Electronic music community to protest bill:
- A coalition of members of the music community have come together to protest the unconstitutional R.A.V.E act now being considered by the US Senate. The R.A.V.E. (Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy) Act, bill number S.2633 would expand the federal "crackhouse" statute. Water Bottles, Glowsticks and chill out rooms could be classified as "drug promotion." Business people, promoters, venue owners and even homeowners will be liable for any drugs used on their premises.
Clearly such a sweeping change in the law requires a response. The Los Angeles protest will take place September 6th from 3pm - 8pm on the Northwest Lawn of the Westwood Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Numerous luminaries of the LA and international DJ community including Doc
Martin, Richard Humpty Vission, Garth Trinidad, Colette, Curious, Daniel, Kid Dragon, Freddy B and others will DJ. The event has been organized through a coalition of organizations in LA's world renown electronic music community including: Hi-Roller, Rock The Vote, Green Galactic, EM:DEF, V Squared Labs, Project Sweatshop, PAS, WAX, Sound Lessons, Insomnia, Good Stuff, Junglist Platoon, B3 Cande, eventvisuals.com, and Solid.
The R.A.V.E. Act was introduced in the Senate on June 18th and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee a week later, without a public hearing or recorded vote. It has been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar and could come up for a full Senate vote in September. A number of organizations including civil liberties groups, business associations, and groups associated with the rave community, are working to defeat the RAVE Act or amend it to better protect innocent business owners, free speech, and public health. Tens of thousands of voters have signed petitions, and faxed or called their Senators to oppose this Act. Protests in opposition to the RAVE Act will be held simultaneously in cities around the country, including a rave and protest on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on September 6th.
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) is the primary sponsor of the bill, but it is also being co-sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The R.A.V.E. Act expands the federal "crack house statute" to make it easier for the federal government to fine or imprison businessmen up to 20 years in federal prison if they fail to prevent customers or tenants from selling or using drugs on their premises or at their events. The RAVE Act increases the civil and criminal liability that business owners and event promoters could face if customers commit drug offenses on their property.