Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Conference Season Comes to a Close

ThiRe Forms has been a busy, busy conference season, kicking off with the World Hearing Voices Congress in August, followed by Alternatives, the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), and finally, the International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry (ISEPP) and the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The RLC was well represented once again at ISEPP where Sera Davidow offered the closing plenary talk, and Earl Miller shared more about the integration of peer support and housing work.
However, we want to take a moment to focus
especially on the Reform Conference.
This is a conference that has not previously been on our radar, but left a lasting impression. The conference focuses more so on (as the title suggests) drug policies and reform as they relate to the world of substance use. However, the RLC was asked to participate as one of several efforts to broaden the scope of what is already a very intersectional event. Over 1500 attendees from more than 80 countries gathered in Atlanta to talk about racialized drug policies, racism, problems with our prison system, systemic oppression, and so much more. Plenary speakers included Michelle Alexander (author of the New Jim Crow), Patrisse Cullors (a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement), and Jason Hernandez (granted clemency after unjustly being sentenced to life in prison on drug charges).
This was an amazing and inspiring conference,
and one with which we plan to stay connected in the future!
(The next one is scheduled for St Louis in November, 2019!)
Want to know more? Check out the conference’s Facebook page and the Drug Policy Alliance’s Facebook page for lots of videos, including this one of a Town Hall meeting that took place at the conference on racism and reparations (CLICK HERE!)



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