Past Meetup

The House I Live In (film + panel discussion)

This Meetup is past

11 people went


The event is sponsored by Organizing Against Racism Alliance and Citizens Advocating for Racial Equity and co-sponsored by Chapel Hill-Carrboro Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, Dan Pollitt Bar, Hidden Voices, Justice in Action Committee, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, UNC Center for Civil Rights.

The House I Live In is a documentary film about the War on Drugs in the United States. This documentary explores the risks that prohibition poses to freedom and the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals. In the four decades since the War on Drugs commenced, over 45 millions of addicts have been arrested - and for each one jailed, another family is destroyed. Meanwhile, the prisons in America are growing overcrowded with non-violent criminals, and illegal drugs are still being sold in schoolyards. By examining just where it all went wrong, director Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) reveals that a solution is possible if we can just find it in ourselves to be compassionate, and see past the decades of paranoia and propaganda.

Note: The screening will be an abridged version of the film in interest of having time for a panel discussion.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Following the film will be a panel discussion and recommendations for action. Panelists include:

Daryl Atkinson, Staff attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Chris Blue, Chapel Hill Police Chief Clay Everett, Program Director, Freedom House Joseph Kennedy, Professor of Law UNC School of Law Lamar Proctor, Assistant District Attorney, Orange County Nia Wilson, Executive Director SpiritHouse Moderator, James Williams, Public Defender, Orange & Chatham Afterwards, we can head over to Top of the Hill for food/drink/conversation if people are up for it.