The (post) modern electronic ecstatic dance phenomenon is infused
with a new ethics that claims to take seriously the movement's mantra
"PLUR" (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect). While ravers themselves
debate whether the "movement" subverts or supports
mainstream cultural values, the U.S. Government has officially declared
the happenings as events non grata. Local ordinances as well as federal
legislation aim to limit, if not entirely outlaw, rave events,
characterizing them as little more than gathering spots for dealers of the
drug MDMA (Ecstasy) and other "club drugs" to sell their poison
to America's youth.
is implicated anytime that peaceful people are persecuted by the
government for exercising their right to enter
ecstatic states of mind, with or without the use of drugs.
Ask Dr. Shulgin
Drug Law Library
A pending California bill that would require special permits to
hold a rave.
(Ecstasy) Law and Policy
Lots of resources regarding MDMA, some of which are directly or
indirectly relevant to raves
Federal bill that, among other things,
seeks to coerce communities to ban "rave" clubs.
Promoters Threatened by Federal Bill
Section 416A of HR 3782 targets "raves"
"Whoever knowingly promotes any rave,
dance, music, or other entertainment event, that takes place under
circumstances where the promoter knows or reasonably ought to know that a
controlled substance will be used or distributed in violation of Federal
law or the law of the place were the event is held, shall be fined under
title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 9 years, or
in the Rave Trade, by Richard Glen Boire
on the "L.A. Rave" conference held by the California
Association of Toxicologists on May 5, 2000
is Latest Drug War Tactic
Government Seeks to
Put "Rave" Dance Promoters in Prison
local music promoter and a concert hall manager who face up to 20 years
in prison and $500,000 in fines simply for staging the electronic dance
music events known as "raves" said today that the charges
against them amount to censorship and have asked a federal court here to
dismiss the case.
News Stories about Raves
From the media awareness
War on Raves Went Too Far, Louisiana Court Rules
"The American Civil Liberties Union scored a
when U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous ruled that prosecutors cannot
force the organizers of a rave dance party to ban pacifiers or glow
"The music, lighting, and ambience
were all fine-tuned to elicit and augment altered states of consciousness.
The rhythm of the music was a precise 120 beats-per-minute, the frequency
of the fetal heart rate, and the same beat used by South American shaman
to bring their tribes into a trance state. Through dancing together,
without prescribed movements or even partners, rave dancers sought to
reach group consciousness on a level they had never experienced
before. The object of a rave was to experience a reality that went beyond
the self. Ravers aspired to an awareness of group organism.
Inspired by the holograms and fractals on their computers, they sought to
create a dynamic system in which each member could experience the essence
of the whole."
Music Defense & Education Fund
"Mission: To raise and provide funds
for legal assistance to innocent professionals in the electronic dance
music business who are targeted by law enforcement in the expanding
campaign against "club drugs". In addition to providing funds
for legal efforts to protect the industry, EM:DEF will serve as a
spokes-agency for the electronic dance music industry -- providing an
independent voice on behalf of industry professionals, while allowing
professionals to avoid public association which could result in
retaliation by law enforcement."
is the Rapture
"Everything changes when you start to
emit your own frequency rather than absorb the frequencies around you,
when you start imprinting your intent on the Universe rather than
receiving an imprint from the Universe."
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