Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the War on Drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalization of people who use drugs. To view the campaign’s primary messages, visit their website.The campaign creates visibility and awareness over both global issues facing people who use drugs and also local campaigns in areas where events are organized. There are three primary components to the campaign:
Social Media Engagement: Using #SupportDontPunish, everyone is encouraged to post photos, articles, and news stories relevant to the campaign’s messages both on June 26th and the days leading up to it. Follow @SDPcampaign on twitter as well as the official Facebook Page. You can also change your Facebook cover photo for the day.
Global Day of Action: On June 26th, join thousands of activists worldwide by organizing or participating in an action in your city calling for an end to the global drug war. Actions can range from public demonstrations, to film screenings, to street art/performances, to academic events.
In previous years, SSDP chapters across the world have organized actions and contributed to the campaign’s photo project. Here are some examples of what chapters have done in the past:
June 26th is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – a day when 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 “reclaim” this message on this important day.
How Do I Get Involved?
Participate in a Local Action
If you live near a major city or large population area and want to see if there is already an event being planned near you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the official 2018 Day of Action page. We will let you know when the action is planned for, what is going on, and who to contact about getting involved.
Share your photo to join thousands around the world!
SSDP Pakistan members posing for the Photo Project last year.
Don’t have time to go to an event or organize one yourself? No worries! One of the key components to Support Don’t Punish is the interactive photo project to which you can easily contribute. Just download the campaign poster, take your photo, and then send it to email@example.com to be uploaded on the website, Facebook, and Flickr. Send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org as well so we can show it off on our website and social media pages.Remember to use #SupportDontPunish with all social media posts, along with #StartMakingSense where appropriate.
Ready to Get Started?
Contact your chapter’s Outreach Coordinator and schedule a call to talk about your ideas. You can also feel free to reach out to International Program Manager Jake Agliata at email@example.com if you have broader questions about the campaign.