War on Drugs 40th Anniversary Press Conference and Lunch

Join The Wire's Sonja Sohn, the Reverend Al Sharpton (tentative) and elected officials at an unprecedented press conference to call attention to the failures of the drug war and to propose new solutions.

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of President Nixon declaring a war on drugs. A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure. It’s time for a new direction.

When: June 16, 2011
12:30pm Registration, Check-in, and Lunch
1:00pm Press Conference

Who: Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director, Drug Policy Alliance
Jared Polis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd district
Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network*
Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont
Sonja Sohn, actress from acclaimed HBO Series "The Wire"
Maxine Waters, Member of U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 35th district

Guests should arrive at the 6th Street entrance of the Newseum. There will be a table with a Drug Policy Alliance tablecloth just inside where someone will greet you and check you in. There is an elevator nearby that will take you to the 3rd Level, where the studio is located. Someone will be just outside the elevator to help direct you to the studio space. We are using the Knight Studio that is on the C Street side of the building, not the Pennsylvania Ave side.

*Tentatively confirmed either in person or live via videoconference.

Event Location:
The Newseum, Knight Studio A, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Event City and State:
Washington, DC

Date and Time:
Thu, 06/16/2011 - 12:30pm

Event Website:
Drug Policy Alliance Press Conference

Date: 
Thu, 06/16/2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School