Alex Koroknay-Palicz, NYRA’s Executive Director, recently attended a conference in Long Beach, Calif., organized by the Drug Policy Alliance. The conference attracted many leaders in the drug policy reform movement, including Scarlett Swerdlow, formerly of NYRA’s Board of Directors, and former Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Cali.), who sponsored an important voting age bill in California. Koroknay-Palicz had many opportunities to network with other activists. From the time he boarded the plane until the end of the conference, Koroknay-Palicz was meeting with people who could potentially become staunch allies and even lead NYRA to new sources of funding. Koroknay-Palicz had an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion. The discussion dealt with the drinking age and how parents should talk about drugs with their sons and daughters. The panel was a resounding success, and many of those who participated found themselves in agreement with NYRA’s Executive Director. The generous people at Common Sense for Drug Policy agreed to pay Koroknay-Palicz’s way to the conference. Special thanks to Common Sense for Drug Policy and the DPA for organizing the event.

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