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Past Events

The Drug Policy Alliance: Funders’ Briefing

The Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Lessons from the Campaign to End the Racially Biased Marijuana Arrest Crusade in NYC
Friday, January 15, 2016


A conversation between advocates regarding the current status of the campaign to end racially biased arrests in New York City. This event provided insights from the campaign as well as empirical evidence of its successes. The marijuana arrest campaign began in 2010, in response to a drastic increase of low level marijuana possession arrests being made by the NYPD in coordination with “Stop and Frisk” and other broken windows policing tactics. The campaign was led by community organizers and local activists and sought to bring to light the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana prohibition in communities of color and the effects that these arrests can have on the lives of those being targeted. The work of the campaign has seen a reduction in marijuana arrests.

Speakers included Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Queens College Professor, Harry Levine; Journalist and Television Personality, Errol Louis; Community Organizer, Alfredo Carrasquillo; New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Kassandra Frederique; Political Director of VOCAL-NY, Alyssa Aguilera; and former Managing Director of Policy and Campaigns for the Drug Policy Alliance, Gabriel Sayegh.

Learn more about the Marijuana Arrest Research Project here.
Learn more about VOCAL-NY here.
Learn more about The New York Foundation here.
Learn more about the Drug Policy Alliance here.
Learn more about Open Society Foundations here.

September 14, 2016