Tony Newman

tony-newman-200Tony Newman is director of media relations, a position he has held since 2000. Newman has more than 15 years of public relations experience. Before joining the organization, he was the media director for the human rights organization Global Exchange and co-founded the public relations firm Communication Works. Newman received his B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz.
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Nancy Reagan’s Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs

Nancy Reagan, the former first lady and widow of President Ronald Reagan died on Sunday in California at age 94. Front pages around the world are remembering her life. The stories all talk about the powerful love between Nancy and Ronald and her impactful role as first lady. When highlighting her advocacy, one of the first things that often pops up is her starring role in President Reagan’s embrace and amplification of the war on drugs. Nancy's "Just Say No" campaign became her signature issue … [Read more...]

How Police Use Young People as Confidential Informants in the Drug War

Supporters of the drug war often claim that we need to wage this unwinnable war to “protect” young people. 60 Minutes ran an explosive piece last night showing one of the many ways that the war on drugs actually endangers young people: the sickening use of young students as confidential informants. Informants work for law enforcement, often secretly, to entrap people on drug charges or to testify in exchange for cash or a reduction of their punishment. 60 Minutes shows us young people who … [Read more...]

How the War on Drugs Contributes to the “1.5 Million Missing Black Men”

Last Monday, the New York Times wrote a deeply upsetting piece titled, “ .” According to the Times, “Black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million. …For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99.” The primary reasons the 1.5 million men are missing from their communities is because they are behind bars or because of early death, the story … [Read more...]

The Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Medical Marijuana Special

A little over a week ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a one hour CNN special on medical marijuana. The impact of his special and an op-ed that he wrote for CNN - where he apologized for his past opposition to medical marijuana - has been incredible! In the run-up to Gupta's CNN special, his op-ed made national news and was shared more than half a million times on Facebook. Just a few years ago, he came out against medical marijuana. Yet in his op-ed he expressed regret for not studying the issue … [Read more...]

Beyond Marijuana: Gearing Up For the Battle to Decriminalize All Drugs

The momentum to legalize marijuana has snowballed over the last few years and has quickly moved from the fringes of U.S. politics to the mainstream. In just three years, the number of Americans who support it has jumped from 41 percent to 52 percent. Colorado and Washington State made history last year when they became the first two states -- and the first two political jurisdictions anywhere in the world -- to legally regulate the production and distribution of marijuana, and many states are … [Read more...]