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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!

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 Speech by Rabbi Michael Lerner
"One thing that we spiritual people like to do is sing. So what I want to ask you to do is, get up and stretch for a second, and while we're stretching we'll sing a song together."

Shadow Speech by Stewart Smalley
"I think pretty much everyone should be in a 12-Step program, but especially people who, you know, are addicted to substances or other people or whatever, food or alcohol especially, which is, uh, hideous. It gives you tools, 12-Step programs. For example, it teaches addicts Ė Iím an addict; Iím a food addict and a people addict Ė it teaches you things like 'It is easier to put on slippers than it is to carpet the entire world.'"
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Shadow Speech by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerryís
"When I come out, it is usually time for dessert. Most of you know me as kind of an ice cream guy, but Iím here tonight as the president of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. Itís a group of over six hundred business leaders across the country, including the chairman or CEO of Philips, Van Heusen, Kodak, Hasbro, Stride-Rite, Goldman Sachs, and Visa Card International. We are concerned that our nations spending priorities are way out of whack."

Shadow Speech by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA)
"Iím delighted to be here at this convention; the truth be told I canít think of a better time to talk about campaign finance reform than the convention season. Itís interesting, many of you may think it must be great to be a member of congress and be at a convention; all the perks and all of that."

Shadow Speech by Governor Gary Johnson (R-NM)
"Now, you need to understand and I understand that a lot of people would argue that I do any good whatsoever as governor, but in my heart, thatís what Iím engaged in every single day and this is what I have hoped to do with my life. So, I am trying the darnest to make the most out of this opportunity. And where I come from on this issue initially and it isnít just me, itís every single governor in this country, half of what we spend on law enforcement, half of what we spend on the courts and half of what we spend on the prisons is drug related."

Shadow Speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
"In my own state, California ranks #1 in the incarceration of drug offenders. Nearly half of all drug offenders imprisoned in California last year, were imprisoned for simple possession of drugs. In New York, 91% of those imprisoned last year for drug offences were locked up for possession of one of the states three lowest level drug offenses. Despite these bleak numbers, there were efforts to stop the madness surrounding the so-called war on drugs."

Rapid Response Panel Tuesday 8/15/00
"Welcome to our first full rapid response panel. For those of you who were here yesterday, as you know, we had to take it to the streets. And as soon as our panel started in the streets, about a hundred LAPD riot police arrived to protect the L.A. citizens from Gore Vidal and Norm Ornstein."

Shadow Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
"The power is not in the ticket. The power is in the picket. When we march and fight, we always win. We have to march together. "
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Shadow Speech by Speech by Granny D (Doris Haddock)
"The great struggle of the twenty-first century is underway. All things of human and natural scale; democracy, individual freedom, the healthy earth itself, now is in a struggle for survival against oversized public and private institutions that threaten the position of the individual and the health of the earth through the relentless, rapacious march of unregulated, unfenceable greed."

Shadow Speech by David Crosby
"Remember Ghandi. Remember this little man. Heís a little prune of a man, [applause] wrapped in a bedsheet. Didnít have two nickels to rub together, stopped the British Empire in its tracks!"

Shadow Speech by Charles Rangel
"My brothers and my sisters, let me thank you for the political courage that it takes for you, day after day, to stick with those beliefs that you have ­ notwithstanding sometimes the cross you have to bear and the lack of popularity."

Shadow Speech Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins
"WeĻre so happy to be here. This is what democracy looks like! There are over 3,000 people serving life sentences under the Three Strikes law for minor offences. These are just a few of those cases. None of these people committed acts of violence against any other than themselves. "

Shadow Speech by Cornel West
"I tell you, I was in many ways excited about the appointment of Senator Brother Joe Lieberman because a blow against bigotry is an advancement for humanity. Jewish brothers and sisters have been a hated people and a haunted people. But if we had a Jewish brother like Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) on the ticket, thatís what we talking about. [wild applause]"

Shadow Speech by Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
"I want to thank everybody here, for taking time out of your lives and giving it to this Shadow Convention, giving it to good public policy, giving it to good politics, giving it to making our country better, our world better, for more integrity, for more justice for people."

Shadow Speech by Bill Maher
"I don't think it's any coincidence that the two guys running are the two best fundraisers. You've got Grandmaster Cash over on the Democratic side, and you've got George Bush, who - I mean, if you'd been running around the country as much as he has getting money, you'd take cocaine, too!"

Rapid Response Panel Monday 8/14/00
"Do you imagine . . . if they thought there was one [bomb?] within one mile of their corporate sponsors up the road that they would have cleared it and moved on by now? I think we know the answer to that, too. "

Shadow Speech by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)
"Why is it that a guy can be an ultra-conservative all his life and do one damn decent thing, and everybody says, "oh, isnít it wonderful? He did that one thing, remember?" And then . . . well."

Shadow Speech by Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA)
"These Shadow Conventions were created with three purposes in mind: to discuss the corrupting influence of money in politics, to raise the awareness of poverty and inequality, and have the courage to admit what neither party will Ė that the nationís Drug War has been a failure. Thereís something else that applies to all three, and thatís healing Ė a healing that can begin here in California, a healing thatís necessary in the wake of Prop. 187. Yes, I am speaking to Hispanics and African Americans and Native Americans and people of all colors who canít buy their way into the convention halls. Iím talking about economic fairness and social justice, and Iím challenging us all to demand more of our leaders."

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 Goreís convention themes (and we promise not to borrow anything else): 'You Ainít Seen Nothing Yet'."

Granny D Speaks out on Campaign Finance Reform
"Friends, we are at that difficult time when we try to decide whether to support candidates who may not represent all our reform goals, but who may have a chance of winning and representing at least some of our goals."


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