On February 24, 2016, our speaker will be Mikel Weisser
State Deputy Director of NORML in Arizona
A native Texan and the son of a nightclub singer, Mikel Weisser, after being an accomplished plumber and homeless shelter manager returned to college at 30, collected a MA from the University of Illinois at Springfield and an M Ed from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Mikel has lived in Mohave County since the turn of the century, teaching Junior High in Bullhead City and Middle School in Kingman. Mikel Weisser has been a political activist with organizations like Occupy Kingman (Occupy Together), Heartland Peace Center (Springfield, IL), Move On.Org, A.N.S.W.E.R., Amnesty International, Code Pink, and Phoenix's End the War Coalition, both writing and organizing on peace, immigrant rights, and gender bias issues. His recurring humor blog, "Current Comedy" goes back more than 20 years and has been featured on OpEd News, Dissident Voice, AlterNet, Illinois Times, Daily Kos, AZ Central, and his local paper, The Kingman Daily Miner, among others.
Mikel Weisser now teaches Social Studies and Language Arts to middle-schoolers, is a member of the NORAZ poets, a performance coach for the AZ Arts Commission, and a member of the Arizona Education Association fund council and resolutions committees. Mikel is an organizer of Kingman's annual book festival, KABAM! ("Kingman-Area-Books-Are-Magic!"). A tireless touring poet and performer, Weisser has performed at Chicago's Green Mill, L.A.'s Beyond Baroque, the Beat Museum and Cafe International in San Francisco and standing in the pouring rain ... in various places.
In July 2015, the Board of Directors for NORML in Arizona unanimously voted to appoint Mikel the State Deputy Director, bringing him onto the leadership team. Mikel Weisser is one of Arizona's most visible marijuana reformers.
In addition to his own pro-cannabis campaigns, Weisser is the former vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus and responsible for the Arizona Democratic Party's 2014 resolution calling for cannabis legalization.
In 2013 Weisser helped found Arizona's outspoken grassroots organization, Safer Arizona. Weisser served as the group's political director and legislative liaison from 2013-2014 and executive director for 2014-2015. As such he helped shepherd two cannabis reform bills through the state house. Mikel is one of the rare breed of activists who lives, breathes and bleeds for the cause driving from one corner of the state to the other...extolling the benefits of the plant, telling his story, and sharing how legalization will make Arizona a better place to live.
Mikel Weisser has been the Democrat candidate for the U.S. congress in AZ-4 twice and expects to run again in 2016.
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