|Freedom Fighters of the Month - High Times|
Posted by FoM on July 18, 2000 at 21:57:18 PT|
By Steven Mishnia
The top site bookmarked on my Web browser at HIGH TIMES is mapinc.org, the DrugSense/Media Awareness Project's collection of over 37,000 drug- related news articles.
The MAP Inc. Website is the most-surfed drug-policy site in the nation, averaging over 70,000 hits a day last March and getting over 100,000 one day April.
According to a Webtrends.net comparison, the DrugSense/MAP Websites are more popular then those of the Drug Czar's Office, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, CASA and DARE combined.
Last April, almost 8,000 other sites had links to MAP. Aside from news clips, which are also accessible on lists "asset forfeiture" to "raves," the site offers guides to writing letters to the editor, and contains links to over 75 pot and hemp sites, 83 general drug-policy reform sites and 20 prohibitionist groups.
The site is the brainchild of Mark Greer, 52, a former computer salesmen from Southern California. Greer discovered the Internet in 1993, and hooked up with the Drug Reform Coordination Network. They originally collected articles to help people write anti-Drug War letters to the editor. But Greer soon realized that the articles were worth archiving. Today. he says, MAP has 400 to 500 "newshawks," almost all volunteers, sending in about 1,000 articles a month from the US, Canada, Western Europe and Australia. He's now trying to arrange translations of stories from Colombia and Mexico.
Greer split from DRCNet in late 1994, establishing DrugSense as an umbrella group to encompass other activities, primarily helping less technical activists get access to the Web. Webmaster Matt Elrod came aboard in 1995.
Elrod is also Webmaster for Kevin Zeese's Common Sense for Drug Policy, and has done computer work for the November Coalition, the Drug Policy Foundation and the Vancouver Compassion Club, as well as offering free "hand-holding and technical support" to scores of' other groups. Sometimes, he confesses, he feels "a bit of an armchair activist," working out of a log house on B.C.'s Victoria Island, a long way from the drug raids in the ghettos or the Skid Row of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Still. he contends, the Net is an invaluable information resource for activists. "We've won the internet battle, because we're not limited to soundbites," he says, "in any debate, the prohibitionists are pounded into the dust."
Greer echoed that theme at last May's DPF conference, noting that while MAP offers links to prohibitionist Websites, the likes of DARE and the PDFA don't reciprocate. "Our secret weapon is accuracy," he said. "We link to them --- they don't link to us,"
"Out in the streets, I'd just be another body," Elrod concludes. "We all have to do our part, and this is the best way I can."
Common Sense for Drug Policy:
Vancouver Compassion Club
Drug Czar's Office:
Partnership for a Drug-Free America:
Note: The video clips from the addresses of Mark Greer and others on internet activism at the DPF conference are on line here:
And a picture of MAP leaders meeting at the DPF conference is on line here:
News Article Courtesy Of MapInc.
Source: High Times (US)
I want to congratulate Mark Greer and Matt Elrod for the fine job they are doing. I am very proud that CannabisNews is so closely associated with this wonderful and progressive News Service.
CannabisNews MapInc. Archives:
|Comment #11 posted by FoM on July 19, 2000 at 20:59:23 PT|
|Comment #10 posted by nl5x on July 19, 2000 at 19:18:32 PT|
p.s.keep up the good work but get some rest.
|Comment #9 posted by Sledhead on July 19, 2000 at 15:54:17 PT|
Now, damn the topedoes, full speed ahead. ;-)
|Comment #8 posted by dddd on July 19, 2000 at 15:24:54 PT|
|Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 19, 2000 at 11:05:37 PT|
Comment #6 posted by Richard Lake on July 19, 2000 at 09:49:31 PT:|
Indeed, that is a big issue with us, reducing the email that goes to folks who are busy working on projects in their areas that simply don't have time to read all the email from everyone about other areas if they wish to get their projects done.
I will encourage our webmaster type folks to keep the site maps updated so you have a place to check, Martha.
One you do not have listed that comes to mind is Jim Rosenfield's Think For Yourself, a wing of the DrugLibrary, which was moved at his wife's request after his death to http://www.drugsense.org/jnr/think.htm
Probably others, and more in the works. The American Medical Marijuana Association (AMMA) is now DrugSense supported, for example.
I really have no idea how to show the fair number of websites where MAP provides thru interactive software on both sides a news feed (often only of automatically selected items) to other sites. Actually even news feed is probably not the way to put it, as the news is really arriving from the MAP server even if it looks like you have not left the site of the group we provide the feed to. A couple of examples are http://www.drugpolicy.org/ and http://www.thecompassionclub.org/
I know folks sometimes act like we all, Mark, Matt, Jo-D, Mark P., me and all the editors, etc. should know everything we are doing and how to fix any problem or answer any question. We have grown beyond the point where that is possible, at least in fine detail, long ago.
|Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 19, 2000 at 08:23:57 PT|
MapInc. and all the great people there have been an inspiration to me. You have given the reform movement class! I can't think of another word that fits how I feel. This is my Bio and the links I have on it. If I missed any please let me know and I'll update it!
My Bio at Cannabis.com
Websites MAP/DrugSense Supports On It's Servers:
Webpages MAP/DrugSense Supports for Others:
More Being Added Frequently!
My Main Index Page & EZBoards:
Comment #4 posted by Richard Lake on July 19, 2000 at 07:42:30 PT:|
If there was anything that I could have wished for in the kind High Times article it would have been for a list of all the websites that we support and that Matt provides technical assistance, news feeds, and other support for. But that would have taken up about the whole article. Matt does not like to toot his own horn about all he does, so I only realized that he had provided support to one of the sites listed when it was in the article.
For more on our super lead webmaster (Jo-D and Mark Peterson also do their share) click the URL. The photo of Matt on a well known street corner was taken by me the day I met Matt about three years ago.
Comment #3 posted by Richard Lake on July 19, 2000 at 07:32:44 PT:|
Translations from Latin America newspapers are set up similarly to any others, except that a contact line is not required (website for the newspaper should be provided if at all possible).
Also a translated by line should be in the post to editor@:
Translation: by NarcoNews http://www.narconews.com/
Oh, if it appears the translation is not the full article, or is a summary, a note should indicate that.
Anyone willing to help Al by providing MAP with the translated news articles he provides?
Comment #2 posted by Dan B on July 19, 2000 at 06:20:29 PT:|
...And for those who want an answer when the antis claim that we "legalizers" don't have any real solutions to the current failed "drug war," visit this link to "The Effective National Drug Control Strategy":
Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on July 19, 2000 at 04:44:12 PT:|
And it is chock full of information that never gets massaged by the Korporate media into 'news' up here, but is absolutely vital for us know. I highly recommend it.