Originally Posted by kahnabz
They want a WAR.. well I happen to have had my life destroyed by this war.. guess its time to fight.
Originally Posted by RClover
There may be a very select few politicians that have good in them, but and lets be honest they are mostly corrupt and probably never have no real set goal to tackle the problems they say they set out to resolve!
My question is this, what do we need to do to fight effectively, how do we go about replacing myopic leaders, and what can we do to raise public awareness of this murderous tragedy known as the war on drugs
? It's encouraging that DF has 1.5 million readers per month, although globally this is a tiny figure, smaller organisations are already making big waves. Groups like the Global Commission on Drug
Policy, The Beckley Foundation
, Release, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy
reflect the informed opinions of many around the globe.
DF itself has a mission to become a global media phenomenon, our adversaries the prohibitionists have used the media for a long time to good effect. It seems that the media is one place we need to engage them. What else can we come up with, is there something we can be doing at DF to educate and engage others? America has memorials to the fallen in past wars, as do most countries. What about a memorial to all those who have killed, harmed, imprisoned and devastated by what is not just US policy, but international policy on drugs?
Such a memorial could include those lost and devastated on both sides of the fence, drugs users, bystanders (encompassing entire countries such as Mexico), and law enforcement workers. Much attention was rightly paid to the tragedy of 9/11, yet the effects of the war on drugs are many times more terrible. If anything merits a memorial then surely it is this. What format could such a memorial take? A series of plaques in prominent places? An international monument, with names, numbers, and stories of victims? How could we go about organising and funding such a project?
Protests and events run by groups like SSDP
also have an important role. I'd love to attend events and know that we're not just a bunch of separate lunatics howling at the injustice of it all. There is some good footage of SSDP members confronting US politicians on drug policy in our Video
section, and the SSDP website has links to these as well. Guess it's time to see what's going on in the UK for me and start checking for drug policy events and campaigns in the UK. I'd be interested to hear of anything going on in Europe and in the US and elsewhere.
Originally Posted by coolhandluke
wake up, every election you ever vote in is going to be picking the person who will fuck you in the ass as gentle as possible, thats just how it is. its not right, its not good, but its realistic.
But I want to be celibate, I'm tired of even relatively gentle shafting. Politicians, Bleh! Why don't we think about fielding our own candidates on a solely drug reform ticket? If we're pissed off with the sinister clowns who govern us, maybe its time to give them some competition. I don't think many of us would want to enter politics, and we may stand little chance of winning for some time, but it's hard to win a fight without getting stuck in. Come on RClover, run for election and represent me! Let's get drug reform debate fully in the public domain, both in the media and in politics, on everyone's lips.
Trade Unions have a vested interest in providing resistance to current drug laws and policies, especially employment drug testing. I get the impression that US workers and jobseekers who us drugs are sytematically deprived of the right to work and the dignity of privacy. So far in the UK this is not generally an issue, but I fear that this bullshit will float across the pond at some point. Unions would be uniquely placed to coordinate resistance and raise legal and ethical objections. As for compulsory drug testing, what if everyone refused to participate?
Brave peoples around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder and dying to rid themselves of systematic oppression. I don't know if I could every be as courageous as the people of nations like Syria, but their example shows that united and principled resistance is possible. 'Just say no' (to drug testing)! I know how badly we need jobs, but we need freedom well. As you Americans say, everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
These are probably just some highly unrealistic ideas, but I'd like to know what others think, and what ideas you have on how to start a velvet revolution so that we can take over drug policy for the people who it impacts on the most; us and millions like us.