In the 1970’s, President Nixon declared a “War On Drugs.” Billions of dollars have since been spent, millions of people incarcerated, and nearly forty years later, we are still no closer to a solution. This so-called war disproportionately targets, prosecutes and incarcerates people of color. Here in New York, more than 80 percent of those arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite similar rates of use among white people, and today, the city is seeing a rise in opioid use and an alarming increase in drug overdoses.
Join us on May 23rd for Whose War On Drugs? A #BHeard Town Hall. We’ll bring together stakeholders, thought leaders and Brooklyn’s communities to truly challenge the idea behind, America's the longest-running war, asking: Who benefits from this war? How can we begin to reverse the collateral damage to our communities? And how do we bridge the gap between public health and the criminal justice system?
The cameras stop rolling at 8:30PM, but join us in the lobby afterwards for panelist meet and greet + drinks in the BRIC House lobby
WATCH PAST #BHEARD TOWN HALLS
ATTEND A LIVE TOWN HALL MEETING!
- Kassandra Frederique - New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
- Eric Gonzalez - Kings County District Attorney
- Dr. Hillary Kunins - Asst. Commissioner, Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Tom Robbins - Contributing Writer, The Marshall Project
- Chino Hardin - Field Director, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions
NOTE: Capacity at BRIC House is limited and admission is on a first come, first served basis, whether you have RSVP'ed or not. Please come early to ensure entry and seating.