Archive for the 'War on Drugs' Category

Felony Friday 068 - Nazgol Ghandnoosh Asks: Do Violent Offenders Serve too Much Time?

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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On today's show host John Odermatt is joined by Nazgol Ghandnoosh from the The Sentencing Project. Nazgol studied Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles for graduate school. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Nazgol has worked as a researcher for the consulting firm Monitor Group and at Columbia University’s National Center for Children in Poverty. In Los Angeles, she contributed to “Ban the Box” reform efforts to enhance employment prospects for people with criminal records and worked on campaigns to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. Currently, Nazgol is a Research Analyst at The Sentencing Project, which is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and advocacy for criminal justice reform. She's on the show today to discuss her report titled: Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences.

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Electric Libertyland 16: With Heather Nixon of the Johnny Rocket Launchpad

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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On this week's Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams gives his take on Alex Jones playing a "character," the Atlanta Braves' new taxpayer abomination of a stadium and the current state of affairs in North Korea. He then welcomes in friend of the podcast and podcaster in her own right, Heather Nixon of the Johnny Rocket Launchpad.

Show notes at Lions of Liberty

Felony Friday 065 - Amy Povah from Convicted Conspirator to Clemency Crusader

Friday, March 31st, 2017
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Today the founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Amy Povah, joins Felony Friday to share her remarkable story. The CAN-DO Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates clemency for all non-violent drug offenders. When Amy was 28 years old, she was convicted on a conspiracy charge and received a 24 year sentence. She received such a harsh sentence due to the fact that she refused to cooperate with federal officials who were attempting to infiltrate her then husband's massive ecstasy distribution ring. Amy never stopped fighting for her freedom after imprisonment. She attracted the attention of several media outlets and started a massive letter writing campaign, which led seventeen members of the House and Senate to write letters in support of Amy’s clemency. Justice prevailed when President Clinton granted Amy’s clemency on July 7th, 2000 and she was set free.

After Amy was granted her freedom she immediately started fighting injustice in the criminal justice system. Amy founded the CAN-DO Foundation and advocated for clemency for many of the women that she served time with. The organization has expanded since then and played a significant role in creating the wave of pardons granted by President Barack Obama in the final months of his term. Presidential pardon recipient and Felony Friday guest Israel Torres received assistance and support from the CAN-DO Foundation. In fact, it was the  interview with Israel that got the attention of this outstanding organization and is the reason why we have today's incredible episode. 

You can find the show notes page >here<

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Submit any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App

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Electric Libertyland Ep 11: Matt Neal of MAPS Talks MDMA Therapy

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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On today's Electric Libertyland, Brian welcomes in fellow comedian and Board Member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Public Benefit Corporation, Matt Neal, to discuss the FDA's green light for phase 3 trials of MDMA to treat PTSD. 

Matt and Brian discuss the benefits of psychedelics in curing PTSD, depression and other health issues as well as some of the challenges medicine of this nature faces, primarily in battling public perceptions held from the decades of drug prohibition. 

286. Libertarians in Libraries (??) Drinking Liquor!

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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In today's episode, host Marc Clair gathers a crew of Liberty Lions (one of which is broadcasting from...a library?) to knock back a few adult beverages and take a deep dive into the mailbag to answer some Letters of Liberty! Marc is joined by Felony Friday host John "Odie" Odermatt, "The Godfather" Howie Snowdon, and our resident legal man of mystery, "Rico." 

So grab a drink, kick up your feet, and get Ready to ROAR!

For full show notes, head over to LionsOfLiberty.com/286.

Felony Friday 062 - Founder of Black Guns Matter Maj Toure is Empowering Urban Communities

Friday, March 10th, 2017
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On today's episode of Felony Friday Maj Toure joins host John Odermatt. Maj is a rapper and the founder of the pro-gun group Black Guns Matter. His group educates people in urban communities on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities through firearms training and education.

Maj shares the origin story of Black Guns Matter. He shares his vision for the group and outlines the education and firearms training Black Guns Matter offers. Maj explains why he believes his group has been able to relate to local communities, which has led to a really positive reception in all of the urban areas where Black Guns Matter has reached out. He also addresses some of the obstacles that stand in the way of progress and explains the attitude change that need to occur in urban areas in order to overcome these obstacles. 

You can find the show notes page >here<

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Submit any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App

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285. Roger Stone: Donald Trump “Orchestrated a Revolution”

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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In today's episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes Roger Stone back to the program to discuss his new book "The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution." Roger Stone was one of the very first guests on the Lions of Liberty podcast, having first appeared way back in episode 11 to talk about his book "The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ." Today, Roger and Marc discuss the Trump campaign from Roger's perspective as a Trump insider. 

In the show, you'll hear:

  • Roger ROARS against the accusation that Donald Trump and members of his staff are secretly agents of the Russian government, and ponders why U.S. intelligence agencies are seeminly at war with President Trump. 
  • Roger describes the first time he met Donald Trump, and what qualities he exhibited in that first meeting that translated to Trump's ability to become President. 
  • Marc and Roger delve into how libertarians should perceive Trump: will his administration be a friend or foe to advocates for individual liberty?
  • PLUS! Marc answers some more "Letters of Liberty" from listeners!

 

For full show notes, head over to LionsOfLiberty.com/285

Felony Friday 061 - Israel Torres Shares his Story: From Life Sentence to Presidential Commutation

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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On today's episode of Felony Friday Israel Torres joins the show to share what it was like to have his life sentence commuted by President Obama.

Israel was sentenced to life in prison at the age of twenty-one for a nonviolent drug offense. He thought he would be serving out his life sentence until President Obama commuted his sentence and granted Israel his freedom. Now that Israel has rejoined society he is contributing value and proving every day that non-violent drug offenders can do great things once given a chance to prove their worth on the outside.

A few months ago Israel appeared Michael Santos' Earning Freedom Podcast. Michael is a friend of the Lions of Liberty Podcast and was gracious enough to connect us with Israel to set up this interview today. This episode is a little longer than most. Make sure to listen to the entire show, because at the end host John Odermatt shares the reason why he brings so many non-violent drug offenders on the show and discusses the root cause of the violence associated with the war on drugs.

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
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Submit any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App

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Electric Libertyland Ep. 9: Trump Speech & Does 2A Protect “Military Style” Weapons?

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
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On today's episode of Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams gives a little extra love to our listeners to make up for last week's shortened show, taking on a variety of topics solo before welcoming in Lions of Liberty's touted legal expert "Rico" to break down the puzzling and infuriating decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that "military style" weaponry may not be owned by private citizens.

Other topics on today's lineup include: the Day Without a Woman Strike and the terrorists behind it, the Oscars, CPAC, Jewish cemetery vandalism, Trump's speech to Congress, French whining about their democratic system, and the confusing state of affairs regarding state's rights and marijuana.

Full show notes at Lions of Liberty

Felony Friday 060 - Cops Gone Wild in a Small Iowa Town

Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Today on Felony Friday Trey Weaver joins host John Odermatt to share stories of personal injustice he's experienced growing up in a small Iowa town. Trey is a libertarian and a dedicated listener of the Lions of Liberty Podcast. A few weeks ago Trey contacted the show to express an interest in sharing some unbelievable stories of profiling, targeting and entrapment that he experienced at the hands of a small town Iowa police force. In one story the police staked out Trey house until he put his trash can on the curb so they could go through his garbage and charge him with a minor marijuana offense. Trey's stories of injustice serve to remind us that so often the worst assault on individual liberty occurs at the local level.  

At the end of the show John weighs in on the news conveyed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the Department of Justice plans on enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized recreational marijuana.  

Check out Trey Weaver's Facebook page for his new podcast the Subversion Webcast!

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive!

Submit any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App

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