Talking About Race: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color

Moot Courtroom

OSI-Baltimore will present the next edition in its series of conversations about racial disparities and the drive to achieve justice at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Angelos Law Center, 1401 N. Charles St. The event, free and open to the public, will take place in the Moot Court Room on the lower level of the center.

An online R.S.V.P. is posted below.

Panelists include:

Samuel Roberts, an associate professor of history at Columbia University and associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, the history of public health, urban history, and the history of social movements. Roberts is currently researching and writing a book-length project which examines the policy and political history of heroin addiction treatment, 1950s-1990s, tracing urban policy at the beginning of the postwar heroin epidemic, through the adoption of methadone maintenance treatment in the 1960s, and syringe exchange programs and harm reduction in the 1980s-1990s. He has published research relating to this project in Social History of Alcohol and Drugs and in a special edited volume in the series Advances in Medical Sociology, and blogs occasionally for the Huffington Post. Roberts is also a member of the Mailman School of Public Health's Working Group on Public Health and Mass Incarceration, and the organizer of the Columbia University Institute for Research in African American Studies conference, Challenging Punishment: Race, the People’s Health, and the War on Drugs.

Kassandra Frederique is New York State director at the Drug Policy Alliance. Frederique previously ran the day-to-day operations of the statewide campaign to end New York's racially biased marijuana arrests, which cut the number of New York City marijuana arrests in half. Frederique also represented DPA as a member of Communities United for Police Reform, which focused on addressing stop and frisk and broader police reform/accountability measures bridging the gap between the War on Drugs and policing. As a co-author of Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy and as technical adviser to Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick's The Ithaca Plan, Frederique cultivates and mobilizes powerful coalitions in communities devastated by drug misuse and drug criminalization to develop municipal strategies to foster healthier and safer communities.

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