2015

Day of Action 2015

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Harm Reduction International (HRI) and Reprieve organised a Parliamentary meeting in London on 23rd June focusing on human rights, drug control and the death penalty. In Sheffield, there was a stall for leaflets and t-shirts to discuss the campaign at the Golden Harvest Cafe and a street chalk art took place in Bournemouth. In Bedford, SUSSED organised a small gathering downtown.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

In London, Release and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) held a large protest outside of the Houses of Parliament. More than 80 supporters gathered in front of a giant poster depicting the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose own calls for drug policy reform have disappeared since he came into power. To coincide with the protest, Release also sent an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by more than 80 high-profile figures and organisations – including Sir Richard Branson, Sting and Russell Brand. At the same time, smaller events were also held in Liverpool and Manchester – with Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK distributing posters and leaflets to promote the campaign.




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2014

Day of Action 2014

In London, Release and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) held a large protest outside of the Houses of Parliament. More than 80 supporters gathered in front of a giant poster depicting the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose own calls for drug policy reform have disappeared since he came into power. To coincide with the protest, Release also sent an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by more than 80 high-profile figures and organisations – including Sir Richard Branson, Sting and Russell Brand. At the same time, smaller events were also held in Liverpool and Manchester – with Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK distributing posters and leaflets to promote the campaign.

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2013

Day of Action 2013

 

 

 

In the United Kingdom, the “Support. Don’t Punish” Day of Action was held in London and Bournemouth.

The London event, coordinated by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the International Drug Policy Consortium, gathered around 70 people wearing “Support. Don’t Punish” T-shirts and Richard Nixon masks near the Parliament and Westminster Abbey, to demonstrate against the war on drugs. Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, joined the demonstration and called for the decriminalisation of drug use and for an independent review of the effectiveness of the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The demonstration was animated with drums music, attracting the attention of passers-by and MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert, who showed support for the campaign.

The Bournemouth event was organised by Chalk4Change, and involved street art to call for the end of the criminalisation and imprisonment of people who use drugs.

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