Women’s Alliance

  • by Sabrina Fendrick November 30, 2012

    Patricia Spottedcrow, an Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to 12 years for selling $31 worth of pot, with no prior convictions, was released from prison yesterday (Thursday, November 29th), after serving almost two years of her twelve-year sentence.

    Her case received significant coverage after the story was featured in 2011 Tulsa World series on why Oklahoma ranks number one for sending more women to prison per capita, than any other state. Grassroots organizers then rallied together to bring attention to this egregious example of our overzealous sentencing for marijuana-related crimes. It worked, outrage spread far and wide.

    After several targeted campaigns to local law enforcement and elected officials, as well as an especially strong grassroots effort spearheaded by outraged mothers and reformers, the lobbying paid off.  Officials decided to reconsider her twelve-year sentence.

    In July of this year, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Pardon and Parole Board, Gov. Fallin agreed to approve her parole, contingent upon her completion of the community service part of her sentence. Today, Spottedcrow is a free woman that has since been reunited with her family and her three small children.

    After spending over two years in prison, Patricia Spottedcrow greets her children when they get home from school. from Tulsa World on Vimeo. (Try this too: http://vimeo.com/54579830#at=0)

    The NORML Women’s Alliance was deeply involved with this effort, as well as providing personal support to Patricia Spottedcrow through a formal letter writing campaign. She received an outpouring of support and sent the Alliance a personal thank you letter.

    “This is an inspirational reminder that justice still exists.  It proves that with cooperation and determination, grassroots efforts truly can make a significant difference in people’s lives,” said Sabrina Fendrick, Founder and Director of the NORML Women’s Alliance.

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director August 18, 2012

    This Week in Weed

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    The latest installment of “This Week in Weed” is now streaming on NORMLtv.

    This week: A new study confirms marijuana’s medical efficacy, NORML and the Women’s Alliance join the Peace Caravan, and Seattle Hempfest begins in Washington State.

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  • by Sabrina Fendrick April 1, 2011

    Philadelphia, PA – On Saturday, March 26th, Friends of the NORML Women’s Alliance descended upon the city of brotherly love to host an art auction organized by Diane Fornbacher, NORML Women’s Alliance Vice-Chair.  The event, sponsored by Greenable Green Building Supply and Design Center of Philadelphia, took place at the Kevin Loreaux Photography Studio.

    The auction featured the work of several tri-state artists who showcased a diverse range of creative material, including pastels, whimsical portraits, sculpture, photography, ink drawings, and more.  The event was a great success that raised over $1000.  The funds will go towards a women’s networking luncheon taking place at the NORML National Conference on April 22nd in Denver, CO*.

    The event is featured on the newest installment of NORML Update, which is streaming now on NORMLtv. Subscribe to NORMLtv and follow us on twitter for announcements regarding future ‘NORML Update’ episodes and how you can have your group featured.

    *If you would like to be a sponsor of the women’s networking luncheon, please contact sabrina@norml.org.

    The NORML Women’s Alliance would like to thank the following people who made this benefit possible:

    Diane Fornbacher
    Karina Ambartsoumian
    Mary Kathleen Giannon
    Meredith Avakian
    Kevin Clough
    DJ Tony Montagnaro
    Kevin Loreaux
    Martine DeCamp
    Casona Cuban Restaurant
    Treehouse Coffee Shop Audubon NJ
    Ever So Sweet Chocolates by Sheila

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director February 22, 2011

    NORML’s youtube channel, NORMLtv, recently launched a new video series entitled ‘NORML Update,’ which highlights reform efforts by NORML chapters and affiliates.

    In the latest installment, the NORML Women’s Alliance Steering Committee convenes in Washington, DC to talk strategy for the coming year. The women met in the shadow of the White House to discuss new and innovative ways to move public opinion towards the legalization of marijuana.

    Ordinary women doing extraordinary things brought about the repeal of alcohol prohibition and NORML believes women will provide the final push needed to legalize cannabis. Historically, women support legalization at much lower levels than their male counterparts. It is the mission of the NORML Women’s Alliance to increase this base of support through addressing and vocalizing the concerns of modern, mainstream women.

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    Coming Up Next on NORMLtv: Executive Director Allen St. Pierre fields user questions on ‘Ask NORML’