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Governor Newsom: Don’t Let Your Wine Interests Trump Your Ethics

Alcohol harm advocates protesting Gov. Newsom's wine storeby Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO

Alcohol prevention advocates are unsure what to expect from the new governor of California, Gavin Newsom. Newsom ran on a platform supporting a single-payer universal health care system. I served on his own Blue Ribbon Health Care Commission which eventually created a partial “universal health care” scheme in San Francisco, so I very much believe he cares for health care. Alcohol-related harm is a major expense for California, to the tune of $14.5 billion annual cost to government.

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Stories of Alcohol Justice


Dear Friend,

We have some very encouraging stories of Alcohol Justice to tell:
  • We led a successful campaign against another 4 a.m. bar bill in California
  • We stopped two legislative attempts to introduce "powdered alcohol" in California
  • We helped pass a bill that set a very bright line between alcohol and cannabis products in California
  • We joined with a coalition of other national groups to pressure DJKahlid to stop advertising alcohol to his predominantly underage Instagram subscribers
  • We founded and support the Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A.DAPA), a coalition of L.A.-based prevention, treatment and other social minded agencies advocating for safe and healthy communities by reducing drug and alcohol-related harm through public awareness and policy change
  • We founded and support the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), a statewide coalition of over 50 diverse organizations dedicated to protecting health and safety, and preventing alcohol-related harm through statewide action

But honestly, it's not getting any easier to stop alcohol industry-backed legislation and legislators. In fact there is already another 4 a.m. bar bill we will need to fight next year.


But your end-of-the-year, tax-deductible gift will put you on the frontlines of that battle and all our other battles as grass-roots advocates for public health and safety. You will become a member of Alcohol Justice and support our efforts in 2019 to turn back the tide of Big Alcohol's negative influence in our communities.

Please join us today and be a part of next year's stories of Alcohol Justice.

Thank You & Happy Holidays!

Bruce Lee Livingston

Executive Director /CEO

Alcohol Justice



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Stories of Alcohol Justice - 2019

Dear Friend,
  • We led a successful campaign against another California 4 a.m. bar bill (SB 58) that turned into a 3 a.m. bar bill before it was decisively defeated on the Assembly floor
  • We launched a powerful "one-click" advocacy tool which provided a dynamic new channel for our constituents to send over three thousand messages to California legislators and Governor Newsom
  • We supported membership and active participation in the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) and the Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A.DAPA) which played a key role in stopping SB 58
  • We published The High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill: a first of its kind, cost-benefit analysis of extended alcohol trading hours
  • We celebrated the growth of our Youth For Justice program as it completed its ninth year of providing youth leadership training for young people and their parents who reside in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael

While encouraged by these achievements, we have got to be prepared for the challenges of 2020. We already know we will respond to a new California 3 a.m. bar bill. We also need to support state bills in California and beyond to lower the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to .05 from .08 because .05 Saves Lives! We will also counter Big Alcohol's bogus health claims for its latest youth-attractive alcopop - hard seltzer.

Being prepared for these challenges requires your help. A 2019 end-of-the-year, tax-deductible gift makes you a member of Alcohol Justice. It also makes our grass-roots advocacy for public health and safety stronger. When you become a member of Alcohol Justice you will be supporting all of our efforts in 2020 to turn back the tide of Big Alcohol's negative influence in our communities.

Please take this opportunity to join us today and be part of next year's stories of Alcohol Justice.

Thank You & Happy Holidays!

Bruce Lee Livingston
Executive Director /CEO
Alcohol Justice