The Exile Nation Project - Interview with The November Coalition

Founder Nora Callahan and her husband, activist and former prisoner Chuck Armsbury, talk about a lifetime spent fighting for the rights of drug offenders everywhere.

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

This complete interview is #4 of 100 in The Exile Nation Project's archive, which can be found on ExileNation.org.

THE NOVEMBER COALITION

Founded in 1997, the November Coalition is a not for profit educational foundation whose membership represents citizens from all walks of life who find themselves questioning the motivation and ever increasing militarization and imprisonment behind the United States War on Drugs. Visit November.org.

In this 90 minute interview, Founder Nora Callahan and her husband, activist and former prisoner Chuck Armsbury, talk about a lifetime spent fighting for the rights of drug offenders everywhere.

 

In this clip, Founder Nora Callahan reads some of the letters the November Coalition receives from desperate inmates seeking re-entry assistance, and liken the experience of many offenders to the Salem Witch Trials.

In this clip, Founder Nora Callahan describes the "Glass Coffin" that prison becomes for so many offenders, and Chuck Armsbury explains the power of the November Coalition Prisoner Story Wall.

About the author

Charles Shaw is an award-winning journalist, editor and filmmaker, and the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality. He is currently working on a new film called I’m Still Here, a documentary on Trauma and Healing that will be released in 2015.