Instructions for the promotion of the petition in support of Guatemalan president’s call for drug legalization

Thank you all for signing this petition. I now need your help in spreading the word. Here are some suggestions:

  • Send an email to at least 5 of your friends to promote the petition, asking them to sign it (see underneath a sample email, or write your own).
  • If you do broadcast email campaigns, you should send at least 3 emails, 2 days apart.
  • Post a link to the petition on your own wall. Post if 3 to 4 times per week.
  • Post a link to the petition on the wall of your friends
  • Post a link to the petition on the wall of the groups you follow that are concerned with drug policy
  • If you use twitter, tweet the petition.
  • Send letters to the editors or comments either online, or to your local press.
  • If you belong to a group, try to get your group to endorse this movement

Re-tweet my own tweets, ask your friends to re-tweet. Re-tweeting is a great way to generate a buzz. My Twitter account:  @JDhywood.

Post on the Facebook pages of President Molina and his vice-president Roxana Baldetti, as well as all the regional leaders, from Panama to Mexico. Send them emails when possible. Be courteous and respectful please!

Contact AVAAZ

Many people have commented that this petition is made for AVAAZ and I couldn’t agree more. With AVAAZ behind us, we would rapidly reach 100,000s signers. AVAAZ has more mobilizing power than anybody else in the world, and considering their past history of support for drug policy reform, they ought to support the Perez Molina petition. This is the message I would like you all to send to AVAAZ.

You can contact AVAAZ in different ways:

Through their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Avaaz?sk=wall#!/Avaaz?sk=wall

Through Twitter: @Avaaz

By filling out the online form: http://www.avaaz.org/en/contact/

Please refer to the petition by its link: http://signon.org/sign/support-guatemalan-president

You could send a Tweet such as: The Perez Molina petition in support of Guatemalan legalization proposal is made for AVAAZ! Please help!  http://signon.org/sign/support-guatemalan-president @Avaaz

Links and resources to promote the petition:

Summit of the Americas: http://www.summit-americas.org/sixthsummit.htm

There is a virtual community http://svc.summit-americas.org/ with discussion groups and forums.

How to contact Latin American presidents:

President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala: www.presidencia.gob.gt  Twitter: @ottoperezmolina. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ottoperezpp

Vicepresidenta, Roxana Baldetti despacho@vicepresidencia.gob.gt, Twitter: @roxanabaldetti . Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/roxanabaldettipp

http://www.vicepresidencia.gob.gt Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/roxanabaldettipp

President Felipe Calderon of Mexico: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

@FelipeCalderon Sígueme

@GobFed

@PresidenciaMX

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/presidentefelipecalderonhinojosa

By mail:

PALACIO NACIONAL

Edificio 10, Planta baja,
Col. Centro, Deleg. Cuauhtémoc.
C.P. 06067. México, Distrito Federal.

President Juan-Manuel Santos of Colombia:

http://syscopre.presidencia.gov.co/publico/frmCiudadano.aspx

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Presidencia-de-la-Rep%C3%BAblica-de-Colombia/186850511364615?sk=app_4949752878

@JuanManSantos

http://www.facebook.com/JMSantos.Presidente?sk=wall

How to contact the medias – best is a letter to the editor:

Send the petition or a letter of your own to your local newspapers and publications. Here are 2 sites with lots of media contacts: http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ and http://www.prensaescrita.com

Support Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

LEAP has been fighting in the trenches for the past 10 years. They deserve our support! https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5663/donate_page/member-program

Diffuse, promote, share, be an activist!Act now!

 

Here is a sample message you can use for your email campaigns or your social network posts:

I need your help to promote the petition “Support Guatemalan president’s call for drug legalization” http://signon.org/sign/support-guatemalan-president

The petition has already reached 6,300 signers, but we need far more than that. There will be on March 24th a meeting in Guatemala of 7 regional presidents (Panamá, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, & Belize) to discuss the Perez Molina initiative. I am trying to collect as many signatures as possible to deliver at the meeting. Three weeks later, 34 countries will attend the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, and drug legalization will be high on the agenda. This will be the first time ever that legalization is debated at a major international Summit! It is an opportunity that we cannot afford to waste.

This is an unprecedented event and all activists should take advantage of this opportunity to generate massive mobilization of support for significant and meaningful debate on drug policy reform, especially as obstruction can be expected from the US. There is a window of opportunity here, where a truthful debate might finally take place (despite US efforts at nipping it in the bud), and we have the opportunity to influence this debate. We cannot stay on the sideline and we have to get involved.

Can you help?

Many thanks!

Author: Jeffrey Dhywood

Jeffrey Dhywood is a European-born investigative writer, lecturer and public speaker, drug policy analyst, author of "World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization" http://www.world-war-d.com/. Jeffrey Dhywood holds a degree in Mathematical logics (Model Theory). He lived 20 years in the US and is currently living in Latin America. He is also very familiar with Asia, which gives him a good grasp of the global dimension of the War on Drugs, and its global failure. His academic background and his direct experience allows him to bring common sense and sanity to an issue often mired in confusion, misconceptions and preconceptions.

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