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Eugene Jarecki, Award-Winning Filmmaker, and Drug Policy Alliance's Asha Bandele Discuss Impact of the House I Live in and the Next Steps to Take in...

June 25, 2014



Eugene Jarecki, Award-Winning Filmmaker, and Drug Policy Alliance's Asha Bandele Discuss Impact of the House I Live in and the Next Steps to Take in Ending the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

NEW YORK, June 25 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following news release:

On Monday, June 30th, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, EST, Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning filmmaker and director of the The House I Live In, will join the Drug Policy Alliance's asha bandele for a discussion on the film's impact. The quarterly town hall-style conference calls are designed to ensure that the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs, is bringing before the widest audiences, the most influential members in our community and allowing for an open discussion with those who are on the ground and reforming drug war policies. The teleconference with Jarecki is the second in our national webinar series, and follows DPA's initial discussion, which was held in March with Michelle Alexander and can be heard here (http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/michelle-alexander-its-not-enough-end-drug-war-we-must-also-repair-harms-caused-it). The conversation was picked up by national media including CNN, The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/michelle-alexander-drug-war_n_4913901.html), Upworthy (http://www.upworthy.com/theres-at-least-one-thing-about-the-legalization-of-weed-that-should-make-you-uncomfortable) and AlterNet (http://www.alternet.org/drugs/michelle-alexander-white-men-get-rich-legal-pot-black-men-stay-prison?akid=11596.8847.w8H3y1&rd=1&src=newsletter970095&t=2).

Jarecki's 2012 film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for documentaries the year it was released, and which made a shattering case against the drug war, has been used as a primer in faith institutions, schools and community based organizations across the nation. Since its release, the national landscape has shifted. Marijuana for recreational use has been legalized in two states and 18 states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation to tax and regular marijuana in the last legislative session. In addition, 16 states have introduced legislation to enact new medical marijuana laws and to stop jailing people for marijuana possession.

The White House has indicated its commitment to use its clemency authority (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/21/prisoners-clemency-holder/7962929/) for people convicted of non-violent drug law offenses at a scale never before seen. And even the most conservative states are joining the growing call to be right on crime, rather than simply tough on crime.

What has Jarecki heard from his audiences, which have spanned the nation's political and racial spectrum? How do we intend to bring those most harmed by marijuana and other drug war policies into the dialogue; where does America want to take to take the conversation on the drug war; and what is next on Jarecki's horizon?

These and other questions, including listener queries, will all be a part of the conversation with Eugene Jarecki on June 30, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, ET. To register for the call and receive the dial-in and passcode information, click here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yiYCIAkDOyeKLXmpMT3-vjVBTRD45AqM5MJXIoY750s/viewform).

What: DPA Town Hall Conference Call

Who: Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker, The House I Live In asha bandele, Director, Advocacy Grants Program, Drug Policy Alliance

When: June 30th at 1 pm ET.

How: RSVP here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yiYCIAkDOyeKLXmpMT3-vjVBTRD45AqM5MJXIoY750s/viewform) for dial-in and passcode numbers.

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