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Free Drug War Movie --The House I Live In

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 2:00p
Murdock Theatre Wichita, KS

If you are opposed to the War on Drugs and the resulting mass incarceration, you have got to come see The House I Live In, produced by Danny Glover, Brad Pitt, John Legend and Russell Simmons and directed by Eugene Jarecki.

"Since 1970, the War on Drugs has made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s longest war. The film examines how political and economic
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Created by jbradley

Performers at this Event
Michelle Alexander
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Author of The New Jim Crow--Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement.
Location & Nearby Info
Murdock Theatre
536 N. Broadway St.
Wichita, KS 67214
(316) 263-1665
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6 reviews
(no rating) Jan 09, 2013 - jbradley
My thoughts on The House I Live In by Frank Smith

Award winning documentary maker Eugene Jarecki doesn’t want you to just watch his emotional and comprehensive new film that harshly examines the war on drugs. He wants you to learn from it so that you can share his outrage, passion, and understanding regarding the damage the war has done. Then he wants you to join him in his determination to do something about fixing the problem.

As a means to enlist your support, he has originated a fairly unique approach to distribution. He wants you to see it in small communal venues, hosting audiences of activists and concerned citizens and to take its message home, to think about it, to act upon it.

In “The House I live in,” Jarecki examines the long history of the “war.” He correctly identifies its phases as a succession of counterproductive and increasingly expensive and destructive attempts by the elite to enforce social and economic order. Criminalizing opiates was initially anti-Chinese, and then cocaine laws singled out African-Americans. Marijuana statutes originally targeted Mexican-Americans, then expanded and became ever more draconian in an attempt to control resistance and substantially reduce political dissent among white youth during the Viet Nam war.

The ‘80s and ‘90s brought an escalation that was little more than a means of wholesale disenfranchisement of those who had been admitted to the greater society by civil rights reform. Ever larger shares of ethnic minorities were recruited to fill prisons that were becoming privatized…operated for profit. The increase of incarcerated women was exponential.

The construction of a never ending expansion of gulags massively transferred ever more wealth from the poorest Americans to the elites, the investor class, the “1%.”

Forty five million drug arrests have taken an enormous toll on the lives of our citizens and the fiscal health of the nation.

Jarecki introduces you to very real people to remove the concept of reform from simply an abstraction, so as to make it very personal. He includes interviews with law enforcement, judges and attorneys disgusted with the process to prisoners victimized by it. The story of a California convict who got life for stealing a piece of pizza brings the absurdity of the criminal justice system into sharp focus.

The film is no longer Jarecki’s. It belongs to all of us who want to end the insanity that has created the monster that now incarcerates 2.3 million human beings. We hope you can join us for the upcoming showing in Wichita.

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