In case you don’t know, June 26th is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day in which many governments celebrate their “achievements” in their war on drug users with public beatings and sometimes public executions of drug offenders. Support. Don’t Punish. is a campaign for us to subvert the narrative of the war on drugs, and take the power back from people who do immense harm to people who use drugs.
So here is what you can do to help raise awareness of this important campaign. On June 26th we would like you to:
- Add a SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. Facebook and Twitter banner to your homepage, and profile pic.
- Print out SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. materials and take a photo of yourself with it, and post to social media using the hashtag #SupportDontPunish
- Hold a SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. event in your area with street signs and other drug policy warriors
2016’s June 26th is coincidentally the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. A big theme of this year’s SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. is demanding an end to using the death penalty for people convicted of drug crimes.
2016’s Support. Don’t Punish. is particularly important given that we just went through the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in April. At that important summit, heads of state and NGOs from around the world met to discuss the future of drug policy.
While the meeting didn’t see a huge change in the mindset of some powerful countries, Canada had a strong showing, promising to introduce legislation to create a regulated market for cannabis and committing to a public health and human rights approach to Canada’s drug policy.
We want this to be the most successful SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. campaign yet. Canada is already leading the way in drug policy on the government level by committing to end cannabis prohibition; let’s show the world how diverse and vibrant our activist community can be.