Ladybud Web Show 11/22 featuring Art Way, National Criminal Justice Reform Strategy & Colorado Director of Drug Policy Alliance
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The Ladybud Web Show on Livestream which broadcasts every Tuesday from 12:30 – 1:30 MST in Denver, Colorado at SoHi Gallery and Hoodlab Colorado will feature Art Way of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Art Way is a Senior Director for DPA’s National Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and State Director for DPA’s Colorado Office. Hosts Diane Fornbacher and Crystal Guess will be interviewing him about steps to take for concerned citizens who want to keep drug policy reform rolling forward during a Trump administration, how to strengthen local communities and movements, compassion and sensibility as it pertains to addicts and harm reduction strategies. As Senior Director, Art co-leads an internal process to generate a multi-year criminal justice reform strategy to guide DPA’s efforts in the field and is responsible for establishing DPA’s criminal justice policy and advocacy priorities. And as always, The Ladybud Web Show will feature inspirational reflections, quotes and excerpts from cultural and philosophical literature.
LINK: Art’s Writing
More about Art via Drug Policy Alliance:
Art brings substantial public policy and criminal justice reform experience to DPA. He is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law where he was appalled at the gap between our constitutional liberties and what he witnessed growing up during the escalation of the drug war in the 1980s. Prior to joining DPA, Art directed the Racial Justice Program at the Colorado Progressive Coalition, where he worked to halt the overrepresentation of people of color in the state’s criminal justice system. He successfully spearheaded a legislative campaign amending state law regarding police duties during searches. As a result, Colorado has the only consent-to-search legislation in the nation that protects pedestrians as well as motorists.
A belief in the ills of mass incarceration and drug war policies fuel Art’s desire to manage DPA’s efforts in Colorado, where his work involves minimizing the role of the criminal justice system in addressing drug-related issues. This work includes the passage and implementation of overdose prevention efforts, such as third-party naloxone distribution and the state’s 911 Good Samaritan law. Art has also been deeply involved in the passage and implementation of Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, and has travelled domestically and internationally as a speaker addressing this historic policy shift.