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GUEST VOICES: A Battle for Water Over Beer

Mexicali Resiste protesters marchingby Mayra Jimenez, Advocacy Manager, Alcohol Justice

Last year while at a Community event in Los Angeles, CA I had the privilege to meet activists from Mexicali Resiste and learn about their activism against the efforts of the American alcohol corporation Constellation Brands which plans to deplete their local water aquifers to make beer. Over the next few months I continued to learn about their ongoing campaign. Most recently in February of this year their efforts received international recognition when the Mexican National Human Rights Commission reported that Constellation Brands violates the human right to water of Mexicali residents

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Alcohol Justice and the COVID-19 Crisis

The Marin County Civic Center and Spaceport is calmingThis is a quick update on how Alcohol Justice will continue to achieve our public health and safety mission as the alcohol industry watchdog during this very challenging time.

Our offices in San Rafael, California and Los Angeles, California are now temporarily closed with all staff working remotely from the safety of their homes. We are following the recommended best practices for social distancing and sheltering in place. We trust that this is also the response you are taking to protect yourself, your loved ones, and friends.

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Sacramento Paralyzed in the Face of Opioid Crisis

a picture of a demonstration safe injection site put together by San FranciscoWhen it comes to legislation dealing with California’s opioid epidemic, it seems that the legislature’s and Governor’s motto is, “Do as little as possible.”

While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that last year’s national drug overdose rate had its first decline in decades, California’s rate went up. In fact, California’s opioid overdoses have gone up 16% since 2016. Last year, the Urban Institute estimated that nearly a quarter million Californians lacked local access to buprenorphine or methadone treatment, usually the first step in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD).

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On #GivingTuesday, Make Your Stand Against Alcohol Harm

December 3 2019 is Giving TuesdayTuesday December 3, 2019 is #GivingTuesday which kicks-off our year-end fundraising campaign. If you give through FaceBook on #GivingTuesday, your gift will be doubled. This month we would like to raise $1,000 to support the critical work we have been doing since 1987 to reduce alcohol-related harm. Your generosity helps us continue to fight negative industry practices and policies which threaten the health and safety of our families and communities. Please give through FaceBook on #GivingTuesday and see your gift doubled.

Here are just a few achievements for 2019:

  • Once again, we led the fight that stopped a policy to extend hours of alcohol sales to 4 A.M. in California bars, restaurants, and clubs
  • We published The High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill: A cost-benefit analysis of extended alcohol trading hours in Los Angeles by Alcohol Research Group (ARG)
  • Our powerful new advocacy tool - OneClickPolitics - provided a channel for our constituents to send over three thousand messages to California legislators and the Governor
  • Our Youth For Justice program celebrated its fourth year of providing youth leadership training for young people and their parents who reside in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael
  • Membership and active participation in the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) and the Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A.DAPA) increased throughout the year and played a significant role in stopping the 4 a.m. bar bill

These achievements represent just some of the challenges we face annually from Big Alcohol. Our effective response would not be possible without your engagement and financial contributions. This continued support of our works helps to amplify our collective voice and extend our positive influence at national, state, and local levels. Your assistance makes a real difference in protecting public health and safety. Please donate through FaceBook this year and help move us closer to a healthier and more peaceful tomorrow.

DONATE to Alcohol Justice on #GivingTuesday and see your gift doubled.


PROJECTS

ALCOPOP-FREE ZONES

Alcopops are heavily flavored, heavily sugared, often high-ABV alcoholic beverages. They are among the most popular first drink for many youth. The Alcopop-Free Zone project used youth representatives to engage the San Rafael Canal community, educate retailers, and get alcopops off of store shelves.


MAT ACCESS
]Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder includes bupernorphine among other medications. It offers the best opportunity for people who use opioids to live long, healthy lives, but only if they have access to it. Geographic, economic, and language barriers further complicate individuals' efforts to obtain this life-saving treatment. The MAT Access Project/Proyecto Latino TAM works to educate the Latinx community of Marin on the dangers of opioids, and promote culturally competent MAT services for those who needs it.


YOUTH ACTION FOR SAFE STORES

Within liquor, grocery, and drug stores, good retail practices can not only make it harder for youth to obtain alcohol, but make youth less interested in drinking. Youth Action for Safe Stores (YASS) develops youth leaders who can evaluate stores' retail practices, engage with business owners, and promote best retail practices throughout San Rafael.

PUBLICATIONS

Alcopops 2020

Others

SRADC BOARD

Don Carney, Director, Marin Youth Court
SRADC President

Nick Moorhatch, Producer, Comcast Cable Access
SRADC Vice President

Adolfo Aguilar, member, Youth For Justice

Marcianna Nosek
, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco.
Larry Merideth, PhD, Director, Marin Health and Human Services

Michael Watenpaugh
, EdD, Superindent, San Rafael City Schools

Kevin Lynch, Director of Juvenile Services Division, County of Marin Probation Department

Elia Manzo, leader, Consejo Restaurativo

Wilibaldo Pulido, owner, La Plaza Market.

Douglas Mundo, Executive Director, Canal Welcome Center.

Mary Joe Williams, CAO, Bay Area Community Resources

Sam Alexander, Pastro, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

Intern
Eric Bejarano, student, Sonoma State University

FUNDERS