NORML and Women’s Alliance Join ‘Caravan for Peace’ Campaign

  • by Sabrina Fendrick August 13, 2012

    [Editor’s note: New video from Reason depicts the Caravan for Peace’s start at the US -Mexico border.]

    NORML and the NORML Women’s Alliance are pleased to announce their support and official endorsement of The Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity, along with the American-based organization Global Exchange’s “Caravan for Peace.”

    “This campaign will draw public attention to the damage marijuana
    prohibition is causing not  only in our country, but in Mexico as well.  This multi-national coalition of drug reform, human rights, religious and progressive organizations have come together with one objective; raising awareness about, and ending, our 75 year violent and failed drug prohibition,” said Sabrina Fendrick of the NORML Women’s Alliance.

    [From the website:] The Caravan represents one element of a broad strategy responding to Mexico’s violent national emergency resulting from Drug War policies (in Mexico and the U.S.) gone tragically wrong. The idea of the Caravan is to make Mexico’s national emergency tangible in the United States and to create a platform where those affected by the Drug War from Mexico, the U.S. and elsewhere can join their voices to inform public opinion on both sides of the border.


    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. This summer we will bring communities together around events large and small, 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.

    The U.S. Caravan’s mission is, among other things:

    • To make the connections between the impacts of the Drug War in Mexico (violence, deaths and rise of organized crime) and in the U.S. (criminalization, incarceration, and life-long marginalization- disproportionately affecting African-American and Latino communities);
    • To promote a civil society discourse with the American public and opinion leaders about the policies (easy access to assault weapons, militarization of drug enforcement and U.S. prohibition policies) at the root of the crisis;
    • To foster collaboration and effective solidarity among a broad range of progressive, grassroots, religious, humanitarian and other organizations; and
    • To leave, in the Caravan’s wake, informed, organized, and mobilized communities of activists who will pursue reform strategies in the near and long-term on both sides of the border.

    NORML chapters across the country, as well as NORML Women’s Alliance community groups will be taking part in the campaign as the caravan arrives in their respective locations.  If there are other groups who are interested in getting involved with the Caravan, please click here to find your local contact.

    25 Responses to “NORML and Women’s Alliance Join ‘Caravan for Peace’ Campaign”

    1. […] 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 […]

    2. Bernie Ellis says:

      Three stops in New Mexico and none in Tennessee? Seems a bit weird and self-defeating, since TN is the home to both the NORML Board President and one of its Board members, and our TN Safe Access to Medical Cannabis bill got a 2-to-1 positive vote in the House Health committee in this year’s debate. Oh well, there’s no accounting for some decisions these days, even within the movement itself. No surprise there.

    3. Voice Of The Resistance says:

      I would really like to see this thing get rolling. I have not heard anything about it on television yet but I will call, or e-mail congress in support.

    4. St. Nick says:

      All I’m saying by that is women have “a tongue” and if men and women were of equal strength on this planet, women would ALWAYS win the fight. Obviously it’s uaually men who do the fighting (cause they’re bigger) but women can crush you with words so if they’d b = strength… men’d lose. Not disrespecting men.

    5. St. Nick says:

      I’m glad women are doing this. I believe in feminine power and masculine. But out of the 2, feminine power is the “fighting” one almost to a militant extent. Free the pot!

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