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ACTION ALERT

Sign the online petition at www.buzzlife.com

S 2633 - The RAVE Act

For the full text of this bill, please go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search for S 2633

Purpose: Senators Grassley and Biden on June 18th proposed the Reducing America's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (S2633). This RAVE Act is in the Senate now and is awaiting a vote. This proposed bill focuses on establishments that feature electronic dance music. Under this bill, the federal government would have the power to prosecute law-abiding, tax paying venue owners and event promoters for the actions of their customers.

Status: This bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate and can be voted on anytime on or after July 8th, 2002.

Background: Senate Bill 2633 is an attempt by legislators to reduce the illegal use of ecstasy by re-writing Title 21 U.S. Code Section 856 (aka the "crack house law") so that it can be easily used to shut down electronic dance music events. This legislation adds a $250,000 minimum civil liability clause to the existing criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and possible $500,000 fine. This legislation could have a devastating effect on the electronic dance music community.

The RAVE Act along with other bills such as H.R. 3782, known as Clean, Learn, Educate, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production (CLEAN-UP) of Methamphetamines Act of 2002, seriously jeopardize the liberties of law-abiding promoters and partygoers. Language used in both bills specifically target electronic dance music, even identifying events or raves as places with bass heavy sounds and repetitive rhythms. Targeting a music genre clearly violates our civil freedom. For more information on the effect this could have on you, visit www.aclu.org and search for "rave".

What You Can Do: Take action NOW! S 2633 was introduced under special rules and could be voted on as soon as July 8th, 2002

1. Sign the online petition, go to http://buzzlife.com/buzzdc/page.cfm?pg=contests&contest_id=13

2. Write or call your respective Senators and House Representatives and make it clear that you want them to vote against the RAVE Act in the Senate, and the CLEAN-UP Act in the House.

You can contact your representatives by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. To find your representatives, go to http://www.vote-smart.org/.

3. Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, coworkers to sign the petition and call their representatives.

Some Points to Make:

The electronic dance music industry and culture has existed for 20 years.

There is a viable industry of electronic music professionals that in no way profit or promote drug use.

Electronic music is a part of our mainstream society. Corporate entities such as Volkswagen and Gap Inc are currently featuring this music in their commercials.

Law abiding, tax paying venue owners and event promoters should not be held accountable for the actions of their patrons.

Electronic dance music has saturated the US at nightclubs, concert halls and festivals, as well as on TV, radio and cable. It is a form of artistic expression, which is NOT synonymous with drug use.

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ACTION ALERT

Sign the online petition at www.buzzlife.com

S 2633 - The RAVE Act

For the full text of this bill, please go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search for S 2633

Purpose: Senators Grassley and Biden on June 18th proposed the Reducing America's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (S2633). This RAVE Act is in the Senate now and is awaiting a vote. This proposed bill focuses on establishments that feature electronic dance music. Under this bill, the federal government would have the power to prosecute law-abiding, tax paying venue owners and event promoters for the actions of their customers.

Status: This bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate and can be voted on anytime on or after July 8th, 2002.

Background: Senate Bill 2633 is an attempt by legislators to reduce the illegal use of ecstasy by re-writing Title 21 U.S. Code Section 856 (aka the "crack house law") so that it can be easily used to shut down electronic dance music events. This legislation adds a $250,000 minimum civil liability clause to the existing criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and possible $500,000 fine. This legislation could have a devastating effect on the electronic dance music community.

The RAVE Act along with other bills such as H.R. 3782, known as Clean, Learn, Educate, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production (CLEAN-UP) of Methamphetamines Act of 2002, seriously jeopardize the liberties of law-abiding promoters and partygoers. Language used in both bills specifically target electronic dance music, even identifying events or raves as places with bass heavy sounds and repetitive rhythms. Targeting a music genre clearly violates our civil freedom. For more information on the effect this could have on you, visit www.aclu.org and search for "rave".

What You Can Do: Take action NOW! S 2633 was introduced under special rules and could be voted on as soon as July 8th, 2002

1. Sign the online petition, go to http://buzzlife.com/buzzdc/page.cfm?pg=contests&contest_id=13

2. Write or call your respective Senators and House Representatives and make it clear that you want them to vote against the RAVE Act in the Senate, and the CLEAN-UP Act in the House.

You can contact your representatives by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. To find your representatives, go to http://www.vote-smart.org/.

3. Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, coworkers to sign the petition and call their representatives.

Some Points to Make:

The electronic dance music industry and culture has existed for 20 years.

There is a viable industry of electronic music professionals that in no way profit or promote drug use.

Electronic music is a part of our mainstream society. Corporate entities such as Volkswagen and Gap Inc are currently featuring this music in their commercials.

Law abiding, tax paying venue owners and event promoters should not be held accountable for the actions of their patrons.

Electronic dance music has saturated the US at nightclubs, concert halls and festivals, as well as on TV, radio and cable. It is a form of artistic expression, which is NOT synonymous with drug use.

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