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MEDIA ADVISORY - July 21, 2005

Contact: Geri Silva (213) 746-4844; cell: (310) 365-3319
David Losa cell: (805) 637-1009
Van Driver Ryan Plant cell: (805) 895-8017

Lone Cyclist on 'Do-or-Die' Quest for Justice

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David Losa is a man on a cross-country crusade that will take him through a dozen cities across the country, from Santa Barbara to Washington DC. A send-off celebration in Santa Barbara on July 8 launched his 'do or die' journey. He'll arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 22nd and hold a press conference at the US District Court on 333 Lomas Blvd. NW at 2 p.m.

Losa's goal is to save the lives of the one in four nonviolent American prisoners who have been incarcerated on drug charges, including his kid brother, Doug, who is serving a 26 year-to-life sentence for possession of a trace amount of methamphetamine.

David will be riding his bike in a prison jumpsuit with his brother's name and prison number written on the back. Supporters will greet him as he arrives at each city to welcome him. At each stop on his journey, David will stay in the home of someone who currently has a loved in prison because of America's 'War on Drugs'.

David will cycle 100 miles a day for 30 days. His route will take him to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kingman, Flagstaff, Gallup, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Montgomery, Atlanta, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Washington. He will arrive in the nation's capitol on August 13 to join the Journey for Justice March calling for criminal justice reform.

Who: David Losa, a history buff from the University of California at Santa Barbara, whose brother Doug was sentenced to 26-year-to-life sentence under California's Three Strikes law.

What: Rain or shine, Losa's 3,000-mile cross-country crusade begins on July 8th in Santa Barbara, surrounded by supporters, including Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Bloom. David was met in Los Angeles on Monday, July 11th by members of FACTS (California's lead organization working to amend California's draconian Three Strikes law).

When: July 22nd at 2 PM

Where: US District Court, 333 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, (505) 348-2000

Why: Of the more than two million people currently in America's prisons, nearly one in four are serving time on a nonviolent drug charge. David's brother, Doug, is one of 4,200 nonviolent Third Strikers in California prisons destined to spend their lives behind bars because they have a drug problem. He has been in prison since 1996. Nationwide, nearly half a million people are in prison on drug charges despite the fact that the voters of New Mexico secured $150,000 to expand pharmaceutical treatment for opiate addiction in New Mexico prisons, gave felons back the right to vote and with overwhelming bipartisan support, gave seriously ill patients the right to use medicinal marijuana.

To interview David as he rides through New Mexico, call (805) 637-1009 or (805) 895-8017.

For FACTS (Families Against California's Three Strikes)
Donna J. Warren
P.O. Box 88808
Los Angeles, CA 90009
(323) 418-9770, Fax (323) 418-8180

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