ADDICTION & INCARCERATION IN OUR COMMUNITY – TREATMENT AND RECOVERY Or PUNISHMENT AND PRISON

SPONSORED BY IN OUR NAME INITIATIVE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30
6 PM TO 6:45 PM – POETRY BY AMANI OLUGBALA
7 TO 8:30 PM – PANEL PRESENTATION AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
FREE & OPEN TO ALL

“Conversations to Build An Inclusive American Community” is a monthly discussion series in which our community’s brightest thinkers articulate their perspectives on important civic issues. The goal is to catalyze fresh thinking by merging our creative and intellectual powers to inform a conversation that is respectful, deep, empowering and unique.

The month of January is dedicated to discussing our community’s response to addiction.

Opening the night is spoken word artist and activist Amani Olugbala who weaves music, film, storytelling and poetry into performances that highlight social injustice, honor the ancestors, and lift the spirits of the marginalized. She promotes love, service and social awareness as a path to empathy, connection and positive change in local urban communities. Amani is the Assistant Program Director at Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, NY where she facilitates the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion.

Our panel will get an open conversation started by sharing their insights and life experiences regarding the affects of taking a punitive (incarceration) approach versus a therapeutic (treatment) approach to addiction.

Father Peter Young, founder of Peter Young Housing, Industries & Treatment.  More than 50 years ago, Father Young embarked on a career of offering hope and opportunity to addicts in prisons and on the streets through treatment, housing, vocational training, and job placement. His goal is to turn addicts into active participants in civic life.

Perry Jones,  Executive Director of Capital City Rescue Mission, will discuss the devastation of alcohol and drug abuse in our cities. 

Marcelline Taylor, the former Supervising Senior Substance Abuse Counselor for NYS Dept of Corrections and Community Supervision, will speak on veterans’ addiction and incarceration in NYS prisons and juvenile addiction and incarceration in NYS adult prisons.

John Amodeo, Prisoners Legal Services of Albany, will discuss how drug sentencing laws have filled our jails and prisons with poor people and people of color.

Following opening remarks by the panelists, a facilitated discussion will ensue that will enable everyone in the room to share a personal experience, a question, an idea, or even a poem or song.

The curator and sponsor of this series is In Our Name Initiative, an organization dedicated to civic learning and legislative action for social, economic and criminal justice matters. In Our Name is a component of the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice, a national thought and training organization dedicated to the work of reconciling victims and offenders and finding more constructive ways to deal with crime and punishment.