ACTION Rally! - to Commemorate the Life and Times of Activist Steve McWilliams'
Tue., July 19th, 6:30pm
Rally in Portland and across the nation.
“In light of Steve McWilliams' battle with our federal government,
illness, and incarceration, I realized that I had to take action on this
warrior's behalf.I amcompelled to pay respect to Steve and to protest our
federal government's war on patients. I hope that every other activist,
advocate, patient, and caregiver also feel the same way.”
join me in Portland, as well as thousands of others across the country, to pay
tribute to our lost friend and fellow activist on the evening of Tuesday, July
19th at the Federal Building in Portland at 6:30 pm. Details to follow.
who would like to speak, help organize, volunteer, etc., please feel free to
email me. “
In Oregon, there are federal courthouses in Portland,
Eugene and Medford (occasionally, the court also uses the courtroom upstairs
from the post office in Pendleton) These seem to be natural locations for these
vigils. So please, stop by - what better way to express your
support for medical marijuana patients in Oregon and
McWilliams was an incredibly kind, compassionate, intelligent and wise man, as
well as a balls to the wall activist.
committed suicide by overdose on Tuesday morning. Steve had been depressed and
in terrible pain, and been hospitalized as late as last week. Steve's
depression was apparently due to a combination of factors including dreadful
thoughts about the possibility of going to jail in light of Raich and his
deteriorating health. He was taking powerful pharmaceutical opiates,
anti-nausea, anti-migraine, etc. drugs in far higher amounts than when he was
when he able to medicate with marijuana. Evidently, these were the substances
he used to overdose.
us in memoriam of a life-long activist and patient.
Vigils to honor Steve McWilliams, patient, caregiver & activist
Tuesday evening, July 19, 2005
In cities nationwide
You! We are calling on patients and advocates nationwide to organize these
vigils in your hometown. If you are planning on holding one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
510-251-1856 and we will send you visual and text materials to hand out.
was a long-time medical marijuana activist. He was a member of the task force
that pushed for San Diego medical marijuana guidelines, and he ran a patient's
collective, Shelter from the Storm, that had been officially recognized by the
city of San Diego as legal and in compliance with state law.
September 2002, Steve led a public handout of medical marijuana to patients at
San Diego City Hall. After this, the US Attorney warned Steve to destroy his
marijuana garden or face prosecution. Later that week, Steve's small garden
that served a few seriously ill patients was raided by the DEA. Steve was
arrested in October and charged with growing 20 plants. He plead guilty,
knowing that he would not be able to present a medical marijuana defense in
was sentenced to six months and released pending appeal but denied access to
passed away on July 12, 2005. He will be sorely missed by all.
We are also asking
supporters to write letters to Steve's partner, Barbara MacKenzie. Her address
4763 Wilson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Americans for Safe Access
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