The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs and the American Criminal Justice System

Filmmaker Charles Shaw will be present for a premiere screening in Spokane this week, and you are invited.

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other country of the world. Exile Nation is a documentary collection of testimony from formerly incarcerated people, their family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system that tracks the US government’s steady, 40-year, trillion-dollar social catastrophe of the war on drugs, and the movement to counter it.

The screening and discussion with the filmmaker will be in Spokane on Friday, July 15th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave, Spokane, Washington. Admission is $10 at the door, supportive contributions much appreciated, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Two segments of Exile Nation feature November Coalition’s leaders, Nora Callahan and Chuck Armsbury, who will also be present at the July screening. November Coalition, a national group with an office in Colville, Washington, was founded in 1997 to warn fellow citizens of exploding prison populations due to the war on drugs.

Award-winning journalist Shaw serves as Editor for the openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, collaborative projects of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Tedworth Charitable Trust. Charles Shaw was also a contributing author to the 2008 Shift Report from the Institute for Noetic Sciences; Planetizen’s Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press). In 2009 he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism.

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This event is sponsored by November Coalition, PJALS, and Spokane’s No New Jail Coalition.