Drug war debate at Coffee Talks

Drug war debate at Coffee Talks


“Ending the War on Drugs,” a debate, will be the subject of a Coffee Talk to be held 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford.

Special guest will be Clifford Thornton, president of Efficacy, a nonprofit organization that advocates peaceful responses to social problems. Their current project is to promote open discussion of alternatives to the “War on Drugs.” Efficacy began as a public affairs radio program on WWUH (University of Hartford), hosted by Thornton and his wife in 1996.

Thornton is from Hartford, Ct. He is an Army veteran, a graduate of Teikyo Post University and is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy at Trinity College in Hartford. Efficacy has trained several college interns in recent years who have gone into minority communities to teach the truth about the drug war. Thornton is on the board of NORML (National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws), the international grant committee for the Lindesmith/Drug Policy Foundation, and other community-minded organizations. He has been teaching a graduate course at Trinity College entitled “Illegal Drugs and Public Policy.”

Thornton will debate (so far) two as of yet unnamed opponents. People of opposing viewpoints are invited to attend and will be allowed time to make a formal presentation. If possible, please call before hand. All are welcome! For more information, call Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111.

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