There are numerous levels of involvement and kinds of activism you can be involved in
beyond letter writing. For example:
Help and volunteerism is what we're about. If you have the abilities and/or desire we
need help in the following categories:
- Letter writers: Read the DrugSense weekly and/or review the collection of news articles
from the shortcut at the top of the previous page. Select an article that motivates you
and write a letter using the email address usually provided with the article.
Alternately sign up for our national Focus Alerts which select one particularly important
news item this week which is focused upon by our entire national network of letter
writing volunteers. Subscribe to either the DrugSense Weekly Newsletter or the
National Focus Alert service by filling out our
In A Hurry form.
Find news articles on drug policy issues and either scan or copy them and
forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org This can be done by monitoring any of hundreds of on-line
newspapers or by scanning articles from you local paper. You select the paper(s) you choose
- Recruiters: Visit news groups, email chat lists, and other sources for large groups of
reform minded people and encourage them to visit our web pages, subscribe to our
DrugSense Weekly newsletter and to get involved. Other creative methods of attracting
more members is highly encouraged.
- Fund raise: We are always short of funding either contribute or try to find others
to do so.
Or you can mail in your tax deductible contributions to:
PO Box 651
Porterville, CA 93258
Checks can be made out to either DrugSense or The Media Awareness Project (MAP)
- Become a State/Issue Leader: Start a local reform group in your state or country.
If you have 20 people who will help by engaging in the above types of activities we
will provide a free email list to coordinate your groups activities and provide
guidance to get you started. Once you get going we will also create and support a web
page for your group. All at no charge to your organization.
- Spread the word about our huge searchable archive of news articles at
It can answer practically any question on drug policy, help you prepare for debates or
media appearances, provide a research tool for local media, enhance your fact checking and
accuracy for letter writing and much more.
- Use and distribute the valuable collection of
Drug War Facts.
It is a large collection of facts citations and myth de bunkers. If the average citizen
was aware of just this collection of facts support for the "War on Drugs" would erode by
orders of magnitude
- Editors: We are constantly looking for editors to help post the hundreds of news
articles we find on drug policy matters each week. Full training is provided and you
can utilize our excellent "roboeditor" software to assist you and to determine how
much or little you are able to do at any given time. To look into becoming a
DrugNews Editor please contact our senior editor Richard Lake.
- Focus Alert Specialist: (FAS) We need people to select articles and write up Focus Alerts.
These are alerts that are distributed to state or issue based lists as well as to our
entire national list of activists when appropriate. These Focus Alerts help coordinate
large numbers of letter writers to coordinate their activities towards a specific "target"
news article thus increasing our impact and effectiveness. Again a template and training
is provided. For more information on becoming a Focus Alert Specialist please contact
Jo-D Dunbar or Mark Greer.
- Broadcast Media Specialist: A relatively new area of interest for the MAP effort is
reporting on drug related broadcast media events and encouraging letter writers to
respond as appropriate to encourage accuracy in reporting in this important medium.
We use the "TVEyes" service to report such event to you. This service will email you
whenever there is a mention of your key words on the air. You then report this event
to your group and letter writing to the TV station(s) or networks are encouraged.
You can of course broadcast a short report of anything you happen to catch on the air
as well. Ideally all such reports should include Email contact info to enable easy
letter writing follow up by all interested group participants.
When appropriate an occasional national Alert will be broadcast to the entire network.