01/28/2013 The House I Live In screening

A film screening and panel discussion (free admission):

"While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America's poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures." — http://www.thehouseilivein.org/

Hosted by: Radical Public Health
Co-sponsored by: the Public Health Student Association and the UIC-SPH Office of Student Affairs
Free admission.

Following the film, we will have a panel discussion and Q & A with:

  • Mariame Kaba, Founder and Director of Project NIA and owner of the Prison Culture Blog
  • Joseph Strickland, PhD, from the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research
  • Amanda Klonsky, Student Transition Coordinator with the Network of Alternative Schools at Chicago Public Schools
  • Gwyneth Troyer, Director of the Prison Monitor Project at John Howard Association of Illinois
  • Members of Circles and Ciphers, engaged in transformative justice

Why see this film? Simply put, understanding and upending the drug war and our system of mass incarceration are crucial to eliminating health inequities in the U.S.

The House I Live In features interviews with people on many sides of the drug war, including legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, and David Simon, author, journalist, and writer and producer of HBO's The Wire.

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