July 30 to August 3
The Annenberg Center - 3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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.

Speech by Eric Sterling in Philadelphia
What America has been doing to fight drugs is a monumental failure, and the American people know that.

CSMonitor.com: The 'Shadow' Knows
"It's a mix you'd think is doomed to fail, but somehow it succeeds despite itself perhaps simply out of novelty. I defy anyone to find another convention that would feature Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM), Jesse Jackson, and comedian Al Franken (in the character of alter-ego Stuart Smalley) as speakers - all in the same morning."

Shadow Convention Takes Philly, Now On To Los Angeles!!!
Philadelphia - The Final Gavel Has Fallen On The First Ever Shadow Convention, And The Early Returns Are In. With 50 Percent Of The Host Cities Reporting, Attendees, Participants, And Press Have Declared It A Winner. With A Big Post-Convention Bump, The Shadow Now Moves On To The West Coast.

Thursday Video Highlights Available
Come visit the indexed video transcript for all the Thursday festivities. You can view the event from the begining or you may go directly to your favorite speaker!

Wednesday Audio & Video Highlights Available
Come visit the complete audio transcript and the indexed video transcript for all the Wednesday festivities. You can view the event from the begining or you may go directly to your favorite speaker!

Tuesday Video Highlights Available
Come visit the complete audio transcript and the indexed video transcript for all the Tuesday festivities. You can view the event from the begining or you may go directly to your favorite speaker!

Let's Talk: Teens Talk About Drugs
Intimate video interview of an assortment of teenagers and their truthful and daring portrayal of their opinions and experiences of illicite drugs

Shadow Convention Targets Poverty and the Wealth Gab in Wednesday Session
Following the smashing success of today's session on drug policy, the Shadow Convention tomorrow targets the alarming wealth gap of the new economy and the persistence of poverty in the midst of prosperity. The session, in Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center at 3680 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, begins Wednesday at 10 AM.

Ben Cohen and ChuckD to Engage in Shadow Convention "Culture Jam"
Starting at 10:30 PM Wednesday night, Ben Cohen will join Chuck D and his new group, Confrontation Camp, for a blend of performance that will surely be memorable. If you thought Warren Beatty -- who will appear at Shadow Convention L.A. -- rapping in "Bulworth" was a sight to see, wait till you catch Ben Cohen with Chuck D in the Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

Shadow Convention Focus Turns Tuesday to the Failed War on Drugs
A full schedule of speakers, panels, and cultural events kicks off at 10 AM at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center at 3680 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

Shadow Convention Continues With Calls For Reform, Stories From Victims of Big Money Politics
Introducing a panel discussion by victims of the current money-dominated political system, Common Cause President and former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger stated: "Big money in politics has real victims, now we will show you some of the faces behind the numbers."

Monday Video & Audio Highlights Available
Come visit the indexed video transcript for all the Monday festivities. You can view the event from the begining or you may go directly to your favorite speaker!

Shadow Convention Confused With Comedy Central
Using identical language, conservative commentators Bob Novak and Tony Snow today reported on CNN and Fox News, respectively, that the Shadow Convention is organized by Comedy Central.

Shadow Convention Features Three "Urban Recovery" Tours
Dramatizing the need for increased national attention and federal support to combat poverty and inner city decline, Shadow Conventions 2000 is sponsoring three "Urban Recovery" Tours departing the Annenberg Center (37th and Walnut) at 2:00 PM on July 31st, August 1st, and August 2nd. They will offer first-hand views of what Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey; and Chester, Pa. are doing with federal support to create jobs and rebuild neighborhoods for low-income residents.

Music and Culture at the Shadow Conventions
In addition to our array of leading politicians, policy-makers, researchers, activists and comedians, the Shadow Conventions are sponsoring a series of "Culture Jams" that will bring together leading artists, along with young activists, writers and scholars, in performance and dialog on our three core issues. The jams are specifically geared to young people and their concerns and ideas; the conversations they produce will help us understand how better to educate and motivate young people to become politically conscious and engaged, and how through them we can transform our larger culture and society.

Paper the Town
Download our new flier inviting the neighborhood to the Shadow Conventions in Philadelphia. Help us get the word out: print it and post it!

Volunteer Tasks
The Philadelphia Shadow Convention team has posted a list of volunteer needs. There are many ways in which Shadow Convention Volunteers can contribute to making the convention a success. They may work as On-Site Volunteers, Office Volunteers, Community Outreach Volunteers, or Media Outreach Volunteers.

Spread the News Online
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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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