Fauntroy Plans 'Family Day' for July 4 - 1983-06-22
Spokesmen for several national antidrug organizations and D.C. Delegate Walter Fauntroy announced yesterday that they will hold a "celebration of the family" on July 4 at Lafayette Square as part of a national campaign to eliminate teen-age drug abuse and strengthen family values.
In hosting the celebration, the organizers of the celebration have thwarted the efforts of a pro-marijuana group, the Youth International Party, commonly called Yippies, to hold their annual July 4 marijuana smoke-in at Lafayette Square. The antidrug groups applied for a permit to use the square one day before the Yippies applied for one. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Service said that permits to use the square are approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The celebration, a program of speeches and musical entertainment, is being sponsored by the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers, the local chapters of Toughlove and Straight, Inc. -- two staunch antidrug groups -- and several dozen other family and antidrug organizations. Fauntroy said that the groups represent "a serious but informal coalition to reinforce the support for a healthy environment for our children."