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Launch: The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line by Kojo Koram

28 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pluto Press and Burley Fisher Books are delighted to host the launch for The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line, edited by Kojo Koram and published by Pluto Press.  Kojo will be joined by chair Emma Dabiri.
Why did particularly drugs become illegal? If drugs are illegal for everyone, why do only certain people seem to face punishment for the persistence of the thriving drugs trade?
This book seeks to answer such questions and more by analysing the racist impact of the War on Drugs across multiple continents and in numerous situations.  From racialised drugs policing at festivals in the UK to the necropolitical wars in Juarez, Mexico and from the exchange of drug policing programs between the United States and Israel to the management of black bodies in Brazil, this collection proves that the regulation of drugs and race is an international, and intentional, disaster.
Pushing forward the debate and activism led by groups such as Black Lives Matter and calling for radical changes in drug policy legislation and prison reform, both nationally and internationally, this collection cuts deep and rings true for all people fighting racism today.
Kojo Koram is a lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Emma Dabiri is a visual sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, and teaching fellow in the Africa department at Soas. She has published in a number of academic journals, as well as the national press, and is one of the BBC’s Expert Voices. Her book ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ will be published by Penguin in 2019. She tweets @TheDiasporaDiva  
Free entry, all welcome.


28 March
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm