By Nora Callahan, Executive Director
And Gary Callahan, Prisoner of the Drug War
We are a growing body of citizens whose lives have been gravely affected by our government's present drug policy. Our goal is to make our voices heard, expose the folly of America's War on Drugs and demand change in current policy.
Our membership consists of the casualties of America's War on Drugs. We are inmates, parents of those incarcerated, wives, sisters, brothers, children, aunts, uncles and cousins. Some of us are simply friends, but all of us are concerned that our numbers are rising in absolutely horrific proportions.
The November Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the destructive increase in prison population in the United States and the steady erosion of our civil rights and freedoms by the federal government. We are dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and to the power of the several states. November Coalition seeks to inform the citizenry - particularly those who may be complacent - on the present and impending dangers of an overly powerful federal authority acting far beyond its constitutional constraints.
Aside from being a predictable failure, the war on drugs is a fraud that has resulted in the merging of state and federal law enforcement. It is our conviction that the war on drugs does nothing but insure the black market for drugs and their high profitability. Citizens are not safer, only less free. We see the drug war as the primary reason for the exploding prison population with its attendant societal and monetary toll and these costs are too high: there are currently 2 million Americans behind bars in this country, a rate that is seven times that of Europe, and these monstrous incarceration rates and the results they have on marriages and families is a national disgrace. The war on drugs promotes violence and social instability. There are now millions of "drug war orphans" with one or both parents in prison.
We seek to enlighten people about unjust sentencing laws, the increasing turmoil in the federal judiciary and about the manner in which politics are turned into law - bad law particularly - in ways inconsistent with safeguarding our essential freedoms. Our message is important, a case of now or never, and it is vital for our readers to comprehend that government is not society, but only a societal tool. That concept has been reversed and it is time to get it straight again.
PLEASE JOIN THE STRUGGLE TODAY!
Our Mission: To end the War on Drugs. Lend support to casualties of the war. Give visible, active support to proponents who are calling for an end to present Drug Policy.
We encourage you to join the November Coalition now - help give us a voice in drug policy reform. Our bimonthly newsletter, The Razor Wire is published on the Internet and as of 12//99 is mailed to over 6000 prisoners of the drug war and over 4000 concerned citizens. We ask those who have access to the Internet to keep apprised of the Coalition's news in this medium. If you know of anyone who would like to join the November Coalition, particularly those who do not have access to the Internet, please e-mail their name and address and an introduction to our organization will be mailed to them. Feel free to print and distribute our information to your friends and family.
The November Coalition
795 South Cedar
Colville, WA 99114