Guest Post by Youth Intern, Manysa 

“I’d like to see empirical evidence be used in our shaping of public drug policy, so people will have more respect for a policy they know is not capricious…”

This is one of our favorite quotes from the July 24th SYEP trip to see “The House I Live In – Don’t Believe the Hype” documentary film. It was held in the auditorium of El Puente Williamsburg Leadership Center at 211 South 4th Street Brooklyn. A group of 6 youth interns attended as well as Mediation Center staff member, Heather Day.
As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted by some lovely Spanish-American food which the entire group  enjoyed! The event was sponsored by The Brotherhood Sister SOL, We are the Drug Policy Alliance, El Puente Leadership for Peace and SAS Streetwise and Safe. Many other youth were also in attendance from these organizations and all guests were given a chance to mix and mingle before the activities began.
Viewers watched the film,  “The House I Live In” which discussed America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy from the perspectives of inmates, federal officers, politicians and neighbors. Before and after the screening there were games and a group discussion to help everyone reflected on their thoughts of the film and it’s subject matter. It was an uplifting and eye-opening experience!