You probably have your own personal New Year’s resolutions, but if you are really committed to drug policy reform, why not set a few drug policy reform resolutions as well? (And if you’re reading this on New Year’s eve or New Year’s day, I think it’s fair to say that you’re pretty committed.)
What we really need is grass roots growth. Sure, write your Representative if you want, but that shouldn’t count toward meeting your resolutions. Change minds. Increase the knowledge and boost the courage of the vast population of potential allies out there.
1. Get involved in a conversation with someone new about drug policy reform. Aim for once a month. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation. Ask them if they heard about a particular article or issue. If you want to make this easy, wear a LEAP t-shirt.
2. Write a letter to the editor. Aim for once a month. Most newspapers will let you write again after 30 days. Plus, there are thousands of papers you can write. Getting a letter published is more valuable than an expensive advertisement.
3. Tell others about Drug WarRant. If you think that this is a valuable site and that you learn more about drug policy reform by reading it, then let others know. Send a link to a story you like to a friend, post it on Facebook or Reddit or Twitter, or bring it up on a discussion board.
4. Make a financial commitment. Give something. Doesn’t need to be a lot, but do your part. Pick a drug policy reform organization that you’d like to support (I’m a fan of LEAP, but there are other good ones as well). And at the absolute minimum, you should tithe. A tithe is one-tenth, and often refers to the practice of giving 1/10th of your earnings to your church. But I’m suggesting a different kind of tithing. Give at least 1/10th of what you spend on drugs (including alcohol) to organizations that are working on creating better policies.
These aren’t hard. But if everyone who read this blog followed these resolutions, it would make a huge difference.