FED-UP Speakers Bureau
The people listed below are available to speak in public about the dangers of the drug war. Contact L.K. Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation to End Drug Unfairness Policies (FED-UP) is dedicated to ending the war on drugs. This war is deeply damaging and undercutting to the liberties of a so-called free society. The government confiscates private property often without due process; harasses peaceful citizens on the streets; incarcerates violators often longer than convicted murderers; and pursues military action against drug users in other countries in ways that harm foreign societies while damaging the reputation of the United States.
Through education, FED-UP is attempting to show how – under the unified field theory of freedom – all liberties suffer when one is assaulted. The drug war has allowed local, state and federal government to place ever-increasing controls on it citizens who only wish to live peaceful lives as they see fit. The drug war and it laws are responsible for destroying privacy, individual freedom and property rights. It is time to end this war on freedom.
David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He has written on both the economics and civil liberties aspects on the U.S. drug war. His past publication on the issue includes, “A Humane Economist’s Case for Drug Legalization,” published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, 1991, and “Supporting the Drug War Supports Terrorists,” Hoover Weekly essay, May 20, 2002.
Author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey, 2002, David is one of the founding members and the Treasurer of FED-UP. He earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics from the University of Winnipeg and his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. He is the editor of The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics, 1993 and 2005/06. David coaches youth basketball for the Pacific Grove Recreation Department.
L.K. Samuels is chairman of the Foundation to End Drug Unfairness Policies (FED-UP) an anti-drug war organization active in the Monterey Peninsula area. Through education, FED-UP is attempting to show how -- under the unified field theory of freedom -- all liberties suffer when one is assaulted. The drug war has allowed local, state and federal government to confiscate private property without due process of law. Drug laws are responsible for destroying privacy by allowing government agencies to spy on citizens as well as scrutinize citizens’ financial information without authorization.
Lawrence is a full-time Realtor who lives in Carmel Valley. He has been active in many organizations. For five years, he was the manager and co-manager of the Future of Freedom Conferences, which were held at various colleges in Southern California in the 1980's. He also managed the "Freeland" conference series for three years. A former owner of a graphics company in Santa Ana, California, he became one of the founders and later the president of Rampart Institute, which was based on Robert LeFevre's Freedom School in Colorado. He edited the quarterly journal Rampart Individualist and other publications. He wrote guest editorials for the Orange County Register and was the editor and a contributing author of the paperback anthology Facets of Liberty. He is president of FREEDOM WATCH and heads the local supper club in Seaside known as the Sam Adams Forum.
He has recently completed a historical novel about 17th Century Ireland, which won "Honorable Mention" at the East of Eden Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. He has also completed a science fiction comedy screenplay. He is a member of the California Writers Club.
Lawrence has a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial art from California State University at Fullerton, with a minor in journalism
The Vice-Chair of FED-UP, Tom has long been active in the movement to reform the criminal justice system. Son and grandson of two judges, he recognizes the need to balance the prevention of criminal behavior, on one hand, with the need to protect offenders from overly-severe punishment on the other. From 1996 to 2000 he was a member of the Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS). As a member of FACTS, Tom lectured widely and wrote “op-ed” pieces in an effort to amend the law to apply only to violent offenders.
Tom now does volunteer work as a mediator with the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), an organization that works with the Monterey County juvenile probation department. He is also a meteorologist, having earned his Masters degree in geography from California State University, Northridge and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine
Rose Bruno is one of the four founding leaders of FED-UP. A mother of five, she has been active in defending the rights of youth and, more generally, freedom in America. For the last 19 years, she has owned and operated a local landscape design and installation business, Terra Bella.
Rose has spoken at many public forums, including city councils, on issues concerning hemp and medical marijuana. She has also spoken frequently to high school civics classes on those issues. Rose has been active in the marijuana legalization movement for more than 12 years. In 1993, she persuaded the mayor of Hilo, Hawaii, to reduce the restrictions on growing hemp on the main island as a way of helping farm workers whose jobs and livelihoods were decimated by the decline of the sugar industry.
One of Rose’s major messages is the concept of self-ownership: that all adults have the right to choose the type of medicine they wish to take. Further, she contends that many widely available prescription drugs have potentially dangerous side effects which cause over 100,000 deaths per year -- death from “correct drug use” -- as reported by the American Medical Association. In stark contrast, there has been no confirmed case of human death from cannabis poisoning.
Brad Naegle is a lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He was previously in the U.S. Army, having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired in 2000. Brad was also a police officer in Ogden, Utah, from 1975 to 1977. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics at Weber State University in 1977 and his Masters in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994. His experiences as a police officer and Army officer, combined with his understanding of economics and government that he picked up in college and in graduate school, have led him to question the drug war. Brad also has been a volunteer with Pacific Grove’s youth sports program since 1997.