The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the structural inequities within and across societies. Like healthcare, housing and criminal justice, drug policy too bears the marks of racism and colonialism. The brunt of punitive and prohibitive drug policies has long been borne by indigenous people and people of color across the world. How are these policies being challenged globally? Can decriminalization and legalization undo the harms of racist and imperialist drug wars? What does a truly decolonized global drug policy look like? Join a panel of speakers from the US, Latin America and Asia to discuss these questions, and to imagine a fair and just future for drug policy.
• Rev. Charles Boyer, Founding Director, Salvation and Social Justice
• Isabel Pereira, Drug Policy Research Coordinator, DeJusticia
• Ricky Gunawan, Program Officer—Asia, Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations
Moderated by Kasia Malinowska, Director of the Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations and part-time lecturer at The New School.