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Presented by ProCon.org + Santa Monica Pier
PRO/CON is a non-partisan debate series designed to inform public discourse on ballot measures and current issues. ProCon.org supplies experts from both sides and a neutral moderator to facilitate discussion and reinvigorate the art of critical thinking.
Each debate is free and takes place at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier from 6 - 7pm every Tuesday leading up to the Election Day.
More details about each debate can be found HERE.
OCt. 11 - GMOS: Should we care?
Moderator: Kamy Akhavan, President at ProCon.org
PRO: Dave Murphy, Founder and Director of Food Democracy Now
CON: Bob Goldberg, Professor of Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology at UCLA
OCT. 18 - Death Penalty: time to repeal?
Moderator: Senator Ben Allen, California State Senator
PRO: Gil Garcetti, Former LA County District Attorney & father of Mayor Eric Garcetti
CON: Michelle Hanisee, Current Deputy District Attorney for LA County
OCT. 25 - cost of education: is College Worth it?
Moderator: Maureen Langan, Former PBS and Bloomberg TV journalist, now host of a weekly radio show in San Francisco
PRO: Michelle Herczog, Immediate Past President of the National Council for the Social Studies
CON: Dale Stephens, Author of "Hacking Your Education" and Founder of uncollege.com
Nov. 1 - marijuana: to legalize or not
Moderator: Alan Thicke, 7-time Emmy winning actor, star of "Growing Pains", author of "How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You"
PRO: Karen O'Keefe, Director of State Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
CON: CALM (Californians Against Legalizing Marijuana) Committee dedicated to defeating any effort to legalize marijuana