeting, 122 Maryland Ave. NE (ACLU building). For information, call Eric Sterling at (202) 835-9075.

August 13, 7:30pm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For info, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Tena Aiello at (954) 527-4903. Ft. Lauderdale FAMM meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

August 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Redway, CA Declaration Workshop, training volunteers in how to take a declaration from a complainant. Sponsored by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project. For information, call Connie Rose at (707) 923-4646.

August 15, 7:00pm, Tucson, AZ
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. Arizona FAMM meets the third Thursday of each month. For info, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Marilyn Krausch at (602) 887-0907.

August 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Redway, CA
The Humboldt Bandwagon, sponsored by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. The Bandwagon is a monthly musical variety program, sponsored by different community not-for-profit organizations, and broadcast live on local public radio. Net proceeds go to the sponsoring group. For information and/or tickets, contact Connie Rose at (707) 923-4646.

August 16-19, Beverly Shores, IN
Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) federal conference, at St. Ann's Church in Beverly Shores, Indiana. For info, contact Charlie Sullivan, P.O. Box 2310, Washington, DC 20013-2310, (202) 789-2126.

August 17-18, San Luis Obispo, CA
Get Out the Vote conference for the California Medical Marijuana Initiative, featuring speakers from Californians for Medical Rights, Friends of the Medical Marijuana Initiative, Cannabis Buyer's Clubs and California NORML. At the Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, corner of Monterey and Grand, starting 10:00am Saturday morning. For info, directions or hotel & campground recommendations, call the Grassroots Support Center, (510) 486-8090, or Californians for Medical Rights, (310) 394-2952.

August 19-24, Whistler, British Columbia
Reclaiming Our Liberties From Out-of-Control Governments. International libertarian conference sponsored by the International Society for Individual Liberty. For info, contact Kurt Pokrandt, ISIL Conference Registrar, 89 Bonnymuir Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada V7S 1L1, (604) 926- 0396 (voice/fax), [email protected], or http://clipper.uvic.ca/~luxlucre/isilcon96/ on the web.

August 20, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Houston, TX
Who Should Lead The War On Drugs? Doctors Or The Police? Public forum featuring Kevin Zeese of Common Sense for Drug Policy, with panelists Lee Brown recently US "drug czar," now Professor of Public Affairs and Senior Scholar of the Baker Institute at Rice University, Tom Burks, Executive V.P. for Research & Academic Affairs at the UT Health Science Center, and a former President of the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Asst. Chief Art Contreras of the Houston Police Dept., James Douglas, President of Texas Southern University, formerly Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU, and Malcolm Skolnick, Professor of Technology and Health Law at the UT School of Public Health. Moderated by Ned Hibberd of Channel 26's "City Under Siege." At the Physics Amphitheatre at Rice University. First of a series of three. For info, call (713) 266-4329 (Houston), (214) 827- 1514 (Dallas), or e-mail [email protected].

August 20, 4:00pm, New York, NY
A harm reduction analysis of traditional drug treatment. Edith Springer, ACSW, is Clinical Director of the New York Peer AIDS Education Coalition (NYPAEC) and a harm reduction trainer. A panel of NYPAEC peer educators will join Ms. Springer in articulating the difference between harm reduction models and moral, criminal, and disease models. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

August 21, 6:30pm, Cambridge, MA
Coalition of Prisoner Families and Friends meeting. At the American Friends Service Committee office, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140, north of the Porter Square T-stop. Call (617) 661-6130 to verify.

August 21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Redway, CA
Video Techniques Workshop, given by a volunteer of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project. How to use a video camera to document law enforcement activities and civil rights abuses. For information, call Connie Rose at (707) 923-4646.

August 22-25, Seattle, WA
2nd National HIV/AIDS Housing Conference. For information, contact AIDS Housing of Washington, (206) 443-3320 (voice), (206) 441-9485 (fax).

August 24, Tallahassee, FL
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM.

September 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.

September 7, 10:15am-noon, Washington, DC
Forum on the US Probation Department, sponsored by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, at the Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW, Room 315.

September 7, Butner, NC
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM.

September 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.

September 11, 6:30 pm, Cambridge, MA
Coalition of Prisoner Families and Friends meeting. At the American Friends Service Committee office, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140, north of the Porter Square T-stop. Call (617) 661-6130 to verify. Meets weekly on Wednesdays during the fall through spring.

September 12, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Methadone clinics: An informed critique. Robert Maslansky, MD, Medical Director of the Addiction Rehabilitation Program, a methadone maintenance treatment program at NYU- Bellevue Medical Center, will discuss the struggle to provide appropriate, individualized care within a standard methadone clinic. Dr. Maslansky will be joined by patients from the NYU-Bellevue MMTP. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

September 15-18, Austin, TX
Expanding on What Works: 4th Annual Research Conference of the International Community Corrections Association. Includes workshops on Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice issues, Impact of drunk driving crashes, Differential Supervision, Treatment Readiness and Responsivity, and other topics. Admission ranges from $40 to $250, depending on how much of the conference one attends, when one registers and whether one is a member. For more information, contact ICCA, P.O. Box 1987, LaCrosse, WI 54602, (608) 785-0200 (voice), (608) 784-5335.

September 17, Texas Southern University.
Has The War On Drugs Done More Harm Than Good? Featuring Dan Baum, author of Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure. Sponsored by the Drug Policy Forum of Texas. For info, call (713) 266-4329 (Houston), (214) 827-1514 (Dallas), or e-mail [email protected].

September 17, Oakland, CA
Pre-conference meeting day for methadone advocates, in advance of the First National Harm Reduction Conference. Sponsored by the National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA) and Methadone - A Legitimate Treatment Alternative (MALTA). For information, contact Joycelyn Woods at (212) 595-NAMA, [email protected], or Diane Fleury-Seaman at (916) 742-0637, [email protected].

September 18-21, Oakland, CA
*****The First National Harm Reduction Conference*****
Sponsored by the Harm Reduction Coalition, 3223 Lake Shore Ave., Oakland, CA 94610, (510) 444-6969 x16 (voice), (510) 444-6977 (fax), e-mail: [email protected]. Admission $200 or $180 for members, if registering before August 15. Will includes sessions on harm reduction practice, expanding drug treatment options, putting harm reduction programs in place, needle exchange, harm reduction as violence prevention and intervention, community organizing, networking, harm reduction policy, organizing user groups, occupational health, art and culture, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, research, mental health, recovery, spirituality and population- specific harm reduction.

September 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.

September 19-20, Washington, DC
National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research, at the Marriot Hotel at Metro Center. For information, contact: Capitol Consulting Corporation, 11900 Parklawn Dr., Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 468-6001 (voice), (301) 468-0338 (fax).

September 21, noon-5:00pm, Boston, MA
7th Annual Freedom Rally, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, (617) 944-CANN, featuring Richard Stratton, Prison Life magazine, Mel King, former Boston City Councilor, Steve Hager, High Times magazine, John Sinclair, David Lenson, U-Mass Amherst, Richard Evans, NORML, and Al Giordano, The Boston Phoenix, and music by Letters to Cleo, Bim Skala Bim and others.

September 21, Burnsville, MN Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Judy Smith at (612) 895-4048.

September 25, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Medical maintenance: A doctor's experience with methadone prescription. Edwin Salsitz, MD, of Beth Israel Medical Center, one of the few doctors in general medical practice in the US who has experience with methadone maintenance in a general practice setting, will discuss the prescription of methadone for addiction treatment in a private practice setting. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

September 28, Austin, TX
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call Andrea Strong at (606) 746-FAMM or Pamela McCue at (512) 452-1303.

September 28-29, noon-6:00pm, San Francisco, CA
The Great San Francisco Marijuana Medicine Show and Harvest Festival, fundraiser for the 1996 California Medical Marijuana Initiative, at Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, 9th & Lincoln Ave. Music Exhibits, Speakers, Workshops, Drug War Museum; Saturday evening concert with ZERO (7- 11pm); Sunday afternoon Hemp Fashion Show + Rave (3-6pm). Admission $8/day, seniors & disabled half price; concert $10 separate admission; $15 combo package. Reservations available from California NORML, 2215 Market St. #278, San Francisco, CA 94114 (make check payable to NORML). For vendor information, contact Tom Flowers, (510) 652-1426.

September 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.

October 1, 8, 15, 7:30pm-9:30 pm, Oakland, CA
Media Strategies that Really Work for Community Groups. Media Skills Class for activists, with Rachel Richman, Senior Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to California Assemblyman Tom Bates. For registration and fee info, contact Joan Adams, (510) 653-7681.

October 3, 4:00pm, New York, NY
How are therapeutic communities changing with changing times? Dr. Jerome Carroll, Chief Clinical Officer at Project Return, will talk about the role of the therapeutic community (TC) given changing client needs and the political and fiscal climate. Joined by a panel of Project Return former clients, Dr. Carroll will focus discussion on where common ground might be found between harm reduction and TCs. Project Return is on of the four largest therapeutic community programs in the country. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

October 5, Amherst, MA
Campaign for Restorative Justice, exploratory meeting. Site and time to be announced. For information, contact John Wilmerding at (802) 254-5911, [email protected]

October 9, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Acupuncture treatment modality: Working with prenatal/postpartum cocaine using women. Nancy Smalls, Coordinator of Maternal Substance abuse Services at Lincoln Hospital, and Mindy Fullilove, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Columbia University, will lead a panel discussion with cocaine using patients. The panel will focus on acupuncture treatment, its effects, and its usefulness in treating symptoms of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder in cocaine using women, and will present the "Lincoln Model" which highlights harm reduction and a tolerant approach to the recovery process. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

October 9, 16, 23, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Albany, CA
Media Strategies that Really Work for Community Groups. Media Skills Class for activists, with Rachel Richman, Senior Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to California Assemblyman Tom Bates. For registration and fee info, call (510) 559-6580.

October 17, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Methadone advocacy comes of age: Bringing patients and providers together. A panel discussion between the most prominent national methadone patient and methadone provider advocacy groups, including Joycelyn Woods, Stan Novick and Hector Maldonado of the National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA) and Mark Parrino, President of the American Methadone Treatment Association (AMTA). At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

October 18, Houston, TX
Should Drugs Be Legalized? 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 25, New York, NY
Harm Reduction/Relapse Prevention Conference, New School for Social Research, 66 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10011.

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 information, call Elaine Enns, (800) 909-VORP, e-mail [email protected], or http://www.fresno.edu/pacs/rjconf.html on the web.

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 DPF.

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].

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 Conferencesw, 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", 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 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.

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