Now it’s official! The 2018 Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action was the largest to date! On [or around] 26 June, this sixth Day of Action mobilised thousands of people in over 220 cities of 98 countries to call for an end to the war on drugs. We all face different challenges in our communities, but we are united by the realisation that drug policies must be based on public health and human rights.
Once again this year, the courage and ingenuity of participants worldwide translated our common advocacy for harm reduction and decriminalisation into the most varied and exciting activities:
- A large-format mural and information stand in Bogotá.
- A ‘cake-off’ with health professionals and clients, in Cape Town, South Africa.
- An ephemeral “drug store” installation in Rennes, France.
- A series of public talks with the public and decision-makers, in Port-Louis, Mauritius.
- A float parade in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone.
- A flash mob in several tube stations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- A mobile information and legal advice unit in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
- A silent march of remembrance, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- A press conference in Parliament, in Rome, Italy.
- A lunchtime event on drug policy reform and the role of first nations, in Wellington, New Zealand.
What is the next step?
We have launched a Feedback Form to hear from your experiences with the Global Day of Action. The form is very important for the growth of #SupportDontPunish, as it will:
- Help us compile information and share it with our growing movement;
- Learn from our pending challenges and make more of our achievements;
- Continue to make the case for the importance of funding grassroots advocacy campaigning.
Why 26th June?
26th June is the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – a day that on which many governments celebrate their contributions to the global ‘war on drugs’. In the past, some governments have even commemorated this day by holding public executions or beatings of drug offenders.
By taking part in the Global Day of Action, you can help to “reclaim” the message on this important day.
26th June is also the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – an ironic coincidence given the widespread torture and abuse suffered in the name of the war on drugs.
What can you do this year?
The aim for the Global Day of Action is to produce high-profile and visually symbolic local actions. It is your choice to decide what these actions are. And this decision depends on what is feasible and affordable, what works best in the local context, and what you think will have the greatest impact. The numbers involved can range from 10 or 20 people, to more than 100 people in some cities. We hope that the examples from other cities can serve as inspiration as well. One of the greatest impacts that the campaign can have is through attracting positive media attention and raising awareness of the campaign issues. We recommend that local partners engage with the local media ahead of 26th June.
The only requirement we ask is that these actions are connected to the global campaign by using the SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH logo. This could be on t-shirts, banners, posters, reports or other materials.
By using the same logo, we tie together all local actions and demonstrate that they are all part of a coordinated global effort. You may also decide to use the Support. Don’t Punish logo alongside that of your organisation, your partners, and other campaigns.
Read our How-To Guides
Check out these step-by-step guides to help you organise your actions on 26th June:
- Gatherings, Marches & Flash Mobs
- Sports & Music Events
- Non-Permanent Street Art
- 2018 Media Advisory Guide
For more guides, including communications and media engagement, and other campaign resources, please see the Global Day of Action resources page.