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Drug Policy Forums in New York City

1. Three West Side Forums, 4/11, 5/2, 5/21

2. Ongoing Seminar Series at the Lindesmith Center

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"Towards a Compassionate and Cost-Effective Drug Policy"

At the New York Society for Ethical Culture
(2 West 64th Street)

April 11, Thursday, 7-9 PM
"Impact of Drug Policy on the Justice System and Human Rights"

The Hon. ROBERT SWEET, US District Judge, Southern District of New York
Ernest Drucker, Ph.D., Montefiore Medical Center Robert Gangi, New York Correctional Association Jeffrey Merrill, Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Julie Stewart, Families Against Mandatory Minimums Richard Stratton, Prison Life Magazine
KATHY ROCKLEN, Esq., Chair, Committee on Drugs and the Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

May 2, Thursday, 7-9 PM
"Impact of Drug Policy on the Urban Crisis, AIDS and Crime"

NICHOLAS PASTORE, Chief of Police for New Haven The Hon. CARRIE SAXON PERRY, Former Mayor of Hartford
Robert Newman, M.D., Beth Israel Medical Center Allan Clear, Harm Reduction Coalition Rev. Jim Goode, Solid Ground: A Franciscan Ministry with African American Families Robert Silbering, Esq., Office of Special Narcotics
THEODORE W. KHEEL, Esq., labor Negotiator

May 21, Tuseday, 7-9 PM
"Seeking Solutions to Problems with our Drug Policy"

The Hon. KURT SCHMOKE, Mayor of Baltimore
Prof. Derrick Bell, NYU School of Law David Condliffe, Esq., Drug Policy Foundation Joseph McNamara, Ph.D., The Hoover Institution Bart Majoor, St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction Susan Powers, Esq., Kings County District Attorney's Office
The Honorable JACK B. WEINSTEIN, US District Judge, Eastern District of New York
The Partnership for Responsible Drug Information, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, Social Service Board, New York Society for Ethical Culture
Agenda for Children Tomorrow Project * American Ethical Union * Beth Israel Medical Center * Charas El Bohio * Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy * Columbia School of Public Health * Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun * Doctors of the World * Fordham University School of Law Public Interest Resource Center * Fortune Society * Freedom Foundation * Gay Men's Health Crisis * Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness & Housing * Jan Hus Presbyterian Church * Judson Memorial Church * Montefiore Medical Center * NY Academy of Medicine * NY Correctional Association * NY Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children * NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change * Odyssey House * Physicians for Human Rights * Physicians for Social Responsibility * Prison Life Magazine * Prisoners' Legal Services * Riverside Church * St. Clare's Hospital * St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital * Solid Ground: A Franciscan Ministry * Victim Services Agency * Women's Prison Association * West Side Federation of Block & Neighborhood Associations

FREE -- All Are Welcome
For More Information, call the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (PRDI), (212) 362-1964.

at The Lindesmith Center
A Project of the Open Society Institute

Remaining Forums This Month:

April 10th, Wednesday, 4 PM
Psychoactive Sacraments: My Entheogenic Religion Thomas B. Roberts, Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Illinois University, discusses the role of psychoactive substances in religion, based on personal experiences and research into the mystical roots of religion. Dr. Roberts, who is co-author of Psychoactive Sacraments: A Bibliographic Guide, also reflects on drug prohibition as religious censorship.

April 16th, Tuesday, 4 PM
Needle Exchange is Not the Answer Allan Clear, Executive Director of the Harm Reducation Coalition, introduces a discussions by Donald Grove and guests on the current model of syringe exchange and distribution. Grove is the founder of Moving Equipment, a policy reform organization.

April 30th, Tuesday, 4 PM
The Role of the Medical Profession in the Transition to Drug Legalization Freek Polak, Psychiatrist at the Amsterdam Municipal Health Service, explores the role of the medical profession in drug policy reform. Dr. Polak, who is also a member of the Commission on Drug Policy of both the Royal Dutch Medical Society and the Social Democratic Party, considers the limitations of medicalizing substance use.

Seminars are held at the Open Society Institute, 888 Seventh Avenue, 27th floor, enter of 56th or 57th St.
All are welcome, but seating is limited. Please call The Lindesmith Center at (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

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