January Press Release for The Annual 420 Rally
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Miguel Lopez, 720-338-8766
Denver 420 Rally, Saturday April 19 10 am-5 pm & Sunday April 20 9am-6pm, 2014: Epic Historic Marijuana Revolution Celebration FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – The Largest 420 Rally in the World!
2013 was a historical year in Colorado and in the marijuana movement. It was the first year of legal marijuana and a step towards ending a failed Drug War. This year’s 420 Rally is going to give guests the marijuana experience of the future. It will be the largest ever, is approved by Mayor Hancock’s administration, and will be a celebration of the historical revolutionary steps towards ending marijuana prohibition. It will also be a rallying cry for the need to continue the battle for social justice for those most negatively impacted by the Drug War, who in spite of legalization, remain incarcerated or with criminal records, forever condemning them to a life of mediocrity while others grow rich.
The 420 Rally continues to support the repealing of all marijuana prohibition laws and fighting against those that are still unjust. The legalization effort in Colorado set up a regulatory scheme that was lobbied for, and supported by, the wealthy elite. Buying out politicians and rent-seeking behavior by self-interested lobbyists and business leaders has been obvious in the marijuana industry. Amendment 64, the taxes, and the regulatory structure continue to keep marginalized communities in economic slavery by favoring the wealthy. The 420 Rally is focused on unity and equal rights for all people and will continue to hold people accountable for sustaining economic injustice towards marginalized communities for self gain.
April 20, 2014 happens to fall on Easter Sunday and during Passover, representing resurrection and freedom. Passover honors the time when the Jews fled from slavery in Egypt, and the stories of Passover were used by African slaves in their songs for freedom. This year’s rally represents the continuing fight for freedom from economic slavery for marginalized members of our community and a rebirth of creative genius that will get us there. The Denver 420 Rally will also be acknowledging the medical patients and their caregivers who paved the way for marijuana legalization. Ken Gorman founded Rally in 1993, and this is his legacy. Ken was a friend to the urban folk. He preached about the social injustices of the drug war and that it was rooted in racism. If he were alive today, he would agree that we are still not free. There are people still in jail for non-violent marijuana offenses. There are still people being murdered over drugs. There are still people unable to get jobs because of criminal records. The 420 Rally is dedicated to continuing Ken’s legacy.
Following the tradition since the first permitted event in 2008, the rally will have speakers, musicians, and vendors to celebrate the marijuana culture, the community, and all of its achievements. This year we will be handing out awards to outstanding achievers and contributors to the community, most importantly to the organic and rooted activists who have been contributing to the movement since before 2008. Awards will also be given out to those that have made negative contributions by not being inclusive, for example the Most Politically Incorrect and Greedy Award (hint: initials are NA) and the Tio Taco Award (same initials), and the Uncle Tom award (initials are like a root beer). It will be fun and we hope to see you there!
Mark your Calendars for these important dates!
Saturday April 19th 10:00am-5:00p.m. & Sunday April 20th 2014 Civic Center Park 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m Denver Colorado.
Denver Global Marijuana March Saturday May 3rd 2014 time and route T.B.D.
The 45th U.S. National Smoke-IN Friday July 4th 2014 HIGH noon-3:00p.m The White House, 3:00p.m. March to Lincoln Memorial with music and speakers there till 9:00p.m. Washington D.C. to be a part of these major events please get involved now!
We have recently learned The Chief Organizer of the Denver 420 Rally Mr.Miguel Lopez maybe expected to organize, and lead next years 45th Annual Smoke-in at the White House/Lincoln Memorial July 4th 2014
The National Smoke-In
4th of July Hemp Coalition & Club Boyd’s Present:
ALL THINGS CANNABIS! & 44th Annual Smoke-IN
Thursday July 4, 2013, will be a landmark day in our long standing struggle to achieve an end to the Federal Government’s opposition to reschedule marijuana. On that date, 44th Annual Smoke-In will take place on the National Mall.
We are offering exciting benefits to organizations and individuals who can contribute to our demonstration, time is running out, so join us now!
GOLD STANDARD Donors contributing $1,000 or more will receive these benefits, plus a banner placed on the stage at the rally and concert, Along with an outreach table for you at the concert site on the day of the event.. These stages are conveniently located near the Mall, White House, and public transportation.
STANDARD Donors contributing $250 will receive:
Inclusion of your logo in the Washington DC City Paper full-page AD, Your logo printed on the event poster, PLUS! an Online link to your organization on our website smoke-in.us
prior to the event.
INDIVIDUAL Activist Contribution Level
Individuals contributing $100 will be listed in the official program and on the website as a donor, This program is sure to become a commemorative item you will cherish for years to come.
Please contact us to make your pledge!.
1.) Secure payment can be made through the link at our web site (www.smoke-in.us)
2.) Or by mailing a check or money order to:
The Fourth Of July Hemp Coalition
PO Box 5513
Washington DC, 20016
3.) Contact our Treasurer ~ Miguel Lopez to arrange for him to pick up your donation directly. firstname.lastname@example.org
4.) All Pledge Receipts and Info will be sent to donors by July 1st, 2013
Thank You! ~ The FJHC Steering Committee
John Pylka ~ Producer, 40th Annual Smoke-in
Miguel Lopez ~ Producer, Denver 420 & Lafayette Park Rally
Wayward Bill ~ Producer, U.S. Marijuana Party Parade
Billy Beam ~ Producer, 44th Annual Smoke-in Concert
Richard Eastman ~ Producer, Get the Greed Out Of The Weed
Rally ~ High Noon Lafayette Park (White House)
March ~ 3pm (White House To Lincoln Memorial)
Concert ~ 2-9pm (23rd & Constitution AVE NW)
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Unfortunate Sons W/ Ron Holloway
Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-Strings
with Guest Speakers:
Miguel Lopez ~ Denver 420
Wayward Bill ~ U.S. Marijuana Party
John Pylka ~ 4th of July Hemp Coalition
Richard Eastman ~ Get The Greed Out Of Weed
Nathan Phillips ~ Native Youth Alliance
Fred Golf ~ DC Sports Trainer
For more info or to become a volunteer visit
As for the 2014 420 Rally, it is still scheduled for April 19th, 10am 2014. Miguel Lopez has received criticism by Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown about the political aspect as it has been legalized.
Charlie Brown wants everyone to believe that Amendment 64 fixed all the issues would be misleading to the people. It is clear that the prohibition is still affecting fellow American’s in our surrounding states and our brothers and sisters in other countries where it is punishable by a life of incarceration or death. By continuing to punish the people affected by the prohibition, it is preventing equal business opportunities in the state of Colorado.
Also with the idea that gang violence is associated with prohibition is known, however we have seen a recent rise in gang violence with the legalization of marijuana.
This is why we must continue to fight for our right to be treated equally and given an equal opportunity.
For more information on a detailed account on what happened at the meeting, feel free to contact us or stay tuned on the blog.