DOPE IS DEATH

DOPE IS DEATH

DOPE IS DEATH

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
By the early 1970s, heroin was flooding the streets of New York City. Black and Puerto Rican neighbourhoods like Harlem and the South Bronx were hardest hit. This four part podcast series explores how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of the late Tupac Shakur, along with members of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America. Over the course of the 1970s, the Lincoln Detox People’s Program became a fixture of hope in the South Bronx and detoxed thousands of people off of drugs. DOPE IS DEATH explores why this program was considered a threat to the political and social stability of the United States. And how its brightest star, celebrated community activist and healer Dr. Mutulu Shakur, ended up one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted until he was captured and convicted of RICO conspiracy. Today, 34 years later, Dr. Mutulu Shakur remains incarcerated. Civil rights hero or enemy of the state? DOPE IS DEATH dives deep into the history of COINTELPRO and other legal tools that law enforcement can utilize to repress political dissidents.
  1. August 31, 2020
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    Episode 1 – ‘Come On, Put The Pins In!’
    Thousands of individuals across America struggling with opioid and heroin addiction are benefitting from a 5 point ear acupuncture protocol called NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association). In this first ep…
  2. August 31, 2020
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    Episode 2 – ‘Radical Roots of Acupuncture’
    In episode 2 of DOPE IS DEATH activist, professor and author Johanna Fernandez takes us back to the late 1960s and early 1970s during the height of the heroin plague that ravaged Puerto Rican and Black communit…
  3. August 31, 2020
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    Episode 3 – ‘Acupuncture Needles – Tools of Healing…
    The Lincoln Detox program consisted of acupuncture to treat the withdrawal symptoms and political education classes to treat the psychological vulnerabilities associated with drug use. In episode 3 we talk abou…
  4. August 31, 2020
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    Episode 4 – ‘Policing the Minds of the People’
    In this final episode of DOPE IS DEATH we will talk about why Dr. Mutulu Shakur is still in prison after 34 years. And how far the government will go to use the criminal legal system to shut down political move…

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