AFROPUNK and the Drug Policy Alliance Join Forces in Atlanta October 13th-15th

Press Release October 9, 2017
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Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Tommy McDonald 510-338-8827

The Drug Policy Alliance and AFROPUNK have teamed up this year to collectively unite our voices and say, “No More Drug War!” AFROPUNK’s Atlanta festival will be taking place the same weekend (October 14th – 15th) as DPA’s 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

“Those of us who have worked at the intersection of arts and activism for a generation know deeply that often the most effective way to move people, as Audre Lorde said, from silence to language and action, is through music, dance, paintings and poetry,” said asha bandele, award-winning author and a senior director at Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s why authoritarian regimes move to take over media and censor the artists when they don’t outright kill us. Given the times we are living in under the Trump administration, this collaboration with AFROPUNK couldn’t be more critical.”

On Friday October 13th at 7:30pm, DPA and AFROPUNK will co-host a Town Hall at DPA’s Reform Conference with leading experts, religious leaders, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors: “The Case for Reparations: After 50 Years of the Drug War and Mass Incarceration, What Does America Owe Us?” People working to reform our country’s drug policies are increasingly undertaking their work using a reparative justice lens.

“If we are truly committed to ending the drug war and the carceral state, reparations are pivotal,” said bandele. “It is not enough to simply end our destructive drug laws. There is a moral responsibility to make amends for the multi-generational devastation wrought by the drug war and mass incarceration.”

On Saturday, October 14th starting at Noon AFROPUNK and DPA will co-sponsor Saturday’s Solution Sessions at the AFROPUNK Atlanta festival: “WE THE PEOPLE: Decriminalizing Blackness,” which will explore mass incarceration, the war on drugs, criminal justice reform, profiling, and civil & criminal rights. This curated talk will feature dynamic speakers and personalities addressing audiences on a myriad of topics, issues, and concepts that are solution-based. For more info:

Below is a statement from AFROPUNK:

AFROPUNK is the microphone of thought and a lens of perspective committed to redefining the modern multicultural experience globally. Our partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance allows us to support their vital work in changing the narrative and detrimental policies & drug laws fueling the mass incarceration crisis directly impacting our communities today.

Other Reform Conference highlights include:

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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