Today we have much to be thankful for. This week marks the first anniversary of the Georgia CARE Project – and it has been a success!
Twelve months ago Ron Williams and I (James Bell) agreed that Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc. should form this project in an effort to move the cannabis reform issue forward. We saw that 20 states (D.C.) have medical laws and two state had just legalized. It was a sign to us that Georgia should be more engaged in the reform movement. We have accomplished many of our short term goals – take a look…
· A volunteer webmaster who is doing a great job in driving traffic and getting us organized
· Worked with various organizations in an effort to build a coalition around our issue
· Lobbied our legislators and secured some support for reform
· Participated in various public speaking events and forums – conferences / parade / collages
· Raised enough donations to purchase our basic needs – printing / internet / travel / merchandise
· Organizing in several cities around Georgia including a collage affiliate at University of Georgia
· Appeared on several radio & TV programs including Public Radio (WABE) (WRFG) (Cable Access)
· A donation of a new Desk top PC / folding table / banner
We are so thankful for all the support we have gotten from people around the state, nation and even internationally.
People have donated cash, created graphics, distributed literature, wrote letters to lawmakers, made phone calls, and just emailed us and called to say thank you for what we are doing. You have kept us inspired!
We would like to thank Sharon Ravert and Peachtree NORML for their diligence and help in our efforts.
A special thanks to the legislators who were inspired enough to call us and ask ‘how can we help”. We look forward to working with them and building more support.
What once seems a daunting task now seems very real and achievable. It will not be easy and it will not be done as fast as we want it too. But we are willing to dedicate our efforts for as long as it takes to achieve our goals. We hope you will continue to help us!
Now we are preparing for a very busy 2014. We have the momentum to move forward and set our goals even higher. But we need your help!
We have a big wish list which we must share with you. Take a look…
We need the following:
· Monthly pledge of $45.00 to cover our internet connection
· $200 for a new computer monitor
· $300 will buy a Windows Tablet for showing power point presentations and videos
· $400 per month (3 months) to cover expenses for lobbying at the state capitol
· $500 for printing brochures and cards ($500 will purchase 10,000 tri-fold brochures)
· $1000 will buy a line of merchandise that will raise $3000
These are some of the basic needs. We hope you will consider contributing to one of these project.
While we would obviously welcome a $1000 donation, a contribution in any amount would help tremendously. Go here and make a donation – $10 – $25 – $50 – $100 – $500 -$1000 – Other.
Also, we are working to organize in your town. If you are willing to be our representative we will help you get organized and hold your first meeting. We are also available for public speaking and media interviews.
Again, we are thankful we have your support. Without you we could not have accomplish what we have. We hope you have a great holiday season and we look forward to continuing our work in 2014.
Perhaps more importantly, we should not forget those who are incarcerated for marijuana and cannot be with their family and friends this holiday season. It is for them that we continue the fight and for ourselves that we will fight for our given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
Are you ready for reform? We can do this!
All the best,
James Bell & Ron Williams
Georgia CARE Project – Campaign for Access, Reform & Education