By LEAP (LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION)
Between August 12 and September 12, 2012, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement officials who, after seeing firsthand the harms of the war on drugs, now advocate for its end, accompanied Javier Sicilia’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity from the Mexican border, through 27 U.S. cities, to Washington D.C.
Representing the 70,000 murdered and tens of thousands disappeared in Mexico since 2006, LEAP and 110 mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and other survivors, all victims of the war on drugs, undertook this mission to create a dialogue with the American public, with whom they shared their stories of suffering and pain throughout their journey.
LEAP’s mission was to supplement the victims’ testimony with law enforcement voices bearing personal witness to the harms and wasteful futility of the War on Drugs here in the United States.
Medical Marijuana 411 joined with LEAP journalist Dean Becker and other journalists from Mexico and around the world to document the emotional testimonies of the victims and police throughout the 27-city tour, shooting more than 500 hours of unedited video.
Why We Need You
We have the film. We have the story. You have the funds to help us edit, translate, score and finish a documentary that will draw attention to the grief caused by the war on drugs around the world.
The war on drugs is the most critical policy issue of our time, but many companies, institutions and individuals do not feel compelled or safe supporting it.
The purpose of this campaign is to finalize a film whose focus is the evolving self-concept of a population who have been disproportionately impacted by particular policies.
The film captures a unique cross-cultural moment in which representatives of more privileged populations work in atypical concert with those who have suffered from those policies.
It is an attempt to highlight cultural imperatives and modes of expression that emerge during this cross-national drive. Once this project is complete, we will take the film around the country and screen it to get our message out there and make the case for people to rethink this devastating and ineffective policy.