I have decided that it is time for me to step back from the ATRA campaign. Effective November 1, DanceSafe, a not-for-profit public health organization that promotes health and safety within the nightlife community, will continue the work of the Amend the RAVE Act campaign.
Last week the Justice Department added that fact-based drug education material may be distributed at events! In fact, they said that both of these measures have been deemed to be ‘reasonable and appropriate safety measures.’
Terrific news! U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Justice (DOJ), is currently reviewing my request to amend the RAVE Act! I’ve asked her to make the enforcement of the law clear so that event producers who take common-sense safety measures are no longer put at risk of prosecution.
Dear Virginia friends, I need your help. We need to motivate our Virginia U.S. Senators to move quickly to make dance concert settings safer. Festival and concert season is right around the corner and we need their attention now before we witness yet another year of senseless medical emergencies.
August 31, 2015 - The Amend the RAVE Act (ATRA) campaign is gathering speed and gearing up take the petition to Congress this fall. We now have over 11,600 people who have signed on, and the momentum continues.
June 20, 2015 - You may have heard that another young woman has died at EchoStage, the same concert hall in Washington DC where my daughter, Shelley, died almost two years ago. Have you been to an event there? If so, I would like to hear from you.
January 23, 2015 - Thank you for your support of the Amend the RAVE Act educational campaign that I have undertaken. It is because of your active involvement in this monumental, multifaceted effort that federal legislators have taken note of our work. My husband, Rob, and I have...
September 15, 2014 - Thank you for signing the petition and making the Amend the RAVE Act (ATRA) campaign a force to be taken seriously. Many other public safety groups are lending their support and I have been receiving many media calls since I sent out a press release about...
Press Release: Mother Launches Campaign to Amend RAVE Act, Says Federal Law May Have Contributed to Her Daughter’s DeathDede Goldsmith
ABINGDON, VA – The mother of a 19-year old UVA honors student has launched a campaign to change a federal law that she contends is outdated and likely contributed to her daughter’s death. Shelley Goldsmith died of heat stroke last summer at an electronic dance music (EDM) event in...