There’s a pretty cool guy named Carlo Garcia (who happens to be a friend of mine) who created quite a stir by spending a year giving a small amount to a different charity each day and blogging about it. (see Living Philanthropic). He got written up in the national press and his small gifts encouraged tons of others to give as well.
His latest follow-up on this successful project is Cyber Giving Monday. Take the concept of Cyber Monday (the online follow-up to Black Friday), but instead of buying more stuff that you may not need, make a difference to some useful organization. Then write about it and/or tweet about it to #CyberGivingMonday.
I think it’s a great idea and I’ve given a donation to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition for Cyber Giving Monday.
About Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
LEAP envisions a world in which drug policies work for the benefit of society and keep our communities safer. A system of legalization and regulation will end the violence, better protect human rights, safeguard our children, reduce crime and disease, treat drug abusers as patients, reduce addiction, use tax dollars more efficiently, and restore the public’s respect and trust in law enforcement.
LEAP’s goals are: (1) To educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug use and the elevated crime rates more properly related to drug prohibition than to drug pharmacology and (2) To restore the public’s respect for police, which has been greatly diminished by law enforcements involvement in imposing drug prohibition.
LEAP’s main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to create a constantly growing speakers bureau staffed with knowledgeable and articulate current and former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the excessive financial and human costs associated with current drug policies.
LEAP’s voice is a powerful one that can do a lot. It’s amazing the impact a former police or Coast Guard officer or judge can have talking to a Kiwanis or Rotary club about the destruction of prohibition.
Join me in supporting LEAP, or make your own Cyber Giving Monday donation and talk about it here.