Support. Don’t Punish.


A global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the criminalization of people who use drugs.

If you’ve been following along, you already know that I stand against the War on Drugs. Fortunately, the failures of meeting economic activity with a militarized law enforcement response are becoming more recognized, and several movements for drug policy reform are growing. Support. Don’t Punish is one of them.

From their website, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign aims to:

  • Change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions for people who use drugs.
  • Raise awareness about the need to stop criminalising (‘punishing’) people for using drugs.
  • Raise awareness about the need for greater funding and attention for essential health services and other ‘support’ for people who use drugs.
  • Promote respect for the human rights of people who use drugs.
  • Engender public support for drug reform.

This Thursday afternoon, Support. Don’t Punish is hosting a global day of action for drug policy reform.

June 26 is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and also the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this day, governments around the world celebrate their contributions to the global war on drugs, in some cases even commemorating this day by holding public executions or beatings of drug offenders.

NYC is helping to reclaim this day by becoming involved in the 2nd annual Global Day of Action, along with over 80 other cities around the world.”

Join us at the United Nations Headquarters (Corner of 1st Ave & E 47th St) at 2pm for a rally for smarter, more effective drug policy. Find more information on the event Facebook page.


Visit the Center for Theory of Change, Tuesday 3/18 in NYC


A few weeks ago, Theory of Change was discovered by the Center for Theory of Change, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of the Theory of Change model, especially in international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change. I’m really glad to be in touch with the folks there, as developing and sharing knowledge about how we can most effectively change the world is a particular passion of mine.

So, I’m pleased to share an opportunity for those of you in New York City to meet the team at CTOC and join them on the evening of Tuesday, March 18th for the launch of a new Corelab report, “9 Ways to Change the World?: Theories of change for engaging people on global issues.” If you’re in the city, check out the event details below. (If you’re not, you can still access the report and the great learning from both orgs online.)

I won’t be able to make it – I’ll be over at the Yes Lab that evening – but if you get out to the event, let me know how it went, who you met, and what you learned!

Corelab and the Center for Theory of Change  are delighted to invite you to the:

Launch of 9 Ways to Change the World

A Corelab Briefing on Theories of Change for Engaging People on Global Issues

When: Tuesday 18th March
Time: 6:30-8:30 EST
Where: CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave,  6th floor, Room 6304.01
New York  10016

May Miller-Dawkins, Head of Research at Corelab and Author of 9 Ways to Change the World
Peggy Hicks, Director of Global Advocacy, Human Rights Watch
Jose Luis Diaz, Head of Amnesty International’s New York Office
Hannah Weitzer, Program Manager, Global Nomads Group

Join us for the launch and an evening of discussion and debate about theories of change to engage people on global issues.

RSVP now (to reserve your spot) to:  Zabi Rahat of Center for Theory of Change
Hosted by Actknowledge

Download and Review the Briefing Here

Let’s raise some peace, and a glass, together.


If you’re in New York City, a not-to-be-missed event: New York Peace Institute’s Peaceraiser!

Your purchase of a ticket will help allow New York Peace Institute continue to offer free mediation and other services in New York City.

The details:

Date:    Thursday, November 14, 2013

Time:    6:00-8:00pm

Location:    The TAI Group, 150 W. 30th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY

Ticket Price:    $100

Attire:    Come as you are.

Tickets & more info.


“Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this!”

We get that a lot, when people first hear there’s a 100% free way to resolve disputes in a matter of hours, rather than spending a bazillion dollars in legal fees and infinity time in litigation and and living with an aggravation level cranked up to 11.

The thing is, we need your to help raise awareness of this amazing service, and to help ensure that everyone in our city can get it for free.

We’ve touched the lives of more than 20,000 people since our launch in 2011. We’ve seen fisticuffs morph into hugs, family scars heal over, and communities coalesce after collective trauma. I’ve been in this field for going on 20 years, and I still get chills down my spine when I think about the impact we’ve had on so many people’s lives. (I’ll see a chiropractor about that).

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Brooklyn: Share Your Street Harassment Stories


Brooklyn: Share Your Street Harassment Stories

Catcalls, whistles, “hey baby” – it’s not a compliment, it’s street harassment. And if you’re a woman in New York City, it’s probably happened to you.

It’s annoying to be told to “smile!” because men on the street are not entitled to our attention. It’s frightening when ignoring that “hey mama….” turns to “bitch! I’m talking to you!” and a man following you down the street… And it all amounts to a constant reminder that our bodies are not considered our own. Whistles and yells are the least of it when we carry the fear that it could be so much worse.

If this sounds familiar to you, now there’s something you can do about it. Women and men around the world are organizing to end end gender-based harassment, and we’re doing it with humor, art, music, film, activism, and safe spaces.

Stop Street Harassment is part of this global movement, and on Saturday, July 13 we’re collecting stories from Brooklyn and NYC. If you live in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn or identify as a queer woman of color, come share your stories of street harassment in one of two discussion groups. Your experiences will help Stop Street Harassment and the Harlow Project in our work to make public spaces safe for everyone.  But more importantly, sharing your story in a safe space can take the edge off the fear, help you heal, and remind you that it’s not your fault.

Discussion Group 1:

Community members of the Bed-Stuy Neighborhood area are invited to share their experiences and stories with street harassment in the area, 12 – 1 p.m. EST.

Discussion Group 2:

Queer women of color from anywhere in the New York City region are invited to talk about their experiences and stories with street harassment. 2-3 p.m. EST.

Both discussions will take place at the Brooklyn Movement Center, 375 Stuyvesant Ave  Brooklyn, NY.

Click through for more details. And we look forward to hearing from you on Saturday!

Peace Economics at UNDP


If you’re in New York City, please join me for a presentation of my research next week! Continue reading

From the Drug War to Peaceful Markets


An exciting event coming up! If you’re in the NYC area, I hope you’ll join me as I present my research at the New York Peace Institute on Friday, October 26th. Flyer and a link to RSVP below. I hope to see you there!


New York Peace Institute and PACT invite you to a PeaceTalk

What is Peace Economics? From the Drug War to Peaceful Markets

with Talia Hagerty

Ojuelos de Jalisco, México, September 2012

Friday, October 26th 2012 (6-8pm)

Do markets build peace? Can economic structures support ongoing violence? The emerging conversation about peace economics explores these and other timely questions. New York Peace Institute and the Center for Global Affairs Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group cordially invite you to add your voice to the conversation and debate, “What is Peace Economics” on Friday, October 26th 2012. Talia Hagerty, a Masters candidate at the Center for Global Affairs, will lead the talk and present her provocative research on peace economics in México.

The PeaceTalk will include an overview of the most recent work in the emerging concept of peace economics and a presentation of Talia’s research in México. In addition to México’s complicated economic history, approximately 50,000 lives have been lost to the drug war since 2006. In light of both the violence and poverty experienced there, México makes an important and fascinating case for understanding peace economics. Without specific warring parties, but with large-scale and organized violence, México’s conflict is difficult to understand and address. Talia argues that México is experiencing violence as market activity – a new framework with significant implications for economic policy, development and human rights work, and peacebuilding. The event will include ample time for discussion of this timely issue.
RSVP Required:

This PeaceTalk is free and open to the public; however, because space is limited, please be sure torsvp here.

Please email Chantal Kim at if you have any questions about the event.

Date & Time: Friday October 26th, 2012 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)

Location: New York Peace Institute, Brooklyn Mediation Center

210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (located between Court and Adams Streets)

Conveniently located near Subways 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, M,N,R to Court Street; G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street; A,C,F to Jay Street


Speaker Bio:

Talia Hagerty is a Masters candidate at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, with a concentration in peacebuilding and peace economics. Her research focuses on informal and illicit economies globally, and the drug trade in Latin America specifically. After completing her master’s thesis – an exploration of economic opportunity and markets in México – Talia aims to work toward peaceful economic structures and opportunities in the Americas. Talia earned a BA in Economics from Eckerd College in 2008, and spent two years working in fair trade at the Center for Cultural Interchange and Greenheart in Chicago. Since moving to New York City in 2010, Talia has worked on violence containment research at the Institute for Economics and Peace and collaborated with regulators, civil society, and the private sector at the environmental consulting firm Matthiessen Strategies.