A talk by Andre Rosedale
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com
with an introduction by Tom Neel
Tuesday, October 14th, 7:30 p.m, Parish Hall
LEAP was founded in 2002 by five cops who had spent their careers on the front lines of the “War of Drugs”. Better than anyone they knew how prohibition only made drug addiction nd street violence worse. When this “War” was declared during the Reagan administration there were 40,000 people in prison on drug charges. Today there are 500,000, and there are estimated to be 900,000 active gang members in 20,000 gangs in 2,500 cities linked directly to the Mexican drug cartels whose profits are in the $$ billions in North America alone. Half the “terrorist” groups listed by the US State Department, have direct ties to the global drug trade.
Today, LEAP has nearly 100,000 supporters and members in 90 countries. They are judges, FBI/DEA agents, police officers, prosecutors. These individuals give a credible voice in presentations to civic groups, the media, and public groups and churches. The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multiple harms and casualties in the War on Drugs by ending drug prohibition. LEAP works to educate media and policy makers about the failures of current policies, and to restore public respect for law enforcement who are fighting a “war” that cannot be “won”.
First Church Belmont UU is hosting a presentation by LEAP to help all members of the community recognize the pressing need to focus attention on ways to change public policy. In August, Governor Deval Patrick declared ”A State of Emergency” after dozens of deaths occurred from opioid overdoses.
First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Avenue 617-484-1054
For more information, contact:Lillian Anderson( firstname.lastname@example.org)