openDemocracy event London: oD author Charles Shaw asks 'Who's addicted to the War on Drugs?'

22 October 2010

You are invited to join Charles Shaw, openDemocracy author and activist and acclaimed documentary maker and criminologist, Roger Graef for an evening of discussion and testimony of drugs policy and criminal justice on:

7pm, Tuesday 16 November 2010

The Hub34b York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1 9AB

Limited number of places: please email [email protected] to reserve a place.

What is it that maintains our mixed up and contradictory drugs policies – often in the face of expert consensus? What is the balance of damage being done to individuals by drugs and the system of punishing drug taking? What should our social and personal attitudes towards different drugs be if there were fuller decriminalisation?  And why are attitudes to alcohol and tobacco so different?

Read more on Charles Shaw's projects 

The openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum

The Unheard Voices Project


How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

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