Thank you so much for being a part of Save The Rave! The support and energy from the community is inspiring and we are grateful for all of your actions and attention so far.
There has been a lot of confusion over AB 74 that we’d like to help clear up. The bill is on “hold” at the moment, not moving forward but also still alive. The “hold” is fantastic, and is a direct result of our combined efforts: calling, e-mailing and joining together to send a strong message that we will NOT allow our community to be discriminated against.
Assemblywoman Ma has since reached out to us and invited us to help educate her, other legislators and the public on what our community really stands for and how we can work together to the benefit of our community and address issues such as: harm-reduction, drug education and “best practices” for dance music events.
This communication and work will occur through a series of stakeholder meetings with folks from all sides. The results of those meetings will be used to either amend AB 74 into a very different bill or will lead to the creation of new legislation altogether. If the results are not satisfactory we will need to rise up again to stop AB 74. If the results are positive then we can celebrate the crafting of new legislation that would help improve our events and keep our community safe and vibrant!
If you would like to be a part of this process, please come to one of our open Save The Rave meetings and become a member. (Meeting information listed below)
It is also VERY important that you know we are concurrently working on related issues in the City of San Francisco regarding the way electronic music events are discriminated against by the police and policy makers. We are working on setting up a massive joint hearing at City Hall with the Youth Commission and the Entertainment Commission to allow for these issues to be brought forth and for the community to come and speak out!! We have already been to the Youth Commission and they have agreed so we are going to the Entertainment Commission next and seeking their support. If approved, we anticipate this important hearing to take place in the end of January or February. We will need ALL OF YOU to show up for that!!
The best way for you to get involved is to join Save The Rave and begin coming to our public meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18th in San Francisco (134 Golden Gate Avenue – 6:30pm). Anyone is welcome to come and after your second consecutive meeting you can become a voting member and help us craft our work!
In the meantime keep spreading the word, follow this process (and get your friends involved too!) Sign up for our e-mail list, FB group/page and Twitter (if you haven’t already done so!) We will keep everyone posted every step of the way and always welcome new hands and voices to help out!
-Save The Rave
(From the S.T.R. E-Mail List)