I thought that maybe, maybe, after we woke people up to the lies and nastiness of the exhibit when it was in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry, and when it then was moved to a small corner at Navy Pier, that this incredibly offensive exhibit – Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause – might just curl up and die.
But no. It’s been brought back to life and it’ll be opening October 2 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, complete with a new section devoted to Southern California.
For those who weren’t around for the Chicago exhibit, the entire thing is a blatant P.R. piece for the DEA that tries to make the case that the DEA is actually fighting terrorism, when in fact, they are the terrorist enablers (if not the actual terrorists).
Drug WarRant readers helped to organize a protest at the Museum of Science and Industry that got national coverage (and you can read about my first day protesting here).
Good thing I haven’t retired DEA Targets America – Opening Eyes to the Damage Caused by the Drug War. It looks like it’s needed yet again.
I’m not likely to be able to get to L.A. for the opening to protest, but if any groups out there would like some assistance, we can probably help out. The flyer that I used in Chicago is available to be revised and used again.
It’s a great opportunity to educate.
Update: Flyer is revised slightly to be current. It’s designed to be full color on 4″ x 6″ card stock (a great size for handing out to people) and has a link to the website for full sources of everything on the card. Last time I got these done very inexpensively at PSPrint (and they looked great) — we can get 5,000 for about $180 including shipping to Los Angeles.
If there are SSDP groups or others who would like to take the lead in protesting the exhibit and getting the word out, I (and the fine readers of Drug WarRant) would be happy to pay for the flyers so that you’d have them. All I ask is that you do it in a way that reflects well upon drug policy reformers (polite, non-confrontational, professional).
Also, it appears that the California Science Center may be a slightly easier place to distribute flyers than the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The parking lot is exterior with a clear public outside walkway to the museum (as opposed to MSI’s linked underground garage). They may still try to restrict flyer distribution, but the Science Center is part of the State of California so they cannot prevent political speech, particularly on public sidewalks outside the museum, if patrons are not being accosted or prevented from getting to the entrance.