#ANTIUNIVERSITY2019 - Drugs, Workers & Global Justice

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The so called 'War on Drugs' is collapsing around the world. It's time to envision a radical alternative centered on global justice.

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The so called ’war on drugs’ was built on shaky foundations. Now, countries around the world from Canada, to Uruguay, Portugal and many US states are beginning to dismantle it piece by piece.

Its collapse is good news for people and communities around the world, providing us with the opportunity to build a new approach to drugs that prioritizes, promotes and protects human health and global justice.

However this also poses risks: unless we take a social justice approach to reform, those who have been most marginalized under prohibition will continue to be at risk if control of the trade is handed from drug cartels to big corporations.

Health Poverty Action is excited to bring together a panel of incredible speakers to envision what legal regulation of the drugs trade which centers worker rights, racial justice, feminism, trade justice and environmental protection could look like.

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Imani Robinson is a writer, curator and activist facilitator whose goal is to make prison abolition and healing justice more possible in our lifetime. She is the Communications strategist for Release and the editor of Talking Drugs. In 2018 she and Camille Barton co-produced REGENERATE, a black-led arts festival on the intersections of drug policy, racial justice and liberation in collaboration with Release & Ugly Duck. Imani works to build leadership for racial justice organisers and drug policy reformers to transform the ways we view race and drugs, stigma, criminalisation and punishment and to implement strategies for a more inclusive and radical struggle against the many harms of drugs prohibition.

Pedro Arenas is Director of the Observatorio de cultivos y cultivadores declarados ilícitos - OCDI (Observatory of crops and farmers declared illicit). Co-author of the report entitled Vicios Penales on the weaponisation of penal law against farmers, indigenous communities and communities of African descent involved in the field of coca, opium poppy and cannabis production in Colombia. Pedro has worked as a social researcher and has supported numerous organisational processes involving farmers in different parts of the country from 1994. He is also a Transnational Institute (TNI) Fellow, and was the Mayor of San José del Guaviare until 2011 and a member of Congress between 2002 and 2006, when he tabled a legislative bill on the regulation of coca in Colombia, produced with the communities of the Cauca valley.

Steve Rolles has been at Transform since 1998. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform's publications, including 2009’s 'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation'. He is a regular contributor to the public debate on drug policy and law in print and broadcast media, and has been a speaker at various events, conferences and inquiries held by, among others, the UK government, the UN, and many other high-level international bodies.

Pien Metaal is a researcher with TNI. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from University of Amsterdam. She has been a member of the Transnational Institute's Drugs and Democracy team since 2002, though her participation with the Programme dates further back. She lived in Latin America for several years, spending most of that time in the Andean region. During those years, she dedicated most of her time and energy to research, development and implementation of drug policy, particularly in relation to coca and cocaine, and worked with local and international experts and NGOs. She has written numerous articles, and contributed to various books and publications on the drug policy in Latin America since 1996.

KUCHENGA is a writer, an agitator an avid consumer of all culture high and low. She is a Black transsexual feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality. She has been published in online magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Gal-Dem, Dazed, i-D, and Broadly.

This event is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival 15-22 June 2019

See the full programme on www.antiuniversity.org

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