[R-G] Drug War Teach-In: Plan Colombia, Plan of Death (Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.)
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Monday, October 22
Drug War Teach-In: Plan Colombia, Plan of Death
Frank W Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center
The Ohio State University
153 W. 12th Ave, Columbus, OH
"Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy and guest speaker Professor
Mary Hershberger of Capital University for a viewing of _Coca Mama_.
Following the movie, Prof. Hershberger will give firsthand accounts
of her travels in Colombia to facilitate an open discussion of the
United States' military involvement in the Andean region."
Contact SSDP at <OSUSSDP at hotmail.com>.
About _Coca Mama_:
***** Coca Mama - The War on Drugs
A film by Jan Thielen
Is the "war on drugs" effective? Or is it a colossal waste of money
and manpower? Filmed over a year in four countries, this powerful
documentary brings us coca-growing peasants, anti-narcotic patrols,
and American lawmakers. The filmmakers gained unique access to the
Colombian rebels who stand accused of protecting the drug trade.
Millions of U.S. tax dollars are being spent to eradicate drug
production in South America, but there is little evidence that this
money will diminish supply. Coca Mama shows the disastrous effects
of the policy on the coca farmers in Bolivia and Colombia, who are
paid by the drug cartels to grow the coca and then attacked by drug
patrols using fumigation planes. They spray the coca farms with
poison, inadvertently killing all the other crops, fish, plants --
and sickening the children. In America, there is no evidence that
the "war" has diminished the supply of drugs here. Increasingly,
young Americans are becoming addicted to drugs, mostly to cocaine.
Because the U.S. government refuses to give sufficient funds for
therapy programs for addicts desiring treatment, our prisons are
filled with young dealers and addicts. A staggering bureaucratic
labyrinth in Washington -- fifty law enforcement agencies exist to
control drug traffic without success. Kevin B. Zeese of Common Sense
for Drug Policy says "Law enforcement is actually counterproductive
-- it creates new drugs, new drug markets, new drug trafficking
routes and more violence -- they've made the problem worse."
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