Date: April 17, 2006
Subject: Save Tax Dollars: Put Federal Propagandists Out Of Business
Ten years ago, the founders of DrugSense and the Media Awareness Project (MAP) had a brilliant idea: spread the news of the drug war far and wide and let those with knowledge respond.
Since then, we have archived and distributed more than 160,000 stories about the drug war. We have helped other organizations use this amazing resource to support reform efforts. To see a sample of the stories we have distributed just in the past few days, see drugnews.org/. To help, please see drugsense.org/donate/.
It was such a brilliant idea that only eight years later federally funded drug warriors made their own lame copy. In January of 2004, a government propaganda site called Drugstory.org debuted a service called "In The News" - www.drugstory.org/inthenews/inthenews.asp
It was something like the MAP DrugNews service, but roughly one-tenth as useful.
"In The News" collected stories about the drug war from mainstream U.S. newspapers, summarized the stories, and then offered a weekly email with links for subscribers. But "In The News" hasn't distributed any stories since the end of 2005; it lasted only two years.
The drug news distribution war is over. MAP won.
Perhaps MAP won because we offered a superior product in the competitive marketplace of ideas. And it did so, despite all the resources available to prohibitionists, including direct access to the wallets of taxpayers.
MAP understands that, when all the facts are out, prohibition does not have a leg to stand on. However, we need help to continue getting those facts out.
Unlike "In The News" and its rather dense federal sponsors, we can not just appropriate more funds from public coffers. We depend on volunteers and generous donors to keep going. Please consider giving today.
Secure donations by credit card or PayPal account can be made at www.DrugSense.org/donate.
Checks should be made payable to DrugSense and mailed to:
14252 Culver Dr #328
Irvine, CA 92604-0326
Please note DrugSense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Tax-wise, you do not have a choice with propaganda like "In The News." You financed it and all the other destructive madness of the war on drugs.
Share a little with us voluntarily today, and we can help to make the drug war a bad memory, like "In The News."
Thank you for your continued support,
Executive Director, DrugSense
P.S. Here is a piece of good news: a generous donor has agreed to match all contributions for a limited time. Donate now and make twice the impact. Your gift will strike twice as hard against drug war propaganda.