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Free film screening: American Drug War - the last white hope

When: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge

[What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if the states don’t keep those prisons full?!]

American Drug War:

the last white hope

[see trailer]

Showing Thursday, July 16, in Cambridge 
[please download & distribute flyer]

35 years after Nixon's war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars.

The US War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history: how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. The film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA.

AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government.

"Brace yourself for Afghani opium, interviews with a former drug czar and Amsterdam's lone crack connoisseur, and basic bad-guy bedlam in this informative documentary ."  ~Mary Ought Six, High Times Magazine

"AMERICAN DRUG WAR" is worth serious frontal lobe absorption. It shows just how well the war on drugs is going. Let me tell you it really seems to be going great. Drug use is up, education is down, all while you the taxpayer keep pouring the money in."  ~C. Dempsey, Cinephelia

"[America's war on drugs] is an economic incentive program for the private prison industry, funded out of self-interest by the Partnership for a Drug Free America (essentially a front group for legal drug industries, i.e. pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and tobacco).   ...the current drug economy is working the way it should: drugs are flowing, prisons are full, and Wall Street is happy. ...In painting this ugly picture, Booth traces the connections between the Iran/Contra debacle, infamous Los Angeles street dealer Ricky Ross, controversial CIA-cocaine connection journalist Gary Webb, Oliver North, Panamanian henchman Manuel Noriega, Phoenix's tough-love anti-drug sheriff Joe Arpaio, pro-pot comedian/martyr Tommy Chong, the PATRIOT ACT, and the equally inscrutable war of terror."  ~Austin Chronicle

"Speaking of hypocrisy, the film also chronicles the Iran Contra scandal, our government's sickening, morally debauched effort to facilitate the introduction of illegal drugs into society, using the profits to finance a wholly illegal military operation."  ~Todd David Schwartz, Paul Mitchell Show

"Now the world can finally see the whole truth; why tons of drugs make it across US borders and why the United States prison population is the largest in the world... there has never been a war on drugs; the truth is America has declared war on its own citizens."
~ Freeway Ricky Ross - former L.A. Drug Kingpin

"To me the story of Freeway Ricky Ross is as American as apple pie a la crack. Not only is it the "Scarface" rags-to-riches tale, it's also the story of Oliver North and the Iran Contra scandal that most Americans seemed to have forgotten. It's outrageous enough that Rick is the only one of those guys serving time, but the co-conspirators of North/Reagan are back to their old tricks working in the new Bush White House. For those of you rolling your eyes, Google "Crack & CIA." ~ Kevin Booth, director

When/where
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
rule19.org/videos

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film & free door prizes
[donations are encouraged]
feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

UPandOUT film series - see rule19.org/videos

Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for the loss of liberty and civil rights...

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