FREE NYC EVENT TONIGHT: "A tale of two crises: Reading images of social epidemic" to discuss contrasts between depictions of crack in 1980s and current overdose crisis. Should be interesting! RSVP here: icp.org/events/a-tale-…
Now Michael Shaw of Reading the Pictures- he looked at race and the Opioid crisis imagery. He quotes the “call for gentler war on drugs” from NYTimes.
At @OSULawDEPC for the @DrugPolicyOrg@acluohio conference From Punishment to Public Health. I am going to tweet a lot about drug policy in the next two days. I know many people want to focus right now on the critical moment the nation is going through, feel free to mute me.
First speaker, opening keynote, is @SamuelKRoberts: “the War on Drugs has been fairly effective at what it was designed to do, which is to rationalize increasing inequality in health, education, labor, and opportunity in the post-1973 American economy.”
"This [the War on Drugs] was never about the drugs." @SamuelKRoberts drives home the point that the War on Drugs was backlash to the civil rights movement, anti-War movement, and an assault on poor people and people of color.