Press Release: Solidarity with Public Sector Pay Strikes (30th June, 2011)

Activists from the Re:Vision Drug Policy Network picketed and marched at cities and towns across the country today in support of local strikers. Re:Vision Drug Policy Network is a young person-led organisation that campaigns for an effective drug policy based on harm reduction.

The protesters supported the 750,000 strong strike with banners and posters declaring “Don”t cut drug services, pay and pensions. The strike has been called by several unions in disputes over recently announced changes to the public pension system by the coalition government. Over 100,000 teachers could stay at home and force thousands of schools to close for the day.

“Young people will not benefit from the loss of their teachers, not today, but in the future as tougher working conditions and decreased pay and benefits drive many out of the profession” said campaigner Elizabeth Cabeza, who protested in London today. “I”m supporting the strike action today as a young person and as a drug law reformer because if the government cuts education and health services, drug treatment and drug education will be the first to go”.

Sarah McCulloch, protesting today from her hometown of Chelmsford, said, “I went to school here. The government spends £13billion a year on a ineffective, pointless war on drugs. Then it says it can”t afford to support my teachers properly. It”s very important that as drug policy activists we make sure people know these cuts are ideological and that we support the people who are at the thin end of the wedge.”

Addaction reports that funding for some young people”s projects is down by as much as 50%. These projects educate young people about drugs and give them the information they need to resist peer pressure and make informed decisions. Local drug and alcohol treatment services are dependant on funding from local councils, which will not prioritise drug users – Coventry and Warwickshire have already cut their drug user services funding by 25%, even though there is a strong link between heroin use and acquisitive crime.

The Re:Vision Drug Policy Network is a national network of young people speaking out to create the belief that a drug policy based on the ideas of human welfare and human rights is both possible and necessary. We are seeking to empower all young people aged 16-25 to campaign for effective drug policies, control and regulation, and harm reduction methods. The Drug War is fought in the name of youth, so it is essential that we as young people argue for an end to punitive, harmful drug laws.


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Update: Breaking the Taboo and Other News

Dear drug law reformers,

today sees the online premiere of the ground-breaking Breaking the Taboo, a documentary about the drug war. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows the Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.

Another film about how the drug war is a failure will not be new to many of us, but this is one of the first times that so many public and political figures have been willing to admit that the project that they themselves in many cases worked on has been a failure and that we need something different. Coming on top of the first referenda in the world to legalise cannabis by public mandate in Colorado and Washington, we can finally see the cracks in Prohibition starting to cave in. Inspired or spurred on by the referenda, numerous other states are now looking at a range of other solutions, including Uruguay”s proposed state monopoly of cannabis.

You can watch Breaking the Taboo here.

Our review is here.

The House I Live In

If you haven”t had your fill of celebrity-studded award-winning gritty documentaries about the drug war, The House I Live In, sponsored by Brad Pitt and Danny Glover and directed by Eugene Jarecki, will be airing with a Panel Q&A following at the Oval in London on the 11th December. Tickets are on sale here.

Some Re:Vision folks will be going, so please get in touch if you are too and would like to meet up.

On the Blog

Finally, our latest blogposts:

* The Royal Baby and Drug Policy

* Attitudes need to be Changed Towards Hard Drugs

* Drug Decriminalisation: a Good Idea, but Not Enough

* Drugs on Trial Live Vs the Real Scandal of Modern Medicine