2021 Global Day of Action: Undoing the ‘war’, building the future that our communities have always deserved

50 years ago, the government of the United States launched a ‘war on drugs’ that would tragically define the decades to come.

The idea that the challenges posed by drugs could be addressed through an ‘all-out offensive’ spread like wildfire across the globe, primed by international agreements produced against the backdrop of political expediency and bigotry, rather than evidence and empathy.

The consequences have been devastating. Some of them can be counted in the millions who have been arrested, incarcerated, and lost prematurely to wholly preventable deaths. But most of the impacts, reflected in personal stories of pain, trauma, and exclusion, cannot be reduced to numbers.

Every year, on 26 June, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign mobilises in reaction to this violence and this loss, to build sustainable alternatives that end cycles of punishment and marginalisation, and rather advance our communities’ health, human rights and well-being.

This year has been no exception. Still under the sign of a disrupting and catastrophic global pandemic, Support. Don’t Punish campaigners rose up to the challenge of mobilising in over 260 cities of 96 countries (a record!) for sustainable alternatives to the failed ‘war on drugs’ that centre the health and well-being of our communities instead of punishment and criminalisation. 💚

The huge (in size and importance!) task of collecting information about your experiences and impact is ongoing. Please, fill the ‘Feedback form’ below so that we can share your story with the world and continue to improve this global show of solidarity.

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