Closing: Why is Ending the War on Drugs a Jewish and Psychedelic Imperative?

A Discussion Featuring Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, Mitchell Gomez, Paula Graciela Avila Kahn, Rabbi Arthur Green, Yitz Jordan, Ethan Nadelmann PhD and Rachel Wissner
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), DanceSafe, Cosmovisiones Ancestrales, Freedom for Immigrants, Hebrew College, TribeHerald, Drug Policy Alliance and Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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Drug prohibition has always been a tool of scapegoating and criminalizing indigenous practices and people of color. As a Jewish people, we are no strangers to racism, religious persecution and scapegoating. To end the Drug War is a form of tikun olam—repair the world—ending unjust policies that undermine freedom everywhere.

Stay with us as we end our day and our first Jewish Psychedelic Summit with a birkat siyum - a closing and grounding blessing - from Rabbi Arthur Green.

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg co-founded the Jewish Psychedelic Summit. She is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where she works to disentangle science from political partisanship, and to create safe, equitable and regulated access to psychedelics, and all criminalized substances.

Mitchell Gomez

Mitchell Gomez is a graduate of New College of Florida (whose Alumni included the founders of Erowid, MAPS and the Zendo Project), and has his Masters from CU Denver.

Paula Graciela Avila Kahn

Paula [Pow-la] is a performance artist and movement strategist working at the intersections of indigenous rights, racial justice, migrant & environmental justice, drug policy, feminism, historical memory, decarceration, demilitarization and healing justice.

Rabbi Arthur Green

Art Green is a student and teacher of the Jewish mystical tradition, as well as a neo-Hasidic theologian, for over fifty years. His 1968 essay "Notes from the Jewish Underground: On Psychedelics and Kabbalah" was one of the first things published on this topic.

Ethan Nadelmann PhD

Ethan has played a leading role in harm reduction and other drug policy reform efforts in the United States and globally since the late 1980s.

Rachel Wissner

Rachel Wissner is the Director of Development and Communications of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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