Support. Don’t Punish.

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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.

Peace Economics at UNDP

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

México ahora: “A widespread youth movement similar to what happened in the Arab countries.”

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Angela Meléndez shared this video on Twitter. Professor John M. Ackerman from Universida Autonoma de México speaks about the protests in reaction to México’s July 1 elections:

Peña Nieto protesters take over Mexico City

Worth taking a look. Angela correctly noted that “this is how BBC and CNN should have reported.”

Do you think we, as a global community, should respond to the protestor’s sign “United Nations Help Us!” If so, how?

Cuba is on the wrong side of Syria. What does it mean for US?

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This semester I’m taking a course on the forbidden fruit of US foreign relations: Cuba. My classmates and I will be traveling there in a few weeks, and as we prepare we’ve learned quite a bit about the enigma that is this people’s Republic.

US relations with Cuba can be characterized as a grudge wedged tightly into a 90 mile strip of sea and immovable by either nation. American travel to Cuba is very tightly restricted, as is Cuban travel here; trade is forbidden; and cultural exchange has been obscured by this lack of contact and a bit each of mystique, fear, anger, and politics.

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