DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384
July 22, 2008 Clovis Thorn 646-335-2263
Drug Policy Alliance Benefit and Art Auction to Honor Donald Baechler, Dr. Mathilde Krim, and Fred Tomaselli
re:FORM is the Second Installment In Groundbreaking Partnership Between the Art World And the Drug Policy Reform Movement
Event Co-Chairs Include: John Cheim, James Cohan, Howard Read, Jason Flom and George Soros
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will host re:FORM, an art auction and cocktail party benefit at Cheim & Read gallery in New York on Wednesday, September 3. re:FORM will benefit DPA, the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. re:FORM represents the second installment in a groundbreaking partnership between the art world and the drug policy reform movement, following our first successful event in 2005. DPA will honor three dear friends of the organization: Donald Baechler, Dr. Mathilde Krim, and Fred Tomaselli.
The event Co-Chairs are John Cheim, James Cohan, Jason Flom, Howard Read and George Soros. Honorary Co-Chairs are Darren Aronofsky, Alba Clemente, Walter Cronkite, Peter Lewis and Russell Simmons.
Few public policies have undermined fundamental civil rights and liberties, social justice and public health for so long and to such an extent as the drug war. The U.S. now has the highest incarceration rate in the world-one American adult out of every 100 is currently behind bars. The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the world's population but close to 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. More than half a million people are behind bars tonight for nothing more than a drug law violation. More than 700,000 Americans were arrested last year for simple marijuana possession. The drug war even targets sick and dying Americans, thousands of whom are regularly denied access to medical marijuana, a medication with proven medical benefits for the treatment of a wide range of serious illnesses.
What: An art auction and cocktail benefit at Cheim & Read Gallery, 547 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
When: Wednesday, September 3, 6-9 p.m.
Who: Works donated by established and emerging artists, including Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Louise Lawler, Fred Tomaselli, Lawrence Weiner, and many more.
For more information please contact Livet Reichard Company at 212.868.8450 x 211." Or go to http://www.drugpolicyevent.com/