LEAP Presentation to Vermonters

Upcoming appearance in Vermont…

EVENT SPEAKER: John Tommasi

(http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php?name=Speakers&bio=240

EVENT TITLE: Presentation to Champlain College SSDP

SPONSORING CLUB: Champlain College SSDP

EVENT TYPE: presentation

EVENT DESCRIPTION/DETAILS: SSDP is new at this school. John will present on his experiences and focus on the economic angles as to why the drug war has failed and needs to be replaced with legalization. 40-45 minutes presentation followed by 15-20 minutes Q&A

EVENT LOCATION/DETAILS: Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, South Willard Street, Burlington, VT – Parking is free on the weekends; closest parking lot is behind Bader Hall. Alumni Auditorium is #27 on this maphttp://www.champlain.edu/Documents/about_champlain/Campus-Map.pdf

EVENT DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2:00-3:00pm

EVENT COST to ATTENDEES: none

EVENT CONTACT NAME(S), POSITION, PH#, EMAIL: Eric Geller, eric.geller@mymail.champlain.edu, 603-759-8575 DAY OF EVENT EMERGENCY NUMBER: 603-759-8575

APPROXIMATE ATTENDANCE: unknown EQUIPMENT NEEDED: projector and screen EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE: projector and screen.

MORE ON LEAP:

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is an organization comprised of cops, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens and others within the criminal justice community who have fought on the front lines of the War on Drugs but have come to believe that the War on Drugs is a colossal public policy failure. LEAP believes that America will never be ‘drug-free’ and that in order to keep our children safe and make our communities safer, we must consider alternatives. LEAP calls for a dramatic and completely different direction: America must end prohibition and replace it with real control over the manufacture and distribution of all drugs. LEAP believes prohibition must be replaced with regulation and some form of legalization.

LEAP is absolutely not pro-drug. LEAP wants drugs to be less available to children and more restrictive to adults, and LEAP wants to reduce crime and violence in our communities. Our cops know that it’s not the drugs themselves that cause these problems, but the illegal drug marketplace.

Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs, prestigious universities, political groups from both the left and the right have all hosted LEAP speakers and provided almost entirely positive feedback. In 2009, LEAP has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and on CNN and MSNBC. In fact just today, three of our speakers were featured on the NYT web site here: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/a-new-course-on-medical-marijuana/

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