first_imgStudents and fellows packed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Tuesday, just before the State of the Union address, for a screening of the award-winning documentary “The House I Live In.” Following the screening, there was a Q-and-A with writer-director Eugene Jarecki and Professor Charles J. Ogletree, who is interviewed in the film.Produced by Hollywood notables such as Danny Glover and Brad Pitt, “House” is a riveting look at many aspects of the war on drugs. Jarecki has taken the film to the streets, with screenings in churches and community centers across the country. His goal is to get his message to where people need to hear it, he said, so after a showing in Roxbury on Monday, he brought it to the Kennedy School.During the screening, the audience gasped and laughed, sighed and choked up. When it was over, Jarecki, kicking off the Q-and-A, was blunt: “Capitalism in its form that we are seeing in the United States right now is an enemy to democracy.”Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, was on hand to answer questions because, he said, it’s important “to make people understand what has happened the last few decades,” and that the war on drugs and mass incarceration are problems “affecting every community.”Shanequa Benitez was featured in the film “The House I Live In,” which was screened at the Harvard Kennedy School, followed by a Q-and-A. Treatment is the No. 1 goal, agreed Jarecki and Ogletree. Photo courtesy of Samuel CullmanThe drug war’s “industrial inhumanities,” said Jarecki, do have a solution: an end to the war on drugs.Jarecki and Ogletree both hit one word like a drum throughout the conversation. “Treatment,” they insisted, should replace the drug war model. Treatment, they said, would make drugs a public health problem, rather than an issue handled by law enforcement.“Treatment is not our No. 1 goal, but it has to be,” said Ogletree. “We have to start that dialogue here. They [drug users] are people too.” He also called for an end to mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug defendants.Jarecki took care, in the film and during the Q-and-A, to describe the issue not as one of race, but class.The drug war “is not on anyone’s agenda,” said Ogletree, adding that President Obama probably wouldn’t mention it during his State of the Union address (he didn’t).“We have to start right here, right now. [We’ve got] to stop this incredible use and misuse of power that has millions of people in jail and going to jail.”The evening was co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership’s Student Advisory Board, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, the Criminal Justice Professional Interest Council, the Harvard Black Law Students Association, the Harvard Kennedy School Black Student Union, and the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee.last_img read more

first_img The snow tubing park at Wisp is a must-try with 2 conveyor carpets that do all work to get you up the hill while you can focus on the fun of going down.  The Mid-Atlantic’s only Mountain Coaster is next to the snow tubing park and operates year-round.  Be sure to bundle up as the Mountain Coaster can reach speeds up to 29 mph but don’t worry, riders can control the level of fun with hand brakes on the side of each coaster cart. Tucked away in the mountainous corner of Western Maryland, lies Wisp Resort.  With 33 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find something fun and exciting.  The Learning Center at Sundown Village caters to first-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders by making the process as easy as possible with everything located in one place.  It’s also a unique place, made up of 8 50’ yurts, with 3 yurts dedicated to the adult learning center and 2 for the Wisp Kids learning program. Located just 14 miles off of I-68, Wisp is highly accessible to the Baltimore and DC Metro areas but the climate is worlds away from those cities.  Garrett County receives an average of 100” of snow annually and, during a typical winter, neighboring Deep Creek Lake is frozen solid enough to welcome ice fisherman and snowmobilers.center_img A bustling base area at Wisp offers the McHenry Lodge with various restaurants and bars, shopping outlets and a day skier area with 30’ high windows looking up at the slopes.  In addition to the various food courts on property, Wisp Resort offers two full-service restaurants with feature items that will please all palates, including vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Take a look menus for Wispers Bar & Grill and DC’s Bar & Restaurant. Connected to the main building is The Lodge at Wisp, a ski-in/ski-out hotel that just got better – $3.7 million better!  Last year, a 3-year renovation project was completed, boasting renovation of 169 hotel rooms, a new entrance with porté cochere, waterfall, landscaping, firepits, new lobby and front desk, renovated meeting and function space with new audio visual equipment and a new fitness center.  Take a look at the lodging packages available with activities already built in. The Wisp Escape Games were added in 2017, which feature two distinctly different escape rooms.  A great family and team building activity to try after hitting the slopes all day. With all of these options, your family is bound to have a grand adventure at Wisp Resort – Maryland’s only four season destination for outdoor recreation.  last_img read more