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News from Santa Cruz: Born a Man, Died a Woman – Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey Bequests Millions for Marijuana Legalization

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Pretty much.

Check it:

“Software Pioneer Leaves $10 Million Bequest To Five Leading Non-profits In Health And Drug Policy Reform

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 30, 2012  – This year, five leading non-profits at the forefront of health and drug policy reform will benefit from a generous bequest of approximately $10 million from the estate of software pioneer Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey. The gift will dramatically increase these organizations’ ability to reform government policies and public attitudes about health and drug policy.

Half of the total bequest–approximately $5 million–will benefit the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization working with the FDA and international regulatory agencies to develop psychedelics and marijuana into prescription treatments for patients with unmet medical needs. The gift will be the largest that MAPS has ever received, and will support research into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This treatment is currently in Phase 2 pilot studies and is showing very promising results.

MAPS is conducting an international series of Phase 2 pilot studies into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These studies are laying the groundwork for two larger multi-site Phase 3 trials, required to show the FDA that MDMA is a safe and effective adjunct to psychotherapy for patients with PTSD.

The rest of Ashawna’s gift–about $1.25 million each–will support the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Ashawna’s generous bequest is one of only a small number of such gifts to the ACLU. “Her bequest puts a spotlight on our nation’s punitive drug policies, which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights,” said Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU.

The Drug Policy Alliance will use Ashawna’s gift to strengthen its movement-building efforts. “Ashawna was generous to DPA in her lifetime and beyond because she wanted to build the strongest movement possible to end the drug war and replace it with policies that promote her values of freedom and compassion,” said Ethan Nadelmann, DPA’s executive director. “We’re honored by this bequest, and we will use it to sustain and strengthen the aspects of the movement that were important to her.”

“Our budget this year is only $5 million, so this bequest is turbocharging our efforts to end marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. “In fact, Ashawna will likely be our biggest donor this year, and we’ll be using half of her gift to pass the ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado on November 6.”

“This transformative gift from Ashawna will help to ensure that everyone in our community who needs a meal can get one,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “She accomplished so much both in her professional life and through her philanthropy, and we are honored that she put her trust in Second Harvest Food Bank with this legacy gift.”

Hailey died on October 14, 2011, in her San Jose, Calif., home at the age of 62. She passed peacefully, and is survived by her children Neal and Nora, and by her twin brother Kim.

After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1970, Shawn designed the launch sequencer for the Sprint Antiballistic Missile System for the Martin Marietta Corporation and in 1974 designed the 9080 microprocessor for AMD. Shawn and Kim co-founded Meta-Software Corp. in 1979 and their HSPICE program remains the gold standard circuit simulator for the electronic design industry.”

And that’s your news from Santa Cruz.

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Visitacion Valley Gang Injunction Against Towerside / Down Below

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera can’t abide street wars in San Francisco so he’s working on another gang injunction, this time for 100-something acres of Visi Valley.

It’s this part of the VV, roughly:

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That’s the Sunnydale Projects on the left:

It’s the Down Below gangsters vs. the Towerside gang:

Lots of different names involved:

DBG symbols include: “Down Below Gangsters,” “Down Below Gang,” “DBG,” “324″ (referring to the letters “D”, “B”, and “G” on a telephone key pad), “Down the Hill,” “Down Below,” “The/Tha/Da Low,” “Lo/w,” “Low Boys,” “LB,” “Sunnydale,” “SD,” “Nolia”(referring to Magnolia, a New Orleans public housing development), “N.O.”(referring to the Nolia), “Sunnydale 42nd/42,” “42″ (referring to a parking lot at the Sunnydale Housing Development), “1800 Block” (referring to the 1800 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1700 Block” (referring to the 1700 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1600 Block” (referring to the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1500 Block” (referring to the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “Spunk Squad,” “YGs,” “Young Guns/z,” “Young, Young Guns/z,” “YYGs,” “Borderline,” “BL,” “Borderline Posse,” “Borderline Players,” “BLP,” “257″ (referring to the letters “B”, “L”, and “P” on a telephone key pad), “Border Low,” “Swampy D,” and “The Swamp.”

TOWERSIDE symbols include: “Geneva Towers,” “Towerside,” “Towers,” “Tower Block,” “TB,” “T,” “T-Side,” “33,” “33rd,” “The/a 3s,” “312,” “1100 Block” (referring to 1100 Block of Sunnydale Avenue), “Brick Home Posse,” “BHP,” “Brick Homes,” “The Bricks,” and “Bricks.”

Anyway, all the deets:

Herrera seeks civil injunction against warring criminal street gangs in Visitacion Valley

Complaint begins process to enjoin 41 members of ‘Down Below Gangsters,’ ‘Towerside’ in safety zone encompassing both turfs

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 5, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against two warring criminal street gangsthat have terrorized San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley for more than three years.  The civil complaint filed in Superior Court this morning names the Down Below Gangsters and Towerside Gang as defendants in a civil action that seeks to prohibit an array of gang-related criminal and nuisance conduct by 41 adult gang members within a proposed “safety zone” covering less than two-tenths of a square mile. 

If granted by the court, Herrera’s civil gang injunction would bar named gang members from engaging in intimidation, graffiti vandalism, loitering, trespassing, displaying gang signs or symbols, and associating with other gang members under most circumstances within the safety zone.  The injunction would additionally prohibit the possession of guns and other weapons, drugs, and graffiti implements within the area at all times.  Violations of such injunctions can be pursued civilly by the City Attorney, for contempt of court, or prosecuted criminally by the District Attorney, as a misdemeanor for up to six months in county jail. 

“The residents of Visitacion Valley have been caught in a crossfire by warring criminal street gangs, and the injunction I’m pursuing today intends to put an end to it,” Herrera said.  “This injunction names 41 adult gang members in two rival gangs, representing the most active and dangerous threats to public safety.  As is typical in these cases, most live outside the community they’ve chosen to victimize.  As the California Supreme Court majority held in its 1997 Acuna decision on gang injunctions, ‘Preserving the peace is the first duty of government, and it is for the protection of the community from the predations of the idle, the contentious, and the brutal that government was invented.’  The gang injunction we’re pursuing today asserts the right of Visitacion Valley families to live in the peace and safety to which they’re entitled.”

“Gang injunctions like the ones City Attorney Herrera has successfully fought to put in place give law enforcement another important weapon in the fight against criminal street gangs who terrorize our communities,” said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.  “As the chief elected law enforcement leader in San Francisco, I consider this another vital tool in the prosecution of violent criminals.  I thank the City Attorney for working with me to help keep San Francisco safe.”

Ever more deets, after the jump

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