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Announcement :: Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
New Perspectives on the War on Drugs
17 Jul 2007
With the United States’ “War on Drugs” in its 36th year, we must face the effects both at home and abroad. Our jails are past their holding capacity with nonviolent drug offenders, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Billions of dollars have been spent on a heightened militarized approach to combating drugs overseas. Results have included destroyed indigenous communities, “counter-narcotics” aid to repressive regimes, and degradation of the environment through eradication and fumigation policies. Are there alternatives to this drug war quagmire?
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The Jamaica Plain Forum presents:
“Addicted to Failure: Exporting the Drug War Overseas” with Mr. Sanho Tree

Friday, July 27th at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist Parish Hall,
6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (across from the Monument)
(Orange Line to Green Street)

The event will begin at 7pm: admission is free.

With the United States’ “War on Drugs” in its 36th year, we must face the effects both at home and abroad. Our jails are past their holding capacity with nonviolent drug offenders, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Billions of dollars have been spent on a heightened militarized approach to combating drugs overseas. Results have included destroyed indigenous communities, “counter-narcotics” aid to repressive regimes, and degradation of the environment through eradication and fumigation policies. Are there alternatives to this drug war quagmire?

“It is no secret that current policy ignores the effects of racism and poverty that helps drive the illicit drug economy,” says Sanho Tree, Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. “The symptoms of this failed policy include decaying school systems, lack of inner city and rural jobs, shortage of affordable housing, lack of health care, social alienation, and increased international antagonism.”

Tree advocates for systemic reform by reaching out to non-traditional allies and employing innovative tactics to promote a sustainable, constitutional, and humane drug control policy. He encourages replacing the punitive and coercive "social control" model of drug policy with a public health and economic development model.

“Sanho brings a unique perspective on advocating for change in complex social and economic institutions,” says Sarah Schwartz Sax, co-coordinator of Jamaica Plain Forum at First Church. “This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to meet up and learn some new strategies for positive social change.”

Sanho Tree is an international expert on the history, tactics and impact of drug policy. He has been featured on ABC News/John Stossel and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. A former military and diplomatic historian, Tree has also worked with Gar Alperovitz and Harry Belafonte. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.

The Jamaica Plain Forum
The Jamaica Plain Forum is a series of conversations, lectures, workshops and events about the great issues of the day. The Forum is sponsored by the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist and the Institute for Policy Studies. All Jamaica Plain Forum events are wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Donation requested.

Upcoming Jamaica Plain Forum events include and Aviva Chomsky on myths of immigration (October 4th), Frances Moore-Lappe on Food Sovereignty (Nov. 1st), and many more.

For more information, visit the JP Forum website at www.jamaicaplainforum.org. To suggest a speaker or topic, or to sign-up for the mailing list, send Sarah an email at jamaicaplainforumsarah (at) gmail.com
See also:
http://www.jamaicaplainforum.org

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