2017

Day of Action 2017

Actions in Portugal were coordinated by APDES, GiruGaia, and Giru Barcelos with the support of CASO, GAT, In-Mouraria, MOVE-SE and EuroNPUD.

In Porto, CASO organised an action focused around crack cocaine harm reduction. Smoking kits were distributed in Cerco, a neighbourhood with noted sale and consumption. In combination with ARRIMO, a harm reduction organisation, there was a more structured training around the smoking of crack and the damage caused by traditional pipes (made of metal or plastic), and the use of damage-reducing pipes made from tempered glass.

GIRUSetúbal/APDES coordinated a street art activity in the city of Setúbal.  Two artists, Explicit Citizens, created a painting inspired by SDP themes. While they worked, GIRUSetúbal distributed flyers to members of the public, communicating the urgent need to defend the rights of PWUD as well as the importance of funding for the area of harm reduction.

In Lisbon, two artists painted another SDP inspired piece in one of the busiest parts of the city. An infostand distributed materials on harm reduction, psychoactive substances, and Support Don’t Punish itself. It was very successful, with lots of engagement from the community.

In Barcelos, for the fourth consecutive year, GIRUBarcelos joined the global Support Don’t Punish campaign focusing on two main messages: protecting the right of PWUD and financing harm Reduction. Campaign information was given to members of the public along with a discussion of the importance of needle and syringe programmes. A mandala-inspired art piece, involving natural materials and the components of a needle and syringe kit, was created further to engage participants.

Media Coverage:

Publico, 25 June 2017: “Apoie. Não Puna”: uma campanha para reflectir sobre a política de droga

Esquerda.net, 26 June 2017: Bloco quer ouvir entidades que promovem redução de riscos para toxicodependentes

Radio Barcelos, 26 June 2017: GIRU Barcelos associa-se à campanha internacional “Support Don’t Punish”, com actividades em Barcelos

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Porto, APDES (Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento) held a public demonstration in front of Porto Council, a metro station and media offices on the 27th June.

CASO joined the event in Porto too by organising an action to clean up the Bairro do Aleixo from injecting equipment. The action aimed to raise awareness of the need to adopt better policies for people who inject drugs, in particular the necessity to open safe injection rooms. An event was then held in Associação Contrabando, during which a number of people received an award for their contribution to questioning the prohibitionist drug policy approach, and the need for a human rights and public health-centred approach. On 27th June, CASO launched an online campaign entitled ‘What if there were a drug consumption room…’, calling on such facilities to be established in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

Media coverage

2015

Day of Action 2015

Working in collaboration with the Portuguese Drug Users Union “CASO”, APDES organised a public event in Porto. Nine teams of citizens, both users and professionals, visited public institutions that have a symbolic and effective power in the life of people using drugs. They invited the main stakeholders of hospitals, courthouse, rehab centres and political parties to join them in both campaigns “Support Don´t Punish” and “Room for Change”. At the end of the morning the all group formally delivered a statement to the Porto’s Mayor at the city council.