How The Purple Hatter’s Ball Uses Music To Fight Against The War On Drugs

first_imgThis Friday marks the 45th anniversary of one of the most controversial and criticized crime-reduction policies in our nation’s history. On June 17, 1971 Richard Nixon’s administration published a special message from the President to the Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control declaring drug abuse as “public enemy number one” in the U.S. The message included language about devoting more federal resources to this cause, in the hopes of “prevention of new addicts, and the rehabilitation of those who are addicted.” While that goal seemed to be born of the noble intentions, the resulting policy, widely known as the “War on Drugs,” has played out less as a strategy to protect people from the perils of substance abuse and more as a witch hunt, vilifying any connection to drugs and lumping minor offenders in with serious criminals. In addition to costing the U.S. roughly $51 billion annually to maintain, the War on Drugs leans heavily on the cooperation of confidential informants. Law enforcement recruits these informants by leveraging their own (often minor) drug offenses to compel them to cooperate. While acting as an informant is often portrayed to minor drug offenders as a path toward retribution and reduction of punishments, the glaring reality remains that these practices frequently thrust largely defenseless, unaware young offenders into dangerous circumstances. “Today’s drug war involves a countless number of confidential informants – many of which are young people who are busted for a small amount of drugs and then coerced into making much higher-level deals, putting them in very dangerous situations” says Derek Rosenfeld of the Drug Policy Alliance. The DPA, the leading organization in the U.S. working on alternatives to the Drug War, has spent years fighting for more sensible drug abuse prevention policies. As the DPA’s Tony Newman explains, “There are so many sick aspects of the failed drug war, but law enforcement forcing people with a drug arrest to choose between a draconian prison sentence or becoming an informant is one of the most nauseating.”Beginning with an “Action Day” pre-party today and running through Sunday, The Purple Hatter’s Ball at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL this weekend aims to call attention to one such case—the tragic story of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. After being arrested for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, Hoffman, a 23-year-old FSU graduate, was compelled to participate in a large-scale buy-bust operation involving 1,500 ecstasy pills, 2 ounces of cocaine, a handgun, and $13,000 cash. The deal went south, and Hoffman was murdered in the process. In her memory, the Purple Hatter’s Ball seeks to increase awareness of ongoing miscarriages of justice under the umbrella of the War on Drugs, inspire reform to drug-related policies like the Confidential Informant Law, and inspire people to lead healthier, safer lives in the live music community and beyond.How One Mother Turned Tragedy Into Triumph: The Rachel Morningstar Hoffman StoryFor more information on Rachel Morningstar Hoffman and the Purple Hatter’s Ball, visit the festival’s website.last_img read more

Bosnich wants Ferguson meeting

first_img Press Association Mark Bosnich intends to seek out Sir Alex Ferguson in Australia later this month to challenge him over the Scot’s assessment of his second stint at Old Trafford. “Mark got off to a really bad start,” said the Scot. “He turned up three hours late for his first day’s training and he was overweight.” Bosnich, who now works as a TV pundit in Australia, has not been impressed by the comments. And amid speculation Ferguson will head Down Under to watch the Melbourne Cup next month, the former Aston Villa keeper would relish the chance to set the record straight. “I’ll definitely go down there if he is down there and ask to see him,” Bosnich told talkSPORT. “I’m going to tell him straight to his face and I’ll ask him to repeat [his criticism] and then I will tell him exactly what I want to say and you guys can all read about it, like you read his book. “Sir Alex is entitled to his versions of events as I will be entitled to my right to reply at the appropriate time.” Bosnich added in his column on Fox Sports: “He referenced a period of my career when I returned to training overweight. “That’s true. I usually returned two kilograms overweight and on this occasion I was two and a half.” center_img Bosnich, who had spent time at Manchester United as a youngster, was Ferguson’s choice to replace Peter Schmeichel in 1999, but the move did not work out. In ‘My Autobiography’, Ferguson labelled Bosnich “a terrible professional” and went even further in his press conference. last_img read more

Church’s, NCN, Smoke Shack on board iBet Supreme’s FIFA20 ‘League of Champions’

first_img… Over $100 000, 2 dwt of gold and other prizes up for grabsTHE highly-anticipated FIFA20 eSports tournament ‘League of Champions’, which is being hosted by iBet Supreme, has received a tremendous boost through additional sponsors who have joined the team. This means that more prizes will be there for the taking as 32 contestants will go head-to-head through online clashes on eight playing days across two weeks.Local grill, The Smoke Shack, will be providing a trophy for the winner while A&A Game Spot has put up two pennyweight (dwt) of gold as an additional incentive for the outright winner. Camex Restaurants, through their Church’s Chicken franchise, will also be supplying meals for the top three finishers in the tournament.Meanwhile, television and radio broadcasting giant, the National Communication Network, will be playing their supporting role with a live broadcast of the semi-finals and final of the tournament.In addition to a trophy, a special meal package from Church’s and two dwt of gold, the winner will pocket $50 000 and a case of Monster Energy drinks while the runner-up will receive $25 000 and the same prizes as the winner (excluding a trophy and the gold). Third place will also walk away with $15 000 and the corresponding prizes.The initiative was launched as a means of helping to enforce the fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19. Through this tournament iBet Supreme is looking to provide entertainment while reinforcing the necessary measures needed as part of its corporate responsibility.The ‘League of Champions’ will be played online so that participants won’t have to leave their homes, thus adhering to the laws governing the current COVID-19 situation.The criteria for interested persons are as follows: provision of name, address, date of birth (must be 18 or older), PSN ID, Internet Connection Type, team to be played with (no international teams, strictly club team to be used throughout the entirety of the tournament).Registration is already open and for additional tournament information gamers are being encouraged to call 608-7036.  The first match day is set for Saturday, April 18, 2020.Supreme Ventures, a well-respected and well-regulated company, operates its Guyanese brand, iBet Supreme, through Supreme Ventures Guyana Holdings Inc. (SVGH) and Supreme Ventures Enterprise Inc. (SVE).last_img read more

MSOC : SU offense hopes to break through against Marquette

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected]center_img Potential wins have turned into losses with the Syracuse men’s soccer team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities into goals. It’s the reason why the team is 2-4 so far in 2011. Goals haven’t come easy.Take Sunday’s game against then-No. 16 New Mexico. SU had a breakaway going between Dan Summers, Mark Brode and Nick Roydhouse. Summers sent it to Brode, who passed it to Roydhouse. But Roydhouse’s shot went over the goal.‘If we put that in, that’s the difference between winning and losing,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It’s just a little tweak that’s going to win us games.’Roydhouse’s high shot and the team’s struggles to put shots in the back of the net are a focus of the offense as SU (2-4, 0-0 Big East) prepares to open its conference season against Marquette (2-4-1, 0-0 Big East) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.In a lot of ways Syracuse and Marquette are similar. The Golden Eagles, like the Orange, have only scored more than one goal in a game twice this season. And both sides are coming off well-played weekend games, though their offenses still struggled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite losing two games last weekend, Syracuse played quality soccer against Cal Poly and New Mexico. Marquette tied Michigan State and beat Michigan, a team that made the College Cup last year.With both teams finding it difficult to score with any type of consistency, whichever side can squeak out two goals on Saturday could very well leave with a win. And for SU, it’s all about finishing off those scoring opportunities that it has been able to create.‘We’re creating a lot of chances,’ Roydhouse said. ‘We have to be a little bit more composed in front of the goal. Often we try to force it a little bit and we have a lot more time than we think we do.’Forward Louis Clark has experienced the Orange’s frustration to put goals on the board on a personal level. Of the 11 shots he’s taken this season, only one found the back of the net.And his lone success was on a rebound.At home against American on Sept. 11, Clark sent a strike toward the goal, saw it bounce off the Eagles goalkeeper and quickly shot again to score. It’s situations like those that SU will need to create if it hopes to beat Marquette and get off on the right foot in Big East play.‘Sometimes you go a few games without scoring,’ Clark said. ‘You just have to have a bad memory, forget about it and next time you’re out there they should hit the back of the net.’With the defense holding its own, Roydhouse knows the offense must do its job up front for the team to win games. And he’s trying. He leads SU with five points and two goals, with the team’s result often depending on his play alone.To SU head coach Ian McIntyre, Roydhouse’s energy and enthusiasm on the field also help keep the offense rolling. His demeanor will give the Orange multiple chances to score against a Marquette team that hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game this season, McIntyre said.‘We know we’re going to have our hands full,’ McIntyre said. ‘(Roydhouse) is an important part of what we do, and scoring goals and creating scoring opportunities, that’s what he’s out there for.’Against Cal Poly last weekend, Roydhouse nearly let another scoring opportunity get away from him. Down 2-0, he shot the ball and it bounced off the goalkeeper. But like Clark in the American game, he pursued his own rebound and scored.The games against Cal Poly and New Mexico proved Syracuse is capable of generating offensive firepower. It just has to convert those scoring opportunities. And after those games, Roydhouse knows the team can score more the question is when.‘What it really did was it gave the team a sense of belief of how good we actually were,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Now we know we can play with the best teams in the country and going into the Big East, we’re really confident.’[email protected]last_img read more