Join Johann Hari and Jenny Valentish for an exclusive movie screening of The United States vs. Billie Holiday
You are invited to an exclusive movie screening at the iconic Astor Theatre to celebrate Support. Don't Punish day on Saturday 26th June.
The movie, based on the book Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari, tells how the war on drugs began in the United States in the 1930s, when Harry Anslinger, then head of the FBI, hounded the famous jazz singer Billie Holiday to her death over her narcotics addiction. The movie won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress and was also nominated for an Oscar.
Come along and join Johann Hari live from London talking about the backstory to the movie with journalist and fellow author Jenny Valentish.
Johann Hari is the best selling author of an excellent book: "Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” and is the main patron of Drug Policy Australia.
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
If you haven’t watched Johann's TED Talk its a classic viewed over 6 million times on Youtube and 10 million times on the TED Talk website. He talks about "Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong" and is a must-listen for anyone interested in drug policy and societies attitudes to drugs and addiction.
Addiction is the opposite of Connection
Understanding addiction is essential to developing effective evidence-based drug policy.
Johann Hari explores the nature of addiction and how society should respond to addiction, with drug policies that treat the cause of addictive behaviour.
Johann Hari's ideas have enormous implications for how we as a society deal with addiction. Unfortunately, existing policies that criminalise, vilify and demean those addicted to drugs reinforces and stimulates their addictions. The question Johann asks is, how should we as a society respond to addiction?
Johann Hari at the Melb Town Hall
Johann Hari spoke at the Melbourne Town Hall on the 20th Sept 2018 on Why Australia Should Decriminalise Drugs. His books Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections have been an international bestseller and can be purchased here.
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