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Stories from the week of November 4, 2011

COP on the Hill

November 4, 2011

Your Voice in the United States Congress

What keeps me going:  While away this week at the bi-annual, international drug conference (Drug Policy Alliance’s), I received this from a Senate staffer I met last week.

Hi Howard,

 Thank you very much for your time as well.  It is definitely a delicate subject, but I will bring it up with the Senator and see if we can find some common ground.  Keep in touch and please let us know of any new developments.



Another aide I have known for three years ended our follow-up meeting saying, I was doing ‘yeoman’s work’ defined by Webster as = exceptionally good, useful or loyal service or assistance. ..  I had to look it up.

Good to see you again:  Karen and I flew to Los Angeles Wednesday morning for the four day, bi-annual drug conference of the Drug Policy Alliance.  Meeting those I knew and chatting to new attendees lifted my spirits, knowing that so many are involved in the struggle.  A new record -1500 – filled the rooms. 

Amongst several interviews and filming for documentaries, Karen and I attended an anti-drug rally in MacArthur Park.  Univision (national, Spanish TV) interviewed me and I was pleased, when they put me on for a 9 second sound bite on the evening news.  Many thanks to the person who told them I spoke Spanish.

 Stats for COP’s third year, started on August 1, 2011:

180 presentations to Congressional staffers:     this week

3 Letter to the Editor:   this week

2 Television appearance:  this week

5 Other media (blogs, cable TV, etc): 3 this week

3 radio shows:  1 this week

8 (Member of Congress) contacts:    this week

2 Major conferences attended: Drug Policy Alliance International,  Congressional Black Caucus annual

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COP total stats in first two years:  August 1, 2009 thru July 31, 2011)

 649 Presentations to Congressional staffers

22 Appearances on major TV networks

10 published interviews in newspapers

12 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, etc

57 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $56,000)

19 brief chats with Members of Congress

13 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, etc.

6 major conferences attended (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, etc)

Permanent invitation to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 140 conservative VIPs.

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