Dear LEAP Family and Friends:

LEAP car

This past month has been an incredible journey for drug policy reformers. The Caravan for Peace – a group of Mexican and U.S.-based drug war victims, law enforcers and others with first-hand experience in the failed war on drugs – traveled across the United States in thirty days to call attention to the devastation caused by drug prohibition and the futility of continuing this unwinnable war.

As the caravan came to an end on September 12, those of us lucky enough to have been a part of the LEAP escort car leading the way reflected on our travels, and I thought once again about how lucky I am to be a part of an organization with such profoundly dedicated volunteers. On this trip, one individual stood out in particular, to such an extent that I must salute him here: Dean Becker, a LEAP speaker and former Air Force security police officer from Houston, Texas, traveled every one of the 6,000 miles of the Caravan for Peace in our LEAP vehicle. Dean, the host of Drug Truth Radio Network, reported from the road, giving all of us who couldn’t be there for the entire journey a look at the incredible experience of being a part of drug reform history. From all of us at LEAP, thank you, Dean, for taking the time to make this trip.

I’d also like to thank Steve Downing, a LEAP speaker and retired LAPD deputy chief, and Sam Sabzehzar, a documentarian who filmed the Caravan for Peace from the LEAP car. Their hard work was crucial to the caravan’s success. We are truly lucky to have all of you as part of the LEAP family.

Thank you,

Neill Franklin
Executive Director
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition