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Bay Area Rises Up to End the Drug War & Mass Incarceration!
Hundreds of people from all over the Bay Area joined together and took to the streets at the Friday, June 17th "Communities Rising! Solutions to End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration" rally and march in San Francisco.
Hundreds of people from all over the Bay Area joined together and took to the streets at the Friday, June 17th "Communities Rising! Solutions to End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration" rally and march to demand:
*Stop All Prison and Jail Construction!
*Stop the 40 Year Drug War!
*Stop Prison & Jail Overcrowding!
*Human Rights for Pelican Bay Prisoners Now! Shut Down the SHU!
*Money for People's Needs, Not Police and Prisons!
"Communities Rising to End the Drug War and Mass Incarceration" July 17th, protest and march was organized and sponsored by ACLU of Northern California, America Friends Service Committee (AFSC), All of Us or None, Berkeley Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution, California Coalition for Women Prisoner (CCWP), California Partnership, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), Community United Against Violence (CUAV), Critical Resistance (CR), Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Harm Reduction Coalition, Justice Now, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), OASIS Clinic, SF Drug Users Union, TGI-Justice Project, These Cuts Won’t Heal, and United for Drug Policy Reform.
Communities Rising SF march and rally, as well as other statewide events covered in the BayView:
ABC 7 News:
For more information on organizations participating in the June 17th coalition:
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
California Prison Focus/The Pelican Bay Hunger Strike:
SF Drug Users Union:
Drug Policy Alliance:
All of Us or None:
TGI Justice Project:
Coalition for California Women Prisoners:
United for Drug Policy Reform:
Organizers from All of Us or None!
TGI Justice Project with Critical Resitance's June 17th organizer, Lisa Marie Alatore.
"I Am Drug Policy Reform" Laura Thomas, DPA
"Dealing with drug use by building more prisons is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries." Dr. Diana Sylvestre from United for Drug Policy Reform and OASIS Clinic, Oakland
Isaac Jackson from San Francisco Drug Users Union and Laura Guzman from the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.
Bato Talamantez of the Pelican Bay Info Project. Shut down the SHU! Human Rights for Pelican Bay Prisoners Now! Support the Pelican Bay July 1st hunger strike!
Drug Policy Alliance in the crowd!
"Support the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund!"
Californians United for a Responsible Budget.
United for Drug Policy Reform (UDPR) and Californians United for A Responsible Budget (CURB) lead the militant march through the streets of SF!
Diana Block of California Coalition for Women Prisoners in the House!
Gary from San Francisco Drug Users Union
United for Drug Policy Reform in the crowd.
Rachel Jackson from New Years Movement for Justice for Oscar Grant "Stop the racist war against communities of color!"
Cristina Guiterrez of Barrio Unido closes the program,"sisters and brothers, we must keep organizing!"
Thank you to all the people for showing up, speaking out and marching. More coverage from stopthedrugwar.org.