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Eric Sterling, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Eric Sterling, emcee of the Out from the Shadows conference, gives opening remarks about his trip to Latin America with US Congressmen as he served as council to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Al Giordano, Narconews.com

Al Giordano is the founder and publisher of Narco News, an online newspaper reporting on the drug war and democracy from Latin America. He is also the president of the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism.

Felipe Quispe, Bolivian Federal Deputy

Felipe Quispe is the Congressman and El Mallku (high leader) of the indigenous Aymara Nation. Part 1 of 3: Part 2 of 3: Part 3 of 3:

Aguillar Raquel Gutierrez, La Jornada

Aguillar Raquel Gutierrez is a columnist for La Jornada in Mexico City. Here, she introduces Mr. Felipe Quispe, a Federal Deputy of Bolivia.

Gustavo De Greiff, former Prosecutor General

Gustavo De Greiff is the former Prosecutor General of Columbia, and presided over take down the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Part 1 of 5: Part 2 of 5: Part 3 of 5: Part 4 of 5: Part 5 of 5:

Marco Perduca, executive director LIA

Remarks given by Marco Perduca, executive director of the International Antiprohibitionist League.

David Borden, Executive Director DRCNet

David Borden, executive director of the Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), opens the Out from the Shadows conference.

Francisco Fernandez, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan

Dr. Fernandez has been a faculty member at the Autonomous University of Yucatan for twenty years, and was appointed chair of the Anthropology department in 1997. He approved the university's co-sponsorship and hosting of the Out from the Shadows conference.

Out from the Shadows: Ending Drug Prohibition in the 21st Century

DRAFT Out from the Shadows was an international conference series, whose main event was a conference the city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from February __ to 13. Out from the Shadows drew people from throughout Latin America, as well as Europe and the United States, including legislators from seven countries. The following video footage was provided by Eclectech, a media group based in Merida and __, and by Radio Radicale, an affiliate of one of our primary conference sponsors, the Transnational Radical Party. Some or all speeches not displayed from the following: Luis Paulo Guanabara Eric Sterling Marco Perduca Rose Marie Acha Gustavo de Greiff interview David Borden interview Marco Cappato interview Marco Perduca interview

Marijuana Expo Draws 20,000 to LA Convention Center

Another short video from Mike Gray, for Common Sense for Drug Policy. This one is from Todd McCormick's recent THC Expo in Los Angeles -- as Mike describes it, the "[l]argest marijuana merchandising exhibit in US History," "draw[ing] crowds and exhibitors from all over the world to the Los Angeles Convention Center." This could not happen if marijuana were not basically accepted by society, or a large part of it, despite the retrograde laws that still see thousands arrested daily. View the first video in the series, "Retirees Demand Marijuana," here. In case anyone doesn't know who Mike Gray is, by the way, you should know that he's a distinguished filmmaker and author, whose credits include the late 1970s Jane Fonda-Jack Lemmon-Michael Douglas movie The China Syndrome, as well as extensive work on the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. In drug policy he is well known as author of the book Drug Crazy, possibly the best introduction to the madness of the drug war yet written. (Mike's a member of our advisory board too.)
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