City: Brixton, London
Organisations: Lambeth Service User Council
Food and refreshments will be provided along with harm reduction information and naloxone to take home. Participants will also be invited to join the Interactive Photo project of the campaign, and t-shirts will be distributed.
City: Parliament Square, London
Organisations: Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Anyone’s Child
There was mass lobby of Parliament, followed by a public action and an evening event in parliament for politicians and increased dialogue and awareness.
Transform plans to stage an event outside the Houses of Parliament to attract press and public attention. This is still being developed, but will involve a strong visual concept giving the press a great photo opportunity. Anyone’s Child family activists will join the Support Don’t Punish team, talking to the press about their stories and engaging members of the public. Then move as a group to lobby MPs en masse. The Anyone’s Child family and activist groups will be telling their real life stories of how prohibition failed to keep their loved ones safe. They will call on politicians to speak out for drug policy that better protects people. Conclude the day by holding a public event in Parliament hosted by Crispin Blunt MP, who is an outspoken and well known figure, to further demonstrate the growing support for reform.