Day of Action at Parliament! Support, Don’t Punish!
The call for an end to the Drug War has finally managed to reach its way into the mainstream media and mainstream politics is being forced to face the fact that change is a much needed reality. But we can never rely on the media to get the right message out, and this is why we need to be the ones to deliver it to them ourselves. Who better to speak your voice than you?
On Thursday June 26th the “Support, Don’t Punish” campaign is holding its second annual protest outside Parliament in London to send our MP’s a message about the failed policy that has destroyed millions of lives and affected countless others. The Support, Don’t Punish campaign calls for a harm reduction based approach to problematic drug use instead of the criminal sanctions that are handed out by the criminal courts.
Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director of Release, a charity that specializes in drugs policy and law said “It is important we get as many people there to support as possible, we had 200 last year. We want to send a strong message this year and have a huge 6 meter inflatable billboard to help.”
“David Cameron 10 years ago sat on the home Affairs Select Committee and argued for a change to drugs policy, now he is leading the country it isn’t even on the agenda.”
June 26th is also the day that the UN use to celebrate the Drug War with their International day Against Drug Abuse. Some nations such as China even take it as far as executing their drug prisoners on this day to send out a message; yet after 40 years successive governments continue to fight a problem that only ever seems to get bigger. Using drugs or even becoming an addict is not a crime and should never deserve the death penalty.
Though we are fortunate enough in this country to have abolished the death sentence we still punish people who are found in possession of drugs and our Governments participation in these draconian international drug laws back up the draconian treatment of domestic and international citizens who use drugs.
There will be free t-shirts for those that attend the Support, Don’t Punish campaign and you are advised to start arriving at 10:30am in Parliament Square where the action will start at 11am. Please bring a friend or two, good spirits and a camera to see what there is in store for David Cameron and his Cabinet.
NORML UK will be there with our usual support and banners to take the message of the cannabis community to Parliament alongside so many other great drug policy reform activists from around the country. This is a great opportunity to expand your activist reach and find out more about what is going on this year.
For more information, visit www.supportdontpunish.org, our Facebook page for the London event, and follow us on Twitter (@SDPcampaign). http://release.org.uk. And also http://www.talkingdrugs.org/support-dont-punish