[act-ma] Fwd: [MaSHaRC] FW: JP Forum - Exporting the War on Drugs: July 27th

Jeff Manzelli jeff.manzelli at freemanz.com
Fri Jul 20 00:40:30 PDT 2007

>From: Jamaica Plain Forum [mailto:jamaicaplainforumsarah at gmail.com]
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>To: Ahmadifar, Nancy
>Subject: JP Forum - Exporting the War on Drugs: July 27th
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>"Community Conversations on the great issues shaping our 
>neighborhood and our planet"
>Addicted to Failure: Exporting the Drug War Overseas
>Sanho Tree, Director of the Drug Policy Project
>Institute for Policy Studies
>Friday, July 27th at 7:00pm
>First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
>Parish Hall
>6 Eliot St (across from the Monument), Jamaica Plain
>It is no secret that current policy ignores the effects of racism 
>and poverty that helps drive the illicit drug economy.  In the US, 
>these roots include decaying school systems, lack of inner city and 
>rural jobs, shortage of affordable housing, lack of health care, and 
>social alienation.  International challenges include exportation of 
>the "War on Drugs" to Colombia and Afghanistan, "counternarcotics" 
>aid to repressive regimes, and environmental destruction caused by 
>our eradication and fumigation policies.  
>Why have these policies not succeeded despite hundreds of billions 
>of dollars having been thrown at the problem?  Are there 
>alternatives to the current drug war quagmire?  Sanho Tree, Director 
>of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, will 
>dissect the politics behind these failed policies and suggest 
>avenues for fundamental reform. 
>Mr. 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 
>About our Speaker
>Sanho Tree is an international expert on drug policy matters.  He is 
>a Fellow and Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute 
>for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.  He has been featured in the 
>ABC News/John Stossel documentary on the drug war which aired in 
>July 2002 and has also appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill 
>Maher.   Mr. Tree is a former military and diplomatic historian; he 
>has collaborated in the past with Dr. Gar Alperovitz on The Decision 
>to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth 
>(Knopf, 1995).  From 1996-97, he assisted entertainer Harry 
>Belafonte and continues to work as an occasional consultant for him 
>on international issues. He was also associate editor of 
>CovertAction Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative 
>journalism. In the late 1980s he worked at the International Human 
>Rights Law Group.  Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for 
>Peace and the Andean Information Network.
>For more information, visit the Jamaica Plain Forum website at 
>Event Info
>First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
>Parish Hall
>6 Eliot St. (Across from the Monument)
>Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 01230
>Friday, July 27th, 2007
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