CHALLENGING THE DRUG WAR
WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
TIME: 5:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: COURTLAND WILSON LIBRARY
303 Washington Ave, New Haven, CT
corner Washington Ave and Daggett St,
near Yale New Haven Hospital
Two criminal defense attorneys, Norm Pattis and Rich Silverstein who represent clients in New Haven courtrooms for drug offenses and a well respected drug policy activist,Cliff Thornton, will have a panel discussion on the war on drugs and its disproportionate impact on communities of color. Discussed will be the disparity in arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations between Whites and people of color. For example, in the federal system 80% of the incarcerated on drug offenses are people of color. In Connecticut African Americans comprise 12.2 percent of the population and 23 percent of drug users, yet they make up 38% of those arrested and 59% of those convicted for drug offenses.
This legislative session there are numerous proposals for change in drug policy including a call for the decriminalization of marijuana, changing the school drug free zones and mandatory minimums. The governor is prepared to sign a bill to decriminalize marijuana. How will decriminalization differ from legalization? How will other drug policy changes impact our lives? Please join us and contribute to the dialogue. Education is power!!!
REFESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED---Questions call Barb (203)479-1105