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Marijuana Arrests: The Gateway to Mass Incarceration

July 18, 2014
Netroots Nation

Every 48 seconds someone is arrested for marijuana possession in the United States. Most of these arrests are of people of color, despite the fact that white people use and sell marijuana at higher rates.

What is America Really Doing to End the Drug War? A Talk with Eugene Jarecki and DPA's asha bandele

June 30, 2014

In the second installment of a new series of discussions presented by the Drug Policy Alliance’s Movement Building Team, DPA’s asha bandele interviewed Eugene Jarecki, the filmmaker of the award-winning documentary The House I Live In. During the conversation, Jarecki reflected on how the movement has changed in the two years since his film was released and what he’s learned about engaging with groups who have not yet been convinced of the drug war’s failure.

The New Jim Crow: What's Next? A Talk with Michelle Alexander and DPA's asha bandele

March 6, 2014

In the first installment of a new series of discussions presented by the Drug Policy Alliance’s Movement Building Team, DPA’s asha bandele interviewed Michelle Alexander, the best-selling author of The New Jim Crow. Over 300 people listened in on their conversation which touched on familiar issues – the decriminalization of all drugs, ending mass incarceration – but also delved deeper, allowing Alexander to discuss what truly transformational change means to her, and more personally, what she would like to do next in her own work.

Ethan Nadelmann at the Justice on Trial Film Festival: "Taking Drugs Out of the Criminal Justice System"

October 21, 2013

"Taking Drugs Out of the Criminal Justice System," a keynote talk by Ethan Nadelmann at the Justice on Trial Film Festival at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. This two-day Film Festival presented a compilation of films that critically examine America’s highly-racialized mass incarceration system defined by harsh drug sentencing, jailhouse beatings, solitary confinement, stop-and-frisk humiliations, selective prosecutions, and unreasonably long sentences.

CA State Director, Lynne Lyman Speaks Out Against Zero-Tolerance Drug Policies in Schools

August 12, 2013

California State Director, Lynne Lyman shares her experiences as a mother and discusses the need for reality-based drug education programs in schools.  In addition, Lynne shares the harmful long-term impact zero-tolerance policies have on students by introducing them to the criminal justice system at an early age.  Instead of punitive policies, Lynne calls for schools to use a restorative justice approach with students, as a means of keeping students engaged in ac

California Must Resolve Racial Disparities in State Sentencing

April 3, 2013

This clip shows Republican congressional members from California along with other national leaders speaking out against the unjust racial disparities in sentencing between powder and crack cocaine during passage of the federal “Fair Sentencing Act of 2010” that narrowed the federal disparity in sentencing from 100:1 to 18:1.

Life-Saving Drug for Heroin OD Not Widely Available

March 22, 2013
NBC

NBC Los Angeles reporter Michelle Valles explains the opiate overdose reversal medication naloxone (Narcan) and the efforts to expand access to the lifesaving drug (air date Friday, March 22, 2013)

DPA Staff Presentations at the 2013 California NORML Conference

January 26, 2013

Several DPA staff members spoke as panelists at California NORML's 2013 conference on January 26-27 in San Francisco. The conference explored the history, causes and costs of marijuana prohibition -- and strategies for ending it.

Bringing Down the New Jim Crow Radio Series

June 4, 2013
Series produced by Chris Moore-Backman

Inspired by Michelle Alexander's groundbreaking book THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS, this series of radio documentaries explores the intersection of the drug war, mass incarceration, and race in the contemporary U.S.

What does marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington mean for the rest of the country?

December 5, 2012

Amanda Reiman, Policy manager at DPA, talks with Cannabis Consciousness about the fine details of the marijuana regulation and taxation laws in Colorado and Washington, and the impact it will have on drug policy nationally.

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