EM:DEF Newsletter - 5/4/01
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Our web-site is updated with video footage of the DEA
"Ecstasy and Club Drugs Conference" held last July.
In the footage, the DEA compares raves and nightclubs
to "crackhouses." They then proceed to explain that the
predominate reason people go to raves is just to buy
drugs. Finally, they state that investigation of club drug
use should extend beyond raves, to other venues.
We also added a link to a story in The New York Times
documenting several cases of law enforcement cracking
down on raves and nightclubs -- likely the result of last
years DEA Conference.
We hope you'll review this information,
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Table of contents:
1. Fundraising status
2. DEA Video
3. New York Times Piece
4. SPIN Magazine Piece
5. New Credit Card Processing
6. Events - How to throw a benefit
7. Join our mailing list - get the news first!
1. Following our announcement of some fundraising
success, donations dropped off in the end of April. In
fact, fewer than 300 people have donated to the fund!
If you are prepared to make a donation of even $15,
please do so today. If you can donate $50 or more,
you will receive a free poster donated by A & A Graphics.
Our new credit card processing makes it easier than before.
To donate, follow this link:
2. The DEA held The "Ecstasy and Club Drugs Conference"
in July of 2000 strategizing a campaign against clubs and raves.
EM:DEF received video footage from the conference. The videos
on our site are only clips of the conference, and have been edited
to highlight the growing movement to shut down nightclubs and
raves completely. The conference lasted three days.
The DEA believes, that promoters and venue managers of
electronic music events are responsible for drug sales in the clubs.
They also believe that rather than proving direct involvement they
can prosecute people simply because a customer uses a drug.
The video edits can be viewed on our web-site at:
(Server space donated by www.phatnetwork.net)
3. New York Times reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, has done
a story on law enforcement targeting clubs: (excerpt below)
Club Owners Are Focus of Effort to Combat Drug Use
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Law enforcement officials are no longer pursuing
just those who sell and take Ecstasy, but the
owners of clubs and other places where it is used.
Frustrated by the rising popularity of Ecstasy and
other illegal drugs among young nightclub revelers,
law enforcement agencies and local governments
around the country are increasingly going after the
clubs themselves, saying that the electronic music
they play has a close connection to abuse of these
For the full story, visit, then link:
4. SPIN Magazine's David Prince has covered the
New Orleans case in an article aptly titled "Southern
Discomfort". Acknowledging that "(Donnie) Estopinal
is one of the most renowned promoters on the American
dance music scene," SPIN helps to illustrate the danger
of this case. See the May Issue.
For the full story, visit, then download (pdf):
**Rolling Stone article in upcoming issue.
5. EM:DEF has a new credit card system for our web-site.
Donated by Trust Commerce, it allows a one click donation.
Several people wrote with concern that Pay Pal was tedious,
and didn't work for our friends in Scotland and other countries.
We hope you'll find the new system more agreeable.
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6. Many people have written and asked about throwing events
as benefits for EM:DEF. We welcome the opportunity to receive
donations from anyone, and certainly events are a good way to
get several people to pool money for a donation. Many requests
have asked that EM:DEF provide seed money for these events,
or that we assist in finding DJs to donate time. We would love to
do these things, but are constrained by availability of resources.
Experienced promoters wishing to do fundraiser events in a licensed
venue should contact Will Patterson: will@.... The unfortunate
reality is that the case in New Orleans will cost $200,000 by the
time we file our next Motion to Dismiss. If it goes to trial, the cost
will likely exceed $500,000.
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