August 13 to August 17
Patriotic Hall, 1816 Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015-3499

Index of War on Drugs Speeches
The complete speech transcript for the War on Drug speeches are >130k so we decided to create an index for you so that you can easily explore the issues resulting from America's War on Drugs.

War on Drug Speeches fresh off the Press
The war on drugs is happening in our own cities, in our own streets. The war on drugs in effecting Americans: our right to vote, our right to freedom, and our right to due process, especially in the case of search and seizure. Before we cut up the text into bite-size morsels, we want to give you a sneak preview!

A Letter from Arianna Huffington
If you listen, you can hear the rustle of a movement coming to life in America -- a movement that will dramatically alter the conduct of the two major parties and bring about a new politics. This movement is about you, your neighbors, your friends and all those who have been denied a seat at the table of American politics. And make no mistake; the price we pay for our absence is high.

Shadow Speech by Former Senator Gary Hart
"America today is a republic. But it's a republic in name only. We the people have permitted our sovereignty to be taken from us. We've permitted the legalization of corruption. And we've permitted ourselves to be dominated by a political process that serves the interests of the powerful, the influential, and the connected. "

Shadow Convention on
"And at Patriotic Hall where the Shadow Convention had met simultaneously with the Democratic gathering at Staples Center, and where the burgeoning Independent Media Center had set up shop, erstwhile Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra joined professional activist and California state Sen. Tom Hayden and others in a wrap-up forum that was aired by Pacifica Radio Network's "Democracy Now" program. Biafra's conclusion was actually a rather conventional one, shared, pollsters tell us, by legions of Americans nationwide: You can't trust Gore."

Los Angeles Thursday Video Highlights Available
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Los Angeles Wednesday Video Highlights Available
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Shadow Convention Speech Transcripts
Come and explore a long list of Shadow Convention 2000 speeches in written, audio, and video formats so that you could well have been here!

Los Angeles Tuesday Video Highlights Available
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Los Angeles Sunday Video Highlights Available
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Green Party Senate Candidate Calls for Protection of Protestors' Rights
Medea Benjamin, Green Party for US Senate in California, strongly denounced tonight's excessive violence against the thousands of people peacefully attending the Rage Against the Machine concert being held at the designated protest zone at the Democratic National Convention.

Los Angeles Monday Video Highlights Available
Highlight clips from Monday's events availble for viewing.

Shadow Speech by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Il)
"There are many worthy issues that will be discussed at this convention. In fact, I have a feeling that some of you are going to bring up the brutal administration of the death penalty in this country, which has to change. So I credit all of you for your work and advocacy, but tonight my emphasis is on campaign finance reform and on the national party conventions."

Shadow Speech by Senator Russ Feingold
"There are many worthy issues that will be discussed at this convention. In fact, I have a feeling that some of you are going to bring up the brutal administration of the death penalty in this country, which has to change. So I credit all of you for your work and advocacy, but tonight my emphasis is on campaign finance reform and on the national party conventions."

Shadow Speech by Arianna Huffington
"The Philadelphia Shadow was a big hit, but to borrow a phrase from one of Al Gore’s convention themes (and we promise not to borrow anything else): 'You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet'."

Shadow Convention Exposing Growing Rift Within Democratic Party During "Prosperity and Progress" Day at Democratic National Convention
L.A. Mayoral Candidate Antonio Villaraigosa Blasts Poverty and War on Drugs as "Immoral" Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Il) and Other Democrats Speak Out Against Poverty and the "Locked-Out" Democratic Convention on First Day of Shadow Conventions Los Angeles -- Former Speaker of the California Assembly and L.A. mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa sharply criticized America's growing economic inequality and the impact of the war on drugs on minority communities.

Full Audio Transcript of Sunday's Event Available
Enjoy the full audio transcript of yesterday's Los Angeles Shadow Convention. (Requires ) All streaming media provided by RealImpact, a Project of RealNetworks.

On Democrats' Day Of Self-Congratulation, Shadow Convention Focuses On The Other America
The Shadow Convention presents the Other America. A powerful line-up of political leaders, spiritual leaders, members of affected communities and policy experts will discuss the persistence of poverty in the midst of our vaunted prosperity and the alarming wealth gap generated by the new economy. This Shadow Convention session begins at 10 AM at Patriotic Hall, 1816 So. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, just five blocks south of the Staples Center.

Feingold Calls For Halt To Special Interest Money Events At Convention
Feingold told the opening night assembly of Shadow Convention L.A. at the Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles that the upcoming Democratic convention will join the lately concluded Republican convention as "the worst display of money and corruption in American history."

Culture Jam Heats up Los Angeles Shadow Convention
Music, Culture and Activism: From Hippies to Hip-Hop and Beyond", featuring rap pioneer KRS-One, John lydon, Vernon Reid, and very special surprise guests TBA talking with KPFA Radio's Davey D and Mark LeVine about the seminal political moments in pop music they each participated in (the civil rights/anti-war movements, the beginnings of punk, and the Public Enemy era in hip-hop), and how we can learn from those experiences to once again make music, and the culture industries more generally, a force for change in our larger society.

Updated Schedule for Los Angeles Shadow Convention
Come and explore the official schedule of events for the Los Angeles Shadow Conventions 2000. Open your planner and fill your schedule!

Discuss the L.A. Shadow Convention
Make your voice heard in the official Shadow Conventions online discussion forum! Hosted by Café Utne, Utne Reader's Webby Award-winning discussion community, the Shadow Conventions online conference lets you interact directly with the featured speakers and conveners. Join other users and share your stories and opinions on big money politics, poverty and inequality, and the failed drug war.

Parking Map for Los Angeles Shadow Convention
Everybody drives in Los Angeles! Los Angeles translates literally to "The City that Always Drives." So, we have a map that will help you find a safe harbor for your transport!

Shadow Convention L.A. Highlights
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Volunteer Tasks
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Directions to LA Venue
August 13 to August 17, Patriotic Hall - 1816 Figueroa St

Press Release Announcing Shadow Conventions
Call to Renewal, The National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, Common Cause, The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation, United for a Fair Economy, Public Campaign and author and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington will host shadow conventions to parallel the major party conventions to be held this summer in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. These shadow conventions will focus on three critical public-interest issues that the major political parties have failed to sufficiently address: campaign finance reform, poverty and the growing wealth gap, and the failed war on drugs.

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