CANCELED: Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 6:30PM—Please Join Me for a Public Forum on Ending the Failed War on Drugs

February 20, 2018

Due to expected inclement weather, tonight's forum is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Throughout my career serving in Congress and local government, I’ve been critical of the disastrous impacts of the War on Drugs. This decades-long, $1 trillion policy failure has criminalized the most marginalized among us. Americans struggling with homelessness, mental illness, and addiction have been hit hardest, particularly in low-income communities of color. Here in Oregon and across the nation, we are struggling with how to address these intersecting crises, and people everywhere are realizing that incarceration is not the answer.

Jailing those most in need of our support has only served to worsen their plight and further destabilize under-resourced communities. If we intend to make all of our communities safer, healthier, and more humane places, we need to truly address criminal justice reform, homelessness, and mental health and addiction by ending the failed War on Drugs and paving a new path forward.

As I continue gathering information about comprehensive solutions, I want to hear from you.

I'm hosting a public forum to discuss what we can do about this issue together. I want to hear your ideas and questions about ending the failed federal War on Drugs.

Who: My remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Executive Director of the Avel Gordley Center for Healing at OHSU;
  • Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center;
  • Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, President & CEO of Central City Concern; and
  •  Shannon Wight, Deputy Director of Partnership for Safety and Justice    When: CANCELED

Where: First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Transportation and parking: Please consider taking public transportation, biking, or walking. First Christian Church is accessible via the MAX Green and Yellow lines; the Portland Streetcar; numerous bus lines, and Biketown. Plan your trip here. ADA entry is available. Street parking is available. Additionally, there is a parking garage located on SW Jefferson Street, between SW Broadway and SW Park Avenue. The entrance is on SW Jefferson Street under Ladd Tower.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues. I hope to see you on the 20th.



Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress