Frequently Asked Questions
On Nov. 1st, 2012, Oshan Anand Cook was convicted of distributing psychedelic drugs during a 2nd jury trial and was taken into custody that day. He was sentenced to 151 months (12 years, 7 months) in federal prison. We are raising money to pay for his legal fees. For more info about Oshan, his legal case and how to donate to his defense fund, visit: www.teanotprison.com
Oshan has NO access to the internet or his Facebook account. If you see things posted on Facebook it’s because Oshan’s friends or family posted it.
Communicating with Oshan via postal mail, email or phone. View
If you feel inspired, please donate to his commissary fund. This is very much appreciated. View
FUNDRAISERS & BENEFITS:
Feel free to organize fundraisers and benefits.
Om Shan Tea’s teahouse and mobile tea service are closed. Oshan’s cousin (firstname.lastname@example.org) runs a similar mobile tea service. Contact him if you want a tea lounge at your conference, festival, party, wedding, etc.
Join the “We Love Oshan” Facebook Group: TeaNotPrison.net/facebook
This group is to:
- Support Oshan as he spends time in prison
- Share stories about Oshan, visits with him, letters, etc.
- Brainstorm ideas for projects that honor Oshan’s mission.
- Work together to reform the prison system and end the Drug War.
Please keep Oshan in your prayers and keep sending magic, love, and strength to him and his family and community. Please spread Oshan’s story far and beyond and educate your friends about the War on Drugs.
If you have any questions feel free to contact:
Here are a few ways you can do something. I encourage everyone who reads this choose at least one action they can take:
- You can make and distribute fliers, leaflets stickers and posters about these issues.
- You can write articles for magazines and newspapers about these issues.
- You can attend rallies, protests and political events that bring awareness to these issues.
- You can volunteer with one of the many non-profits organizations that are working for reform.
- If you are a student, start or join a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (ssdp.org)
- The Drug Policy Alliance (www.drugpolicy.org) is working to decriminalize drugs.
- Law enforcement against prohibition (leap.org) is made up of judges, police chiefs and law enforcement officers advocating to decriminalize all drugs.
- The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (www.maps.org) is working to get marijuana and psychedelics approved for medicinal and psychotherapeutic use. Other organizations are listed below.
- You can produce events about these issues. You can also integrate education into your existing events such as parties, festivals and conferences by inviting people to speak at your the event or organization.
- You can help our culture evolve beyond cruelty, judgement and punishment into a culture of healing, compassion, forgiveness and restorative justice. This begins with all of us examining that we judge and punish each other and by learning to forgive and love each other.
About The Drug War
The current drug and prison policies in the United States are cruel and corrupt.
Here is a list of useful links on the topic:
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
- Students for Sensible Drug Policy
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Drug Sense
- Families Against Mandatory Minimums
- Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. More great links from them: http://www.cjpf.org/links/links.html
Major media articles: