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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse all The ACLU Freedom Files
movies for describing the many areas in which the ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union) defends the rights of all of us.

The ACLU Freedom Files: Drug Wars

The ACLU Freedom Files (2006) - 358 minutes,
Drug Wars - 28 minutes
The ACLU Freedom Files at Amazon.com (The full collection is the least expensive option)

Stripping away sound bites to reveal how civil liberties affect real people every day.

The ACLU Freedom Files features real clients and the attorneys who represent them, along with well-known actors, comedians and activists. By combining real stories and dynamic storytelling, this 10-part series creates a powerful emotional effect that will motivate viewers to action. Other episodes explore such topics as the Patriot Act, the Supreme Court, Racial Profiling and Dissent.

Drug Wars

America's "war on drugs" has done nothing to reduce drug abuse, despite massive spending on law enforcement. Instead, it has diverted resources from fighting other crimes, imposed draconian jail sentences on millions, and prevented people with serious illnesses from accessing medicine that could relieve their suffering.

"Drug Wars" takes you to Hearne, Texas, where 27 young African Americans were arrested in a bust, based on the word of one unreliable informant. Regina Kelly, a mother of four who was jailed in the sweep, took action to prevent such harassment.

Three sisters describe the devastating impact on their family of mandatory minimum sentences. Their mother was sentenced to 27 years in prison because of her involvement with a man who was dealing, though she never sold or used drugs herself.

After Valerie Corral found that marijuana relieved her debilitating seizures, she helped author the first state law allowing the use of medical marijuana and started a hospice. Federal agents stormed her home and arrested her and her husband, but she has continued her fight to help people live their last days with dignity.

Through true stories like these, this episode of The ACLU Freedom Files shows how the "war on drugs" has become a war on the American people.

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The ACLU Freedom Files: Drug Wars

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse all The ACLU Freedom Files
movies for describing the many areas in which the ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union) defends the rights of all of us.