Premier of ‘America’s Long War’ and Panel Highlights Disastrous 40 Year War on Drugs on Tuesday, September 24

Discussion Panelists Include: Director Paul Feine, Drug Policy Alliance’s Ethan Nadelmann, NY City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady and New York Times’ John Tierney

NEW YORK—(ENEWSPF)—September 19, 2013. Reason TV is hosting a special New York City reception, panel discussion and screening of ‘America’s Longest War’ on September 24, 2013. From murders on the Mexican border to death row in Mississippi, ‘America’s Longest War,’ a new documentary from Reason.tv, shows how the drug war is destroying families and communities. The film tells the stories of those victimized by the war on drugs, including a marine who survived two tours in the Iraq war only to be shot and killed by police in a drug raid where nothing illegal was found. Director Paul Feine also introduces you to several others, including a daughter who grew up without her father because mandatory federal sentencing rules forced him to serve 20 years in prison for a non-violent drug crime. ‘America’s Longest War’ shines a light on the very real human costs of the war on drugs and points to a viable alternative approach to drug policy.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are serving prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses. The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion fighting the war on drugs. By every measure the drug war has been a failure and it’s time to end it.

‘America’s Longest War’ will be screened on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Florence Gould Hall Theater, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 55 East 59th Street, New York. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm. The screening of ‘America’s Longest War’ will begin at 7:00 pm followed by a Panel Discussion at 8:15 pm. Panelists will include: Paul Feine, Director, ‘America’s Longest War;’ Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Councilmember; Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Mary Anastasia O’Grady, “The Americas” Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; and John Tierney, “Findings” Columnist, The New York Times.

The event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required. Please register to attend at: https://americas-longest-war.eventbrite.com/

You can view the trailer for ‘American’s Longest War’ at: http://americaslongestwar.com/

Source: www.DrugPolicyAlliance.org