[ibogaine] C.R.A.C.K Original statement and more comments

Brett Calabrese bcalabrese at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 21 15:35:43 EDT 2002


OOPS, sorry bout that, finger slipped.

http://www.atwatchdog.org/opinion_crack.html

C.R.A.C.K. targets Methadone Maintenance Patients
An organization called C.R.A.C.K. is targeting
patients on methadone maintenance with their offer of
$200 to submit to sterilization or limited birth
control methods. Form letters are being sent to
clinics across the U.S. 

C.R.A.C.K.- Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity
otherwise known as is mailing form letters to U.S.
Opiate Treatment Programs. C.R.A.C.K. is targeting
methadone maintenance patients for coercive
sterilization or limited birth control options. Please
help prevent this violation of human and civil rights
that threatens reproduction freedom. 


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The form letter being sent to clinic reads: 

To Whom It May Concern: 

Our organization offers cash incentives to both men
and women that are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to
use long-term or permanent birth control. 

We are currently working with several methadone
clinics that make our offer known, and available to
the women and men who come through their program. I'm
sure one thing most can agree on is that it is
important for those using methadone or other drugs to
refrain from getting pregnant. 

Please call (888) 30-CRACK if you would like more
information, or more of the items that have been
enclosed. 

Our program is currently in over 20 cities nationwide,
and has paid over 600 men and women to obtain
long-term birth control. Thank you for the time , and
we hope to establish a working relationship with you,
for both the benefit of the woman, and potential
child. 

Sincerely 

Barbara Harris
Founder and Director
C.R.A.C.K.
11642 Knott Ave. Suite 8
Garden Grove, CA 92841
Phone: 714-901-9862
FAX: 714-901-9832 



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By offering patients $200 to entice them to undergo
sterilization or use selected birth control methods,
C.R.A.C.K. is sending the message that methadone is
'just another drug' and patients are using it as a
substitute for illicit opiates. By supporting
C.R.A.C.K., programs are sending the same message to
their patients. 
Please support and respect your patients and your
program by mailing the form letters back to C.R.A.C.K.
with a loud 'NO!'. 


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- CRACK's Washington, DC Chapter placed ads in DC
Metrobuses that targeted primarily low-income and
predominately African-American communities in DC. Ads
are targeting low-income, African -Americans. One of
CRACK's supporters and financial contributors is Chris
Brand, a British psychologist - Brand, a
self-proclaimed "race realist," claims that blacks are
intellectually inferior to whites, and advocates
taking a "eugenic" approach to "wanton and criminal
females." see
http://www.motherjones.com/magazine/ND01/surgical.html


- CRACK violates civil and human rights, and
reproductive freedoms by targeting minorities and
low-income people. This small amount of cash is
offered for sterilization or birth control without
regard to the individual's circumstances or future. 

- CRACK limits birth control options. CRACK LIMITS
BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS. CRACK irresponsibly limits
birth control options by compensating only for
long-term, provider-controlled methods: tubal
ligation, Norplant, Depo-Provera and IUDs. Barrier
methods and methods which protect against HIV
infection and other sexually transmitted diseases are
not compensated. CRACK may actually increase a woman's
risk of contracting HIV or other STDs, since it
exclusively advances birth control methods which
provide no protection against these infections. 

- CRACK's founder admits that the money given to these
individuals is probably used to buy more drugs, and
says that is their choice. 

- If CRACK was really concerned about infants born to
drug-addicted parents, they should spend the $200 on
treatment for the parents, not sterilization or birth
control. 

- CRACK is offering a 'bribe' to drug addicted women.
They are being coerced because of their desperate need
for money to buy drugs. Their drug addiction is being
used to exploit them. CRACK targets vulnerable women
with few options. 

- Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a supporter. Need I say
more? 

- Harris says. "People say it is a disease, fine. But
it is a disease of choice -- however they got there
and whatever their background and however screwed up
their life is...." 
http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1998/07/cov_10feature2.html


- "Harris' critics also warn about the slippery slope.
"Today it is targeting and criminalizing drug abuse,
but what will it be tomorrow?" asks the ACLU's
Cordoba. "If you take it to its logical conclusion,
you could have a program or policy that monitors the
kind of food a woman eats while she is pregnant, or
whether she exercises enough, or whether she has a
glass of wine or a cup of coffee." Blum voices similar
concerns. "Where does it stop? Next do we start
sterilizing people who don't take their
multivitamins?""
http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1998/07/cov_10feature2.html


-CRACK’s disregard for the women it targets is
evidenced in Barbara Harris’ statement: “We don’t
allow dogs to breed. We spay them. We neuter them. We
try to keep them from having unwanted puppies, and yet
these women are literally having litters of
children….” 

- CRACK denies poor, marginalized women with substance
abuse problems their procreative ability, and this is
a human rights violation.
http://www.cwpe.org/old_website/pdf/crackfacts.pdf 

See Family Watch letter to CRACK 
http://www.familywatch.org/crack.htm

Salon
-
http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1998/07/cov_10feature2.html

Mother Jones 
http://www.motherjones.com/magazine/ND01/surgical.html


Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment 
http://www.cwpe.org/index1.html

American Public Health Association 
http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/policysearch/index.cfm?fuseaction=view&id=261


Who's next? Where will this end? Which group of people
will be next on C.R.A.C.K.'s list of victims? 




--- HSLotsof at aol.com wrote:
> 
> In a message dated 7/21/02 1:38:23 PM,
> ptpeet at nyc.rr.com writes:
> 
> >Hey Howard,
> >Is this up online somewhere, with a link, so I can
> link to it at Drugwar.com?
> >Thanks.
> >peace,
> >Preston
> 
> Preston,
> 
> The letter originated with
> http://www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/  but, I 
> didn't see it on their web page.  I just felt that
> Barbara Harris and 
> C.R.A.C.K were getting into dangerous areas.
> 
> Howard
> *********
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
> 
>   From: HSLotsof at aol.com 
> 
>   To: ibogaine at mindvox.com 
> 
>   Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 10:54 PM
> 
>   Subject: [ibogaine] C.R.A.C.K
> 
> 
> 
>   Barbara Harris 
> 
>   Children Requiring A Caring Kommunity's 
> 
>   "Project Prevention" 
> 
>   P.O. Box 74 
> 
>   Stanton, CA 90680 
> 
> 
>   Dear Ms. Harris: 
> 
> 
>   We are writing to express our strong objections to
> your distribution of 
> 
>   highly misleading and completely inaccurate
> information regarding pregnant 
> 
>   women and methadone treatment. In a letter date
> February 22, 2002, you 
> state, 
> 
>   in part: 
> 
> 
>   "We are currently working with several methadone
> clinics that make our 
> offer 
> 
>   known, and available, to the women and men who
> come through their program. 
> 
>   I'm sure one thing most can agree on is that it is
> important for those 
> using 
> 
>   methadone or other drugs to refrain from getting
> pregnant." 
> 
> 
>   We most certainly do not agree. Your statement,
> suggesting that it is 
> 
>   dangerous for a woman who is receiving clinically
> prescribed methadone 
> 
>   treatment to become pregnant, is simply wrong.
> Methadone is a highly 
> 
>   effective treatment for all opiate dependent
> patients and, most 
> specifically, 
> 
>   for women - both before and after they may become
> pregnant. In fact, 
> methadone
> 
>    treatment during pregnancy has not been
> associated with congenital 
> 
>   abnormalities or fetal demise. In those cases
> where neonatal withdrawal 
> 
>   symptoms occur (and they frequently do not), these
> symptoms can be treated 
> 
>   readily, with no evidence of any adverse impact on
> physical or cognitive 
> 
>   development. In short, there is simply no medical
> basis for your suggestion 
> 
>   that methadone patients should "refrain from
> getting pregnant." 
> 
> 
>   For over 30 years, in countries throughout the
> world, methadone maintenance 
> 
>   treatment (MMT) has been shown to substantially
> reduce illegal opiate use 
> and 
> 
>   the crime, illness, suffering, and death with
> which it is associated. The 
> 
>   benefits have been shown to accrue, not only to
> the individual patient, but 
> 
>   to his/her family and the community, as well. The
> most credible and 
> objective 
> 
>   governmental and non-governmental organizations in
> America and abroad have 
> 
>   recognized these positive results with MMT. For
> example, the US Department 
> of 
> 
>   Health and Human Services joins the scientific
> community in recognizing 
> that 
> 
>   MMT greatly benefits the patients as well as the
> general community. It is 
> 
>   specifically recommended for pregnant and
> breast-feeding patients, which 
> 
>   further demonstrates the strong medical consensus
> supporting methadone 
> 
>   treatment, both in general and during pregnancy. 
> 
> 
>   Unfortunately, despite methadone treatment's many
> benefits, it is available 
> 
>   to fewer than 20% of the people who most need it.
> Women, in particular, 
> face 
> 
>   numerous barriers to obtaining this important
> medical intervention. Your 
> 
>   letter and activities, which spread false
> information and stigmatize 
> current 
> 
>   and future mothers who receive this treatment,
> will make it even more 
> 
>   difficult for women who need methadone treatment
> to receive it. 
> 
> 
>   We therefore urge you to withdraw this letter
> immediately and to advise 
> each 
> 
>   of those individuals and clinics who received it
> that it was based on 
> 
>   misinformation. Furthermore, it is essential that
> you publicly repudiate 
> the 
> 
>   inaccurate message you conveyed on your
> organization's website and in other 
> 
>   public and media context. Not to do so would be
> irresponsible and a great 
> 
>   disservice to those whose interests you claim to
> have at heart. 
> 
> 
>   Signed, 
> 
> 
> 
>   Signatories 
> 
> 
>   1. Lynn Singer, Ph.D, Professor of Pediatrics and
> Psychiatry, Case Western 
> 
>   Reserve University, School of Medicine 
> 
>   2. Stephen Kandall, MD, Retired Professor of
> Pediatrics, Albert Einstein 
> 
>   College of Medicine 
> 
>   3. Daniel Neuspiel, MD, MPH, Associate Chairman of
> Pediatrics, Beth Israel 
> 
>   Medical Center 
> 
>   4. Robert Newman, MD, Director, Baron Edmond de
> Rothschild Chemical 
> 
>   Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center
> 
> 
>   5. Barry Lester, Ph.D., Director, Infant
> Development Center, Women and 
> 
>   Infants’ Hospital 
> 
>   6. Mary Faith Marshall, Ph.D., Professor of
> Medicine and Bioethics, Kansas 
> 
>   University Medical Center 
> 
>   7. Maryann Amodeo, Ph.D., Professor, Boston
> University School of Social 
> Work, 
> 
>   Alcohol and Drug Institute for Policy, Research
> and Training 
> 
>   8. Denise Paone, Ph.D., Evaluation and Training
> Consultant, Former 
> Assistant 
> 
>   Director of Research, Chemical Dependency
> Institute, Beth Israel Medical 
> 
>   Center 
> 
>   9. John J. Botti, MD, Director, Maternal Fetal
> Medicine, Penn State Hershey 
> 
>   Medical Center 
> 
>   10. Mary Mahowald, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of
> OB/GYN, University of Chicago 
> 
>   11. Machelle Allen, MD, Assistant Professor,
> Department of OB/GYN, NYU 
> School 
> 
>   of Medicine 
> 
>   12. Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of
> Public Health and OB/GYN, 
> 
>   Columbia University, Mailman School of Public
> Health 
> 
>   13. Marjorie Greenfield MD, Associate Professor of
> OB/GYN, University 
> 
>   Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve
> University School of Medicine 
> 
>   14. Hytham Imseis, MD, Mountain Area Health
> Education Center, Dept. of 
> OB/GYN 
> 
>   15. Dona Upson, MD, Associate Professor of
> Medicine, University of New 
> Mexico 
> 
>   16. Mack Lipkin, Jr., MD, Director of Primary
> Care, NYU School of Medicine 
> 
>   17. Ernest Drucker, Ph.D., Professor of
> Epidemiology and Social Medicine, 
> 
>   Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School
> of Medicine 
> 
>   18. Angela R. Holder, LLM, Professor of the
> Practice of Medical Ethics, 
> 
>   Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and
> Humanities, Duke University 
> 
>   Medical Center 
> 
>   19. Sydney L. Hans, Ph.D., Research Associate
> Professor, Department of 
> 
>   Psychiatry, University of Chicago 
> 
>   20. Craig Reinarman, Ph.D., Chair and Professor,
> Dept. of Sociology, UC 
> Santa 
> 
>   Cruz 
> 
>   21. Rachel Roth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
> Washington University 
> 
>   22. Monica J. Casper, Ph.D., Associate Professor
> of Sociology, UC Santa 
> Cruz 
> 
>   23. Anthony R. Kovner, Ph.D., Professor of Health
> Policy and Management, 
> 
>   Wagner/NYU 
> 
>   24. Susan L. Adams, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor
> of Nursing, 
> Women’s 
> 
>   Health Nurse Practitioner, Perinatal Addiction,
> Dominican University of 
> 
>   California 
> 
>   25. Nina Peskoe Peyser, Former Executive Director
> of the Chemical 
> Dependency 
> 
>   Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center 
> 
>   26. Holly Catania, Baron Edmond de Rothschild
> Chemical Dependency Institute 
> 
>   of Beth Israel Medical Center 
> 
>   27. Nancy D. Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
> Rensselaer Polytechnic 
> 
>   Institute 
> 
>   28. Jerome Richardson, Assistant Professor,
> University of Illinois at 
> Chicago 
> 
>   29. Karyn L. Pomerantz, MLS, MPH, GW School of
> Public Health & Health 
> 
>   Services 
> 
>   30. Janet Lynne Golden, Ph.D., Associate
> Professor, Rutgers University 
> 
>   31. Cynthia Daniels, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
> Rutgers University 
> 
>   32. Drew Humphries, Ph.D., Department of
> Sociology, Anthropology and 
> Criminal 
> 
>   Justice, 
> 
>   Rutgers University 
> 
>   33. Elizabeth M. Armstong, Ph.D., Assistant
> Professor, Princeton University 
> 
>   34. Jael Silliman, Ed.D., Associate Professor,
> University of Iowa 
> 
>   35. Jeanne Flavin, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
> Fordham University 
> 
>   36. Victor J. Bernstein, Ph.D., Associate
> Professor, University of Chicago 
> 
>   37. Grace Chang, Ph.D., Evergreen State College 
> 
>   38. Mario A. Caro, Ph.D. Candidate, Professor,
> Evergreen State College 
> 
>   39. Phillip Coffin, MIA, Project Director, Center
> for Urban Epidemiologic 
> 
>   Studies, New York Academy of Medicine 
> 
>   40. Sheigla Murphy, Ph.D., Institute for
> Scientific Analysis 
> 
>   41. Leslie D. McCrory, Clinical Supervisor, Health
> Partners 
> 
>   42. Ann D. Brown, CNM, MSN, Dept. of OB/GYN,
> Mountain Area Health Education 
> 
>   Center 
> 
>   43. Shelley Galvin, MA, Research & Grants
> Coordinator, Dept. of OB/GYN, 
> 
>   Mountain Area Health Education Center 
> 
>   44. Susan Shinn, RNC, Women’s Health,
> Mountain Area Health Education 
> 
>   Center 
> 
>   45. Melissa McClure, Medical Records Coordinator,
> Mountain Area Perinatal 
> 
>   Substance Abuse Program 
> 
>   46. Cheryl Timbs, Clinical Supervisor, Mountain
> Area Perinatal Substance 
> 
>   Abuse Program 
> 
>   47. Elizabeth Finger, LWW, Director of Behavior
> Medicine, Mountain Area 
> 
>   Health Education Center 
> 
>   48. Terry Sutton, Program Assistant, Mountain Area
> Health Education Center 
> 
>   49. Jean Cassidy, Dept. of OB/GYN, Mountain Area
> Health Education Center 
> 
>   50. Steve Allison, Certified Clinical Addiction
> Specialist, Mountain Area 
> 
>   Health Education Center 
> 
>   51. Gregory McCoy, Mountain Area Perinatal
> Substance Abuse Program 
> 
>   52. Michael Eisenberg, MD, MPH, President, ASPIRE 
> 
>   53. Luciano Colonna, Executive Director, Harm
> Reduction Project 
> 
>   54. Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D 
> 
>   55. Ivan Zimmerman, J.D. 
> 
>   56. Rickie Solinger, Ph.D., Historian 
> 
>   57. National Women's Health Network 
> 
>   58. National Black Women’s Health Project 
> 
>   59. National Association for Public Health Policy
> Council on Illicit Drugs 
> 
>   60. Institute for Health and Recovery 
> 
>   61. Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM) 
> 
>   62. Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM)
> of Arkansas & Oklahoma 
> 
>   63. Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM)
> of DC 
> 
>   64. Connecticut Women’s Consortium 
> 
>   65. Casa Segura 
> 
>   66. Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center 
> 
>   67. Addiction Treatment Watchdog 
> 
>   68. CAP Quality Care Methadone Clinic 
> 
>   69. Virginia Alliance of Methadone Advocates 
> 
>   70. Vermont Harm Reduction Coalition 
> 
>   71. San Francisco AIDS Foundation HIV Prevention
> Project 
> 
>   72. AIDS Project New Haven 
> 
>   73. HIV Law Project 
> 
>   74. ASPIRE 
> 
>   75. Drug Policy Alliance 
> 
>   76. Urban Justice Center 
> 
>   77. Criminal Justice Policy Institute 
> 
>   78. Center for Human Rights Education 
> 
>   79. Family Watch 
> 
>   80. Committee on Women, Population, and the
> Environment 
> 
>   81. Cambridge Cares About AIDS 
> 
>   82. California Coalition for Women Prisoners 
> 
>   83. Legal Services for Prisoners With Children 
> 
>   84. NORML Foundation 
> 
>   85. Common Sense for Drug Policy 
> 
>   86. Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii 
> 
>   87. ReconsiDer 
> 
>   88. Communities Against Rape and Abuse 
> 
>   89. Mikki Norris, Human Rights and the Drug War 
> 
>   90. Alice Diorio, President, Vermont Harm
> Reduction Coalition 
> 
>   91. Kevin Zeese, Executive Director, Common Sense
> for Drug Policy 
> 
>   92. Donna M. Shea, Legal Director, NORML 
> 
>   93. Mark Beresky, Secretary/Treasurer, Vermont
> Harm Reduction Coalition 
> 
>   94. Marc Shinderman, MD, CAP Quality Care
> Methadone Clinic 
> 
>   95. Cassie Pierson, Staff Attorney, Legal Services
> for Prisoners with 
> 
>   Children 
> 
>   96. Monique Tula, Director of Harm Reduction
> Services, Cambridge Cares 
> About 
> 
>   AIDS 
> 
>   97. Eliza Wheeler, Needle Exchange Program
> Coordinator, Cambridge Cares 
> About 
> 
>   AIDS 
> 
>   98. Robin Clark-Smith, AIDS Program, Bridgeport
> Health Department 
> 
>   99. Terri Bogage, Institute for Health and
> Recovery 
> 
>   100. Syd Lindsley, Committee on Women, Population,
> and the Environment 
> 
>   101. Jacqueline Robarge, Power Inside 
> 
>   102. Stephanie Manfre, Children’s Case
> Manager, Riley Center 
> 
>   103. Ann Beck, Riley Center 
> 
>   104. Jennifer Grant, Director, Riley Center 
> 
>   105. Teresa Martyny, Riley Center 
> 
>   106. Kylie Chow, Brennan House 
> 
>   107. JoAnn Yang, Riley Center 
> 
>   108. Michelle Rivera, Riley Center 
> 
>   109. Carolina Alaniz, Riley Center 
> 
>   110. Idoia Irastorza, Riley Center 
> 
>   111. Megan Koroshetz, Riley Center 
> 
>   112. Stacy Benedict, Riley Center 
> 
>   113. Liliana Diaz, San Francisco Department of
> Public Health 
> 
>   114. Ellenie Tuazon, San Francisco Department of
> Public Health 
> 
>   115. Elba Warner, San Francisco Department of
> Public Health 
> 
>   116. Ebone Colbert, Communities Against Rape and
> Abuse 
> 
>   117. Theryn Kigvamasud’Vashti, Communities
> Against Rape and Abuse 
> 
>   118. Alisa Bierria, Program Coordinator,
> Communities Against Rape and Abuse 
> 
>   119. Shane Felles 
> 
>   120. Brion Roberts 
> 
>   121. Susan Yanow, Director, Abortion Access
> Project 
> 
>   122. Shiela VanDerveer, Development Director,
> NARAL – NH 
> 
>   123. NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund 
> 
>   124. Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Director, Safety
> First Project, Drug Policy 
> 
>   Alliance 
> 
>   125. Ann M. Boyer, MD, MS, Mt. Sinai Medical
> Center 
> 
>   126. Nancy Mamis-King, Associate Executive
> Director, Neighborhood Youth & 
> 
>   Family Services 
> 
>   127. Maureen Denman, Atlantic Health System 
> 
>   128. Shelly Carter, Health Educator, New Mexico
> Prenatal Care Network, 
> 
>   University of New Mexico 
> 
>   129. National Council on Alcoholism & Drug
> Dependence 
> 
>   130. Gloria Knighton 
> 
>   131. Virginia Nurses Society on Addictions 
> 
>   132. National Alliance of Methadone Advocates 
> 
>   133. National Advocates for Pregnant Women
> 
>  
> 


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