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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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"24 Hours to End the War on Drugs"
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which was convened by the former presidents of Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, and includes former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other prominent political leaders, will hold a press conference tomorrow in New York calling for an end to the War on Drugs.

From the Global Commission's web site:

    The Global Commission on Drug Policy will build on the successful experience of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy convened by former presidents Cardoso of Brazil, Gaviria of Colombia and Zedillo of Mexico. Persuaded that the association between drug trade, violence and corruption was a threat to democracy in Latin America, the Commission reviewed the current 'war on drugs' policies and opened a public debate about an issue that tends to be surrounded by fear and misinformation.
    The Global Commission on Drug Policy will host a live press conference and teleconference on Thursday, June 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to launch a new report that describes the drug war as a failure and calls for a paradigm shift in global drug policy.

    The Commission is the most distinguished group of high-level leaders who have ever called for such far-reaching changes in the way society deals with illicit drugs - such as decriminalization and urging countries to experiment with legal regulation. The Executive Director of the global advocacy organization AVAAZ, with its nine million members worldwide, will present a public petition in support of the Global Commission's recommendations that will be given to the United Nations Secretary General.

Avaaz is like the international version of MoveOn.org. Would you sign their petition today, and repost this link elsewhere?

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