The War on Drugs is considered a failure with over $1 trillion spent, millions imprisoned, and countless families wounded, increased in mental illnesses, unsecured communities and broken lives. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs. Since then, The United States has made over 45 million arrests with over 20 million Americans with felony records experiencing difficulties with employment and economic advancement.
Today, the United States has 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's incarcerated population. Approximately 7.5 million under correctional supervision with over 2.3 million incarcerated. Mass incarceration as a result of the War on Drugs is a humanitarian crisis. Join us as we talk solution and find alternatives to mass incarceration and the War on Drugs.
This conference will consist of workshops/panel discussions, general and training sessions: Speakers include but not limited to: Dr. Boyce Watkins-"Your Black World," Dr. Ethan Nadelmann-Drug Policy Alliance, Eric Sterling: Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Neill Franklin: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Dr. Fred Allan: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21 st Century.
If you wish to attend the Empowerment Dinner with Dick Gregory on Friday, October 4 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, please RSVP at https://empowermentdinnerwithdickgregory.eventbrite.com/
The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel Ballroom in Brookline.