Meet and Greet
Location: Stage II, Storyville Hall
Stay around the hotel on Wednesday night, meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. Grab a late night pizza or dessert & coffee in Stage II, enjoy the jazz music, check out the art gallery & exhibits, and meet at least a half dozen new people. It’s the CCDA way!
Location: Strand 12
It’s back! After a 3 year hiatus, Salsa Dancing is back. All are welcome, beginners and old pros. Don’t know how to salsa? No worries…the first hour will be primarily teaching the steps, then the party starts. This is a great way to meet new friends and hang out with friends you haven’t seen for a while on the opening night of the conference!
Running with Noel
Location: Meet in the Main Lobby
Running with Noel is now a CCDA tradition. Start your day off with an early morning run/walk led by the CEO of CCDA, Noel Castellanos.
Film Screening: The House I Live In
Location: Celestin Ballroom D & E
In forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war — a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights implications.
The film recognizes the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, and investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant this symptom is most often treated as a cause for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that largely feeds on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, the film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for 40 years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.
Why this film?
In 2010, CCDA began the annual Justice Film Festival in conjunction with the National Conference. This year’s conference in New Orleans will focus on just one film, The House I Live In. This film will help set the stage for Michelle Alexander’s presentation in Friday morning’s plenary session and the subsequent panel discussion.
Stick around after the screening for a discussion about the implications and connections between America’s war on drugs and issues of mass incarceration led by Pastor Matthew Watts and Dr. Angela Sedeno (contributors to Friday morning’s panel on mass incarceration).
Lifelines Campaign Luncheon with Michelle Alexander
Location: Strand 13
Cost: $15 (Tickets available at on-site Registration)
The Lifelines to Healing Campaign is a national effort of the PICO National Network that aims to address the root causes of violence in cities. “No community is immune from gun violence. We have all felt the pain of losing someone close to us too soon,” said Pastor Michael McBride, who leads the Lifelines to Healing Campaign. Learn more about the Lifelines Campaign from Michael McBride and hear more from Michelle Alexander.
Open Mic Night
Location: Celestin Ballroom
Hosted by New Orleans Hip Hop artist and pastor, Corey Hicks and Newark Hip Hop artist and teacher, Lionel King. Friday evening’s Open Mic Night offers attendees the chance to display skills of poetry, prose, and verse, alongside scheduled performances, with musical performances by the house band. Sign up at the Information Booth in Stage II. You must be a registered CCDA National Conference attendee in order to participate (show your name tag). Performances have a strict 4-minute time limit.