imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

ON UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE

by Julieta Santagostino Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2008 at 6:39 PM
727-776-2548

In coordination with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Dennis Martinez, 1977 World Free-Style Skateboarding Champion, presented the screening of D.O.P.E (Death or Prison Eventually…”) at two skate parks in Tampa Bay on Friday June 27th. D.O.P. E. tracks the rise, fall and redemption of four major skateboard legends including Martinez.

ON UN INTERNATIONAL ...
photo1.jpg, image/jpeg, 1800x1200

In coordination with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Dennis Martinez, 1977 World Free-Style Skateboarding Champion, presented the screening of D.O.P.E (Death or Prison Eventually…”) at two skate parks in Tampa Bay on Friday June 27th. D.O.P. E. tracks the rise, fall and redemption of four major skateboard legends including Martinez.

Tampa, Florida - How do you explain to a young person, full of vitality, that the allure of drugs can lead to years of pain and hell? Just when you think that nothing can strike you down, a few moments of what seems like fun becomes a torturous decent into degradation, crime and misery. In 1977 Dennis Martinez was 16 years old and on top of the world – literally. He was the World Free-Style skateboarding champion. A star, making a six-figure income through his teens, he soon lost everything to drugs. On Friday, June 27th, Martinez, now a pastor at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Spring Valley, California, toured through the skate parks of Tampa Bay telling his story to dozens of teens who spend their weekends at the parks just like he used to do in his youth.

In coordination with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and to celebrate the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Dennis presented the screening of D.O.P.E (Death or Prison Eventually…”) at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center and Skatepark in Dunedin on Friday morning and at 688 Skatepark in Clearwater that evening. This film looks at four legendary world champion skateboarders, Jay Adams, Christian Hosoi, Dennis Martinez and Bruce Logan. It examines their rise to the top and their decent into the drug and crime culture and slow climb back to life. Rare archival footage and new interviews combine to explore the effect drug use has on society. The film also features narration by actor Danny Trejo, with a title song by P.O.D. and additional music by Switchfoot.

On Friday, Dennis also passionately addressed the kids about the harm that a drug-infuse life creates. He relayed his many near death experiences because of drugs and how he lost money, fame and friends and really hurt his family in the process. He has now become a pastor of a Christian Church and has his own faith- based residential rehab center in San Diego where he is helping many people get off drugs and get their life back.

At the end of the movie, Dennis had all the kids sign the Drug-Free Pledge. Representatives from the Foundation for a Drug Free World presented each teen with The Truth About Drugs booklet.

D.O.P.E. was an official selection at 10 film festivals, including the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL in March. It was the finalist of the New Jersey Film Festival. It is a valuable tool in fighting the misconceptions and allure that drugs may hold for some.

Julieta Santagostino, the president of the Florida chapter of the Foundation For a Drug Free World said, “We are honored to have had Mr. Martinez help us get the message out about the harmful effects of drugs to the youth of Tampa Bay. He is real and extremely effective in getting across to the youth that drugs destroy lives.”


Dedicated to drug education, the Foundation makes its Truth About Drugs series of booklets available to non-profit organizations free of charge. “When people have the facts, they can’t be fooled or lied to, and they will make positive decisions for their lives,” said Stephanie Bruneau, the Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life Program Coordinator for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater who uses the Foundation’s materials. To date, nearly 20 million Truth About Drugs booklets have been distributed in 22 languages around the world.


On the release of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime 2007 World Drug Report, the Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said, “The lives of at least one out of every 200 people in the world today are ruled by drugs.” He remarked that the world needs to change the way it looks at the drug problem and focus on defending people’s health. “It is a shared responsibility internationally,” he said.

For more information on the Foundation visit www.drugfreeworld.org and on the the movie visit www.dopethemovie.org.

(Photo caption: Dennis Martinez, 1977 World Champion Free-Style Skateboarder at 688 Skate Park in Clearwater with some teens. Martinez, in coordination with the Foundation for a Drug Free World, brought the movie D.O.P.E. to Tampa Bay to show how to avoid the pitfalls of the destructive drug culture.)

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

The Shortwave Report 04/06/18 Listen Globally! A05 4:25PM

Nicaraguas Conflic with native Peoples on the Caribbean Coast Near Bluefields in Decade80 A05 12:14PM

Millions Boycott The Sponsors Of Laura Ingraham A05 11:36AM

THE CONSERVATIVE THREAT A05 6:51AM

The US, the Dollar, IS and Saudi Arabia A05 3:34AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy