The four founding members of FED-UP.
David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson is an Associate Professor of
Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a Research Fellow
with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He has written on both the
economics and civil liberties aspects on the U.S. drug war. His past
publication on the issue includes, “A Humane Economist’s Case for Drug
Legalization,” published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, 1991, and
“Supporting the Drug War Supports Terrorists,” Hoover Weekly essay, May 20,
Author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey, 2002, David is one of the founding
members and the Treasurer of FED-UP. He earned his Bachelor of Science with a
major in Mathematics from the University of Winnipeg and his Ph.D. in economics
from UCLA. He is the editor of The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics, 1993 and
2005/06. David coaches youth basketball for the Pacific Grove Recreation
L.K. Samuels is chairman of the Foundation to End
Drug Unfairness Policies (FED-UP) an anti-drug war organization active in the Monterey Peninsula area. Through education, FED-UP is attempting to show how -- under the
unified field theory of freedom -- all liberties suffer when one is assaulted.
The drug war has allowed local, state and federal government to confiscate
private property without due process of law. Drug laws are responsible for destroying
privacy by allowing government agencies to spy on citizens as well as
scrutinize citizens’ financial information without authorization.
Lawrence is a
full-time Realtor who lives in Carmel Valley. He has been active in many
organizations. For five years, he was the manager and co-manager of the Future
of Freedom Conferences, which were held at various colleges in Southern California in the 1980's. He also managed the "Freeland" conference
series for three years. A former owner of a graphics company in Santa Ana, California, he became one of the founders and later the president of Rampart
Institute, which was based on Robert LeFevre's Freedom School in Colorado. He edited the quarterly journal Rampart Individualist and other publications.
He wrote guest editorials for the Orange County Register and was the
editor and a contributing author of the paperback anthology Facets of Liberty. He is president of FREEDOM WATCH and heads the local supper club in Seaside known as the Sam Adams Forum.
He has recently completed a historical novel about 17th
Century Ireland, which won "Honorable Mention" at the East of Eden
Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. He has also completed a science
fiction comedy screenplay. He is a member of the California Writers Club.
Lawrence has a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial art from California State University at Fullerton, with a minor in journalism
The Vice-Chair of FED-UP, Tom has long been active in
the movement to reform the criminal justice system. Son and grandson of two
judges, he recognizes the need to balance the prevention of criminal behavior,
on one hand, with the need to protect offenders from overly-severe punishment
on the other. From 1996 to 2000 he was a member of the Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS). As a member of FACTS, Tom lectured widely and wrote
“op-ed” pieces in an effort to amend the law to apply only to violent
Tom now does volunteer work as a mediator with the Victim Offender Reconciliation
Program (VORP), an organization that works with the Monterey County juvenile probation department. He is also a meteorologist, having earned his Masters
degree in geography from California State University, Northridge and his
Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine
Rose Bruno is one of the four founding leaders of FED-UP. A mother of five, she has been
active in defending the rights of youth and, more generally, freedom in America. For the last 19 years, she has owned and operated a local landscape design and
installation business, Terra Bella.
Rose has spoken
at many public forums, including city councils, on issues concerning hemp and
medical marijuana. She has also spoken frequently to high school civics classes
on those issues. Rose has been active in the marijuana legalization movement
for more than 12 years. In 1993, she persuaded the mayor of Hilo, Hawaii, to reduce the restrictions on growing hemp on the main island as a way of helping
farm workers whose jobs and livelihoods were decimated by the decline of the
One of Rose’s major messages is the concept of self-ownership: that all adults have the right
to choose the type of medicine they wish to take. Further, she contends that
many widely available prescription drugs have potentially dangerous side
effects which cause over 100,000 deaths per year -- death from “correct drug
use” -- as reported by the American Medical Association. In stark contrast,
there has been no confirmed case of human death from cannabis poisoning.