Wednesday, 15 August 2012
NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the NORML Women's Alliance have partnered with a multi-national Coalition of NGOs, religious organizations and civil rights groups to support this summer's "Caravan for Peace" Campaign and cross-country tour. (Full press release is below).
I hope that you will consider bringing attention to this symbolic campaign and the collective effort to shine a light on how America's drug policies are directly related to Mexico's ongoing drug war violence, and the need for an alternative strategy.
Feel free to be in contact for more information.
NORML Women's Alliance
NORML Partners With Global Exchange In Support of "Caravan for Peace" Campaign
NORML and the Women's Alliance are partnering with a multi-national Coalition of NGOs, religious organizations and civil rights groups to support the "Caravan for Peace" Campaign and cross-country tour.
Led by the Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity (MPJD) and the American-based Global Exchange, the Campaign was established to bring attention to Mexico's ongoing drug war violence and to create a platform where those adversely affected by this battle can join their voices to inform public opinion on both sides of the border.
"This one-of-a-kind campaign will draw public attention to the damage marijuana prohibition is causing not only in our country, but in Mexico as well. This international alliance of drug reform, human rights, religious and progressive organizations are coming together with one objective: to raise awareness about, and ending, our 75 year violent and failed drug prohibition -- a large portion of which is fueled by our nation's current marijuana policy," said Sabrina Fendrick of the NORML Women's Alliance.
The Caravan takes place at a politically charged moment. It begins in San Diego, six weeks after Mexico's July 1 presidential election and arrives in Washington, D.C. in September, six weeks prior to the U.S. elections, in which Colorado, Oregon and Washington state will all have the opportunity to vote to implement a legalized, regulated marijuana market.
NORML chapters and Women's Alliance communities will be taking an active role at various locations. The campaign will bring communities together around events, turning awareness into action and building a movement that will continue pushing for changes at the local, state, national and international level long after the Caravan has passed through.