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2019 Arizona Freedom Summit Feb 8th/9th, 2019 - ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoeni

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Arizona Freedom Summit – Where the Great Minds of Liberty Come Together. The Attorneys For Freedom Law Firm and The ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law will be hosting the 2019 Arizona Freedom Summit. Please join us for a great weekend of liberty-minded discussions with fellow libertarian and voluntarists.

Arizona Freedom Summit

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2019 Arizona Freedom Summit

February 8th & 9th

LOCATION: Beus Center for Law and Society | 111 E. Taylor Street Phoenix AZ | Room 544

The Freedom Summit is an annual seminar dedicated to promoting and advancing human freedom. To that end, the Freedom Summit offers speakers who have demonstrated their effectiveness in presenting the intellectual case for freedom. The next Freedom Summit will be held on February 8th and 9th, 2019 at The ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Freedom Summit offers a highly distinguished assortment of the best, brightest and most entertaining people in the freedom movement today. The Freedom Summit is an annual update on the current status of freedom in our world from several varied perspectives. Rather than seek to present either an optimistic or pessimistic outlook, the Freedom Summit strives to present an honest and straightforward assessment of the current status of our freedom.

Socialism and other coercive centralized planning schemes have failed to improve and indeed worsened, the human condition. As such, the Freedom Summit does not encourage or promote any particular centralized plan to achieve freedom. Rather, the Freedom Summit encourages individuals to promote freedom in non-coercive ways which are best suited to their individual talents.

The Freedom Summit is a forum for the vigorous and peaceful exchange of ideas about how humans ought to interact with each other. People recently introduced to the concepts of freedom as well as lifelong supporters of freedom are encouraged to attend. Additionally, those who support a coercive government are also welcome to attend; and examine their views in light of the ideas and arguments presented.

Past speakers have included: Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Jeffrey Tucker, Walter Block, George H. Smith, Louis James, L. Neil Smith, Sharon Harris, Jacob Hornberger, Don Boudreaux, Vin Suprynowicz, and many others. Also, please visit our speaker's page to see a list of this year's speakers. Past speakers are listed here.

Freedom Summit Speakers

Richard Boddie

Keynote Speaker Richard Boddie

Topic: No Respect!

Freedom Summit Speakers

2019 Freedom Summit Speakers

richard boddie

Richard Boddie 

Richard Benjamin Boddie, Esq. THE Black Libertarian Since 1983 – Judeo Christian epicurean existentialist zen agnostic, and anarcho-capitalist voluntaryist libertarian ideologue, just looking for a few others…

Richard describes himself as an 'Aframerican individualist' and 'secular evangelist.' Mr. Boddie is a 'people person' who can transmit people skills to others. His charisma, personality, background, life experience, and vision establish the foundation of his mission: 'To teach and share the ideals and ideas of individual achievement and individual liberty with others – every day, for the rest of my life.'

-Highest vote getter ever in Libertarian Party History for U.S. Senate

-Current Chairman of Orange County Libertarian Party (Region 40 of the California Libertarian Party).

-Executive Director, Focus PAC

-Executive Director & Founder, Socially Tolerant Caucus of the Libertarian Party

-President and Founder, The Motivators motivational speakers bureau."

Topic: No Respect!

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colin campbell

Dr. Colin Campbell 

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research for decades. Dr. Campbell's expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology".

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over KnivesEating You AliveFood MattersPlantPure Nation, and others. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

Topic: Why Is The Most Powerful Medical Specialty So Confusing For The Public and So Ignored By The Professionals?

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jennifer grossman

Jennifer Grossman

Jennifer Anju Grossman, a former Senior Vice President at Dole Food Company, became the CEO of the Atlas Society on March 1st, 2016.

Jennifer Grossman has spent decades helping people to live freer, healthier lives. She launched the Dole Nutrition Institute — a research and education organization — at the behest of Dole Chairman David H. Murdock. She continued this agenda as Health Editor of Laura Ingraham's new lifestyle site, LifeZette.

Previously Grossman served as Director of Education at the Cato Institute and worked closely with the late philanthropist Theodore J. Forstmann to launch the Children's Scholarship Fund. A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Grossman has written for both national and local publications.

Topic: Date the Atlas, not the Shrug: Objectivism and Romance

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maj toure

Second Amendment Activist Maj Toure

Maj Toure is a Solutionary Hip Hop artist turned 2nd Amendment activist from North Philly. His following began after he was featured on the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly as "the Prophet of Philadelphia." He founded the Black Guns Matter movement in 2015 and advocates for 2nd amendment education and information for urban communities. Maj has been featured in the New York Times, Breitbart News, National Public Radio, Fox News, CNN, and NRANews for his out of the box approach to 2nd amendment advocacy. Maj is on a 50 states tour educating urban Americans on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities.

Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, presents a highly interactive session on the misconceptions, myths, and successes of engaging urban communities in the 2nd amendment fight. Maj will share lessons he's learning hosting the 50 States Firearm Education Tour, take questions from the audience on engaging urban communities, and explain how companies and organizations can support the Black Guns Matter movement.

Topic: All Gun Control Is Racist

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Robert Hockensmith

Robert (Bob) Hockensmith is the President of Robert F Hockensmith, CPA, PC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm. He prepares financial statements, offers payroll services, tax return planning & preparation, litigation support, and financial advice to the public. He presently teaches at the University of Phoenix for the School of Business and has been a contributor to the Phoenix Faculty Magazine. He can be seen regularly, as a financial subject matter expert for NBC, CBS and ABC TV, in Phoenix; broadcasting financial, economic and tax topics to the public. He often presents Tax topics to both accountants and attorneys at the Arizona Society of CPA's. He has finalized a book entitled, 52 Pick Up – Tax Saving Tips for every week, to be published soon. Previously, he was a National speaker traveling the country teaching accountants and attorneys new Tax Law, for Gear Up, a Thomson Reuters company. Before that, he was a Consultant and Accountant with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen, CPA's. Robert also served with the US military, enlisting in May 1972 as a private, rose to the rank of Sergeant, later received a commission in 1980 and eventually attained the rank of Colonel. He served during the Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom periods, retiring from military service after 36 years in April 2008. Robert can also be found on the web and social media under AZMONEYGUY, as well. He is married to Devin, a nutritionist, dietician and professional athlete. They reside in Glendale.

Topic: 52 PICK UP, Tax Tips to save you money each week

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marc j victor

Attorney Marc J. Victor

Marc Victor is an Arizona State bar certified specialist in criminal law who has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty years.  As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues.  He has twice debated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the drug war.

Mr. Victor has represented clients in more than a thousand major felony cases including first and second-degree murder, sex cases, gun cases, major drug cases, complex white collar cases, federal appeals, and other complex state and federal matters. His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death-eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts.  He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Mr. Victor has successfully represented clients in many high-profile and media attention cases; including representing Elizabeth Johnson in the nationally televised "Baby Gabriel" case.  To watch his winning closing argument, in that case, click here. He also represents clients in high-profile civil rights and personal injury matters.

Mr. Victor has been quoted locally, nationally and internationally on radio, television, in print, and in person as a legal commentator and expert on many local and national cases.  He was an expert legal commentator for local NBC 12 News for the Jodi Arias case.

Topic: Why you should be a libertarian

Freedom Summit Speakers

deedee garcia blase

DeeDee Garcia Blase

DeeDee Garcia Blase is the Co-Founder of Somos Independents — National Mexican American Woman-led Get Out The Vote Organization DeeDee Garcia Blase was the foundress of the largest Hispanic Republican group in the nation that began in Arizona and later grew out of crisis during an anti-immigrant fevered pitch era. She dropped her Republican registered voter affiliation, stepped down as the President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS and switched to the Independent Party and is now the Co-Founder of SOMOS INDEPENDENTS — formerly known as the National Tequila Party Movement (counter movement to the Tea Party). DeeDee Garcia Blase was the foundress of the largest Hispanic Republican group in the nation that began in Arizona and later grew out of crisis during an anti-immigrant fevered pitch era. She dropped her Republican registered voter affiliation, stepped down as the President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS and switched to the Independent Party and is now the Co-President of a non-partisan National Tequila Party Movement also known as SOMOS INDEPENDENTS. Leadership consists of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans with a mission of getting out the Chicano and Latino Vote for the purpose of promoting immigrant friendly politicians. The immigration issue is our litmus test for politicians. Somos Independents / the Tequila Party is a Woman-led counter movement to extreme Tea Party Republicans and our national independent organization consists of 60,000+ members nationwide with slow steady growth as we are independently self-funded. El Movimiento (the movement) is imperative with regard to key swing independent and women voters who hope to provide a pro-immigrant political covering to politicians in high Latino populated states and key Presidential election swing states.

Topic: The need for Legal Immigration Reform

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Dan Barker

Dan Barker

Dan Barker is a former evangelical Christian minister who became an atheist and is now co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, working to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists. He is the author of the books Losing Faith in Faith; Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists; Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning; Just Pretend: A Book for Freethought Children; GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Richard Dawkins); Free Will Explained; and Mere Morality (Fall 2018). Since 1985, Dan has participated in more than 130 public formal debates with theists and has lectured on hundreds of college campuses around the world.

Topic: The Battle of Church and State

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M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is an American Muslim and son of Syrian immigrants who fled Ba'athist oppression in Syria in 1966. Zuhdi is a physician in private practice in Phoenix, a former US Navy officer, and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) founded in 2003.  AIFD is a think- tank and activist, non-profit organization that confronts the root cause of Islamist inspired terror – Islamism and its global identity movements.  His calls for Muslim reform inspired his co-founding of the Muslim Reform Movement in 2015 based in the US, Canada, and Europe.  Zuhdi is a former commissioner and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) appointed by the U.S. Senate and serving from 2012-16. An internationally recognized expert on Islamism (Political Islam), Zuhdi is widely published in the field and is regularly featured in many top-tier media.  He regularly testifies to the U.S. Congress on the threat of global Islamism and domestic and foreign counter-ideology strategy. Zuhdi's work is dedicated to championing liberty, freedom and universal human rights rooted in an American and Western identity from within the "House of Islam". Dr. Jasser's 2013 book from Simon & Schuster is "A Battle for the Soul of Islam" An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save his Faith". 

Topic: Freedom's only hope against the World's Islamist Establishment

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Panelist Speakers

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery was first elected Maricopa County Attorney in a Special Election in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 on a pledge to fight crime, honor victims' rights, and protect and strengthen our community. As a West Point Graduate, decorated Gulf War Veteran, former Deputy County Attorney and a professional prosecutor, he has dedicated his personal and professional life to serving others.

Bill earned his J.D. from ASU's College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude and receiving the Order of the Coif. As a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, he quickly gained a reputation as a tough but fair prosecutor and served as the Bureau Chief of the Auto Theft Bureau before becoming County Attorney.

As our County Attorney, Bill is committed to vigorously prosecuting crimes and holding criminals accountable. He believes in the responsible application of Arizona's tough sentencing laws to ensure violent and repeat criminals are kept away from our fellow citizens and communities while seeking innovative strategies to deal with issues such as substance abuse and mental health. He is committed to partnering with law enforcement along with business and civic leaders to protect and strengthen communities and has been an outspoken advocate for protecting children.

Bill has also helped shape legislation designed to protect victims of crime and reform Arizona's child welfare system, to include the creation of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations and helped create the Department of Child Safety. Bill continues to be a passionate advocate for Crime Victim Rights in Arizona and he also recognizes a citizen's right to defend his or her family without fear of prosecution.

marc j victor

Attorney Marc J. Victor

Marc Victor is an Arizona State bar certified specialist in criminal law who has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty years.  As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues.  He has twice debated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the drug war.

Mr. Victor has represented clients in more than a thousand major felony cases including first and second-degree murder, sex cases, gun cases, major drug cases, complex white collar cases, federal appeals, and other complex state and federal matters. His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death-eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts.  He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Mr. Victor has successfully represented clients in many high-profile and media attention cases; including representing Elizabeth Johnson in the nationally televised "Baby Gabriel" case.  To watch his winning closing argument, in that case, click here. He also represents clients in high-profile civil rights and personal injury matters.

Mr. Victor has been quoted locally, nationally and internationally on radio, television, in print, and in person as a legal commentator and expert on many local and national cases.  He was an expert legal commentator for local NBC 12 News for the Jodi Arias case.

ROBERT J. MCWHIRTER

Robert J. McWhirter

Robert J. McWhirter is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of the bill of rights. He is a frequent guest on Arizona Horizon and KJZZ as a Constitutional expert and historian.

Mr. McWhirter is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the State Bar of Arizona and the first chair-qualified to defend capital cases by the Arizona Supreme Court.
The American Bar Association has published Mr. McWhirter's book BILLS, QUILLS, AND STILLS: THE HISTORY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS (working title) in 2014. The American Bar Association has published his books THE CRIMINAL LAWYER'S GUIDE TO IMMIGRATION LAW: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, 2nd Ed. 2006 and THE CITIZENSHIP FLOWCHART, 2007. In the 2010 United States Supreme Court case of Padilla v. Kentucky Justice Alito extensively quoted from his book. Mr. McWhirter has served on the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and on the Standard Committee writing the CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS.

Mr. McWhirter has extensively taught in Latin America on comparative criminal procedure and trial advocacy in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Uruguay and has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Chile. In 2010-2011, Mr. McWhirter served in El Salvador administering an $11 million USAID project to reform the justice system where he successfully developed and oversaw programs and training for the Salvadoran courts, police, prosecutors, and public defenders. Mr. McWhirter still travels to Latin America, in August 2013 on a lecture tour as a speaker grant recipient for the United States State Department and in Uruguay training prosecutors. Most recently he trained lawyers in Puebla Mexico.

PANEL DISCUSSION – HOW TO IMPROVE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

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Debate Members

Lounsbery

Eric Lounsbery

Eric Lounsbery Along with working in the home improvement industry, Eric is also an inventor and a Christian apologist. He is the creator of numerous board games including two Bible games as well as a children's game that was produced by Mattel. Eric taught at The School of Ministry at Idaho's largest Calvary Chapel church and at numerous conferences on a variety of subjects including parenting, Mormonism, etc. As a Christian apologist, Eric is quick to point out that the difference between Christianity and all other religions/worldviews is that Christianity is founded upon "unshakable evidence" that could stand up in any courtroom. It is because of this belief that Eric gladly accepts all opportunities to engage those who reject the existence of God and the Christian faith. 

Writing about Eric's last debate against George Smith at the 2005 Freedom Summit, one atheist wrote: "Mr. Lounsbery took the affirmative, and presented a great deal of compelling evidence. George Smith took the negative and failed, utterly, to confront the evidence or even to comment in many cases on the claims made by Lounsbery. As such, it was extremely disappointing as a debate. For speaking style, arguments claimed and uncontested, and effective rebuttal, the debate was won by Lounsbery. … Thus, the experience of watching an atheist get trounced in a debate over the reasonableness of a belief in God was unsatisfying."

Dan Barker

Dan Barker

Dan Barker is a former evangelical Christian minister who became an atheist and is now co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, working to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists. He is the author of the books Losing Faith in Faith; Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists; Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning; Just Pretend: A Book for Freethought Children; GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Richard Dawkins); Free Will Explained; and Mere Morality (Fall 2018). Since 1985, Dan has participated in more than 130 public formal debates with theists and has lectured on hundreds of college campuses around the world.

DEBATE- THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST GOD

Ernest-Hancock

MC- Ernest Hancock

Ernie Hancock is the Radio Talk Show Host of Declare Your Independence and founder of Freedoms Phoenix. Ernest was instrumental in the efforts of the Ron Paul grassroots campaign. He designed the "r3VO_|ution" slogan, which was adopted by the campaign and activists. His show has been on the air for the past decade making it one of the longer lasting podcasts on libertarianism. Ernest has been freeing minds and inspiring many people to think outside the system for well over two decades. 

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Freedom Summit Schedule

Freedom Summit Schedule

Freedom Summit Schedule

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8TH

4 PM: REGISTRATION TABEL OPENS

4:30-6:00- DINNER

4:45-5:00- MIKE INTRODUCES MARC VICTOR

5:00-6:00- MARC J. VICTOR

6:05-7:00- MAJ TOURE

7:05-8:00- RICHARD BODDIE *KEYNOTE*

8:00-8:30- SOCIAL TIME

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9TH

7:30-9:00- BREAKFAST

8:00-9:00- DEEDEE BLASÉ

9:05-10:00- ROBERT HOCKENSMITH

10:00-10:15- BREAK

10:15-11:15- JENNIFER GROSSMAN

11:20-12:15- ZUDHI JASSER

12:15-12:45- LUNCH

12:45-1:45- DAN BARKER

1:50-2:45- DR. COLLIN CAMPBELL

2:45-3:00- BREAK

3:00-4:00-PANEL DISCUSSION – HOW TO IMPROVE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM – MARC VICTOR, BILL MONTGOMERY, AND ROBERT MCWHIRTER

4:05-5:30- DEBATE- THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST GOD – DAN BARKER VS ERIC LOUNSBERY

5:30-6:30- SOCIAL HOUR AND MEET THE SPEAKERS

6:30 – FREEDOM SUMMIT CLOSES

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