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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. Lisa Koppelman says:

      I wou

    2. Lisa Koppelman says:

      I would like to be a part of this…please tell us how.

    3. Ben says:

      AWESOME.

      This is precisely what is needed.

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      Alcohol prohibition only lasted 12 years. Marijuana prohibition has lasted over 70. Part of the reason is because we’ve been able to export the vicious violence to other countries and continued to do so by paying off their leaders. After all, it’s not as if those are American lives being lost.

      The money is drying up now. Rest in peace drug war

    5. Douglas says:

      Now this has some teeth to it. This is a lot bigger than the (gov mag) That was the big hit last week.I wish they would come to Corpus Christi tx. I can of fear for there safety with the boarder/D.E.A and all the other law enforcement that wants to see harm to the ( P-C )

    6. Dave Evans says:

      Nice.

    7. […] NORML and Women’s Alliance Join ‘Caravan for Peace’ Campaign “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. […]

    8. pissed_off says:

      Alcohol prohibition was so short because officers didn’t think they needed to be gunned down over a drink, a drink that many of the imbided in privately anyway. I’m not condoning violence but until a fight is put up to the drug-nazis they will continue to kill us just so they can go on no-risk raids and rack up some overtime hours. FTP^2

    9. FTP^2 says:

      I’m willing to bet that if Jared Francom were alive today he would not be so willing to barge into a mans home in the middle of the night to ‘secure’ a little bag of weed. FTP^2

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