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Screening Toolkit

IDEAS FOR CHANGE

Since Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs 40 years ago, millions of people have been incarcerated for low-level drug law violations, resulting in disproportionate impacts on poor and low-income communities and communities of color, a growing epidemic of drug overdose fatalities, and increased rates of addiction and misuse. The drug war plays a major role in feeding the crisis of mass incarceration, where an ever-increasing number of Americans are imprisoned or placed under criminal justice supervision for low-level offenses – costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year. It will take a drastic shift in public consciousness and perception to create the change needed to effectively and successful end the war on drugs. THE HOUSE I LIVE IN provides an opportunity to educate and engage policymakers, faith and community leaders, and individuals working in the public and private sectors about the colossal failure of the drug war. Below is a downloadable toolkit with comprehensive resources to help plan, execute, and get the most out of your own screening of the film. We would like to hear about your event! Please send us an email at info@thehouseilivein.org or use the “Host a Screening” form to get in touch. Educational screenings and larger community events generally require a license agreement. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Here are some ways you can organize and advocate for change in your community:

SCREENINGS

• Schedule screenings and forums at key locations and with key constituents, such as veterans, social workers, formerly incarcerated people and organizations serving formerly incarcerated people, young people, students and individuals who are caught in the criminal justice system.

DECISION MAKERS

• Schedule meetings with your local elected officials, using data provided in the Toolkit and fact sheets to frame your arguments. Take a group of like-minded people with you to your meeting and offer concrete solutions.

SPEAK OUT

• At political and community forums, raise the war on drugs as a major community concern and encourage those in attendance to watch the film and offer solutions to policymakers.

LETTERS

• Start a letter-writing campaign using the facts and data provided in the Toolkit. The letter should be addressed to leaders in your community and officials who are perpetuating the war on drugs. These leaders may include: prosecutors, lawmakers, religious leaders, heads of correctional facilities and local jails.

STORIES

• Compile a list of personal stories and testimonials about the impacts of the war on drugs on families, veterans, young people, immigrants, and people of color. Share them online and with your local publications.

ON CAMPUS

• Start an “End the Drug War” club on a college or university campus and join on-campus groups advocating for sensible drug policies.

SOCIAL MEDIA

• Use social media and social networking events to highlight the failure of the drug war. Facebook, Twitter and similar sites are a way to reach a large number of people.

VOLUNTEER

• Support local organizations working with people who have struggled with drug misuse, people that have criminal records because of a drug conviction, or people who have lost a loved one to drug overdose.

FAITH COMMUNITY

• Schedule a meeting with your local faith or religious leader and share your concerns about the local and national impacts of the failed war on drugs.