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Nader Alert on drug war, death penalty, prison industrial complex. October 2, 2000 Action Alert from the Nader 2000 Campaign email list.
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The following "print mission" is from the October 2, 2000 Action Alert from the Nader 2000 Campaign email list. You can sign up for the list from VoteNader.org at:
http://www.votenader.org

The print mission excerpt is followed by the rest of the alert.

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PRINT MISSION: The topic for this week's letter to the editor is the connection between the failed war on drugs, the death penalty, and the for-profit prison industry. Both major party candidates are supportive of these failed policies and are taking money from the prison industrial complex. Some points to include:

* The War on Drugs:

Nader: The War on Drugs unfairly targets people of color and the poor. Drug abusers do not need to be incarcerated-they need opportunity and treatment. Opposes the criminalization of drugs, and the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders.

Gore and Bush: The Clinton-Gore Administration has shown little creativity in coming up with new approaches to drug problems. Neither Gore nor Bush have shown any inclination or ability or the courage necessary to come up with new approaches that would reduce the drug problem.

* The Death Penalty:

Nader: Has opposed the death penalty since he was a law student at Harvard. Opposes the death penalty because it does not deter and is discriminatory against people of color and those who cannot afford competent legal counsel. Supports moratorium on the death penalty

Bush: Supports the death penalty. Texas has one of the highest execution rates in the United States. People of color are disproportionately represented on death row in Texas.

Gore: Supports the death penalty. Has been silent on the injustices of the death penalty, such as the disproportionate representation of people of color on death row.

* Prison Industrial Complex:

Nader: Calls for corporations, such as the Corrections Corporation of America-the largest multinational prison corporation operating in the United States-to get out of the prison industry; human dignity should come before profits. Corporations wrongfully exploit prisoners, who are disproportionately people of color. Prisoners are used as cheap labor to increase corporate profits. He believes that public policy should be aimed at reducing the incarceration rate through treatment and rehabilitation-not locking people up by the masses.

Bush and Gore: Both encourage the growth of the corporate prison industry. Both have accepted more than $100,000 in soft money that corporations running for-profit prisons have given to both the DNC and RNC. The corporate-prison industry has grown tremendously under the eight years of the Clinton administration, particularly in George W. Bush's state of Texas.

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Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 12:40:06 -0400

Reply-To: campaign@VOTENADER.ORG

From: Nader 2000 Campaign <campaign@VOTENADER.ORG>

Subject: Action Alert: Democracy on Death Row

To: NEWSLETTER@LIST.VOTENADER.ORG

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Dear Citizen Activist:

Our hard-work is starting to have an impact. The incredible turnout at our Super-Rallies, and the constant protests to Let Ralph Debate have raised the eyebrows of the establishment media who had declared our campaign dead in the water. We are also moving up in the polls. We are at 7% in California, 9% in Maine, 7% in Connecticut, and an astounding 17% in Alaska.

We must now broaden our focus to include efforts that demonstrate our strengths at the grassroots level. Simple things like wearing a Nader Button, putting that bumper-sticker on your car, and helping distribute literature in your neighborhood or putting up yardsigns will be critical to our success. Most people don't know that Ralph is in the campaign or that there is an alternative to the tired old politics as usual.

DIRECT ACTION MISSION: This week we need to protest that Texas prisoners aren't the only ones on death row, by excluding Ralph Nader from the debates the two parties are placing democracy on death row. Hold silent vigils, mock funeral processions, and show trials for the corrupt major party candidates who also support the death penalty, the drug war, and the for profit prison industry. These events can be held in front of your local Rep. or Dem. office to highlight the placing of American democracy on death row. Alert local media, dress in black, build caskets, and put tape over your mouths to show that you've been silenced. Have fun, but always be polite and peaceful.

OUTREACH MISSION: This week we need to reach out to local community groups that are holding candidate forums. You don't need to have public speaking experience to explain why the current political system isn't working for you. Two ideas that are important to express are : 1) That the campaign finance system is corrupting the political system and the two major parties are marinating in corporate money. 2) If you are not in one of the half dozen "battleground" states, a vote for Ralph Nader is not a wasted vote. The winner take all system of the electoral-college means that if Bush is going to win your state anyway a vote for Gore is a wasted vote. If Gore is going to win your state then a vote for Ralph Nader won't hurt and you can be free to vote your hopes and dreams instead of your fears.

FUNDRAISING MISSION: The Nader 2000 Campaign Needs You to Party!

With the election only 5 weeks away you may be wondering "What can I do to get involved in the Nader 2000 Campaign?" One great way to contribute is to raise funds and awareness about the campaign by throwing a campus or neighborhood houseparty! Houseparties are small-scale fundraiser/time-raisers held in homes, campuses, or community centers by folks who want to help spread the word about the only Presidential team with an authentic record of reform - Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke. Houseparties are a great way to get involved in the grassroots political process to organize a truly progressive third party while having fun with your friends, family and co-workers.

During the month of October the campaign will be sponsoring a "Get Out and Vote-Houseparty Rally Contest". Between the dates of October 1-28, the states that raise the most money, volunteers, and support, through house-parties, will win a rally the weekend before the election hosted by one of our Citizen Committee Members.

For more information about hosting a house-party and contest guidelines, please visit our website: http://www.votenader.org/materials/houseparty/

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*Greens and the Drug War. Worldwide. LINKS. Green Party candidates, positions, platforms, etc.. Concerning the Drug War, cannabis, marijuana, harm reduction, etc.. Ralph Nader info, links.
http://corporatism.tripod.com/greens.htm and
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/greens.htm ___
*9-2000. MAP/DrugNews SEARCH SHORTCUT for many press articles about RALPH NADER's September 8, 2000 press conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he called for legalizing cannabis/marijuana, and for harm reduction drug reform. Ralph Nader "called for the legalization of marijuana as part of an overhaul of the nation's 'self-defeating and antiquated drug laws.' ... Legalizing marijuana, Nader said, would allow the government to regulate and potentially tax its use like tobacco products." -Albuquerque Journal, September 8, 2000.
http://www.mapinc.org/find?BK=nader+johnson+santa&YY1=1997


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