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BREAKING: Watchdogging Emergency Alcohol Deregulation

stop covidwashing alcohol deregulationIn response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control relaxed many of the longstanding rules constraining alcohol licensees. On Monday, April 14, Alcohol Justice Executive Director/CEO Bruce Lee Livingston delivered the following critique to ABC.

For the press release, click here.

For Spanish, click here (letter) or here (press release).


Dear Director Appelsmith,

We are writing in response to the regulatory relief for California alcohol licensees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand that this is an extraordinary time, and that the relief is intended to protect residents’ livelihoods and the tens of thousands of reputable alcohol licensees. Nonetheless, as an alcohol industry watchdog, we feel obligated to call attention to red flags and missed opportunities in the emergency response.

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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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