On 26th June is a global day of action for our community, who join thousands of activists worldwide calling for drug policy reform.
Support Don't Punish is a global advocacy campaign, which calls for drug policies based on health and human rights.
Support. Don’t Punish calls for better drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights. The campaign aims to promote drug policy reform, and to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions.
The Support. Don’t Punish campaign aligns with the following key messages:
The drug control system is broken and in need of reform
People who use drugs should no longer be criminalised
People involved in the drug trade at low levels, especially those involved for reasons of subsistence or coercion, should not face harsh or disproportionate punishments
The death penalty should never be imposed for drug offences
Drug policy in the next decade should focus on health and harm reduction
By 2020, 10% of global resources expended on drug policies should be invested in public health and harm reduction.
Support Don't Punish is quickly becoming a massive global event and campaigning day/week for people who use drugs, harm reductionist's and drug law reformists. Activists and organisations around the world are using the theme Support Don't Punish to raise awareness about the futility of the war on drugs and that the only way forward is a focus on health and harm reduction, not criminalisation and marginalisation . EuroNPUD members/groups use this day as a time to protest outside parliament, prisons, and town halls alongside other groups around the globe.
The excellent Support Don't Punish website contains everything you need to set up your event, from full size banners to print out, tshirts, facebook logos, press releases and statistics, videos and photos of past events and much more.
To get your message across in today's extremely busy world, unified branding together with a unified, clear message that people can easily understand in all languages - is essential and here you will find all the resources you will need for your campaign. It is also a good example of how to pull together all the strands of a campaign to ensure people are able to get involved easily. Be sure to check out this website resource and join in this global day of action. Here is their 'resources' page, and all the information is available in various languages.
The Support. Don’t Punish campaign was originally conceived as part of the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) project