COMMUNITY FORUM: Iberoamerican Psychedelic Research, Therapy, and Culture
Ismail Ali and Igor Llano
Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Oakland Room
Psychedelic science, therapy, and culture is a global movement which has developed in a wide variety of contexts. Latin America is both a leader and the next frontier in drug policy reform, psychedelic therapy, and psychedelic culture, and now is a crucial time for its communities to unite in pushing this movement forward. Today, researchers in Brazil, Colombia, and Chile are beginning to organize MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD psychotherapy research; advocates in Mexico are leading the way with drug war activism; and the ayahuasca boom has tied Peru and other central-South American countries to the greater drug policy conversation once again. We invite allies and enthusiasts from Latin American or Spanish-speaking countries to this facilitated group workshop, where Ismail and Igor will facilitate a two-part meeting focusing on the present state and the next steps of psychedelic research and therapy. First, there will be some time to drop in via a semi-structured open discussion. Then Igor will lead a Dream Circle exercise where together we will co-create a vision for the future. All are welcome.
Ismail Ali earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016, after receiving his Bachelor’s in Philosophy from California State University, Fresno, in 2012. As a law student, among leading and participating in other extracurricular activities which focused primarily on human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice, he also worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project. In addition, Ismail served as co-lead of Berkeley Law’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, where he coordinated events that helped educate the law school community about entheogens, challenge the stigma associated with psychedelic drug use, and critique the racial dynamics of the emerging cannabis industry in California. To support his work at MAPS, Ismail received Berkeley Law’s Public Interest Fellowship, a fellowship which provides funding for qualified Berkeley Law graduates who pursue legal work in the public interest. Ismail believes that psychedelic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms, and that legal access to psychedelics is an essential part of a progressive drug policy paradigm. He hopes to help develop and advocate for just, equitable, and creative alternatives to the failed war on drugs.