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WTUL News & Views
by WTUL News & Views
Monday Dec 15th, 2014 7:18 AM
"Race, Patriarchy, and Pleasure" Harm Reduction Coalition Podcast #39 from 2011, 30m09s. With Asha Bandele, Drug Policy Alliance and Joyce Rivera, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction
Thank you for tuning in this morning for the replay of "Race, Patriarchy, and Pleasure" Harm Reduction Coalition Podcast #39 from 2011, 30m09s. In this conversation Allan Clear of Harm Reduction Coalition, Asha Bandele of Drug Policy Alliance and Joyce Rivera of St. Ann’s Corner cover the topics of white supremacy and patriarchy, pain and pleasure, healing our selves and organizing to heal collectively. It is a poignant piece as the US experiences heightened awareness of social just issues and rally toward more equitable futures.

As background, the conversation centers around harm reduction, what is harm reduction? Harm reduction is defined as a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use to managed use. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at." There is an important need for harm reduction in order to reduce stigma associated with drug use, to increase trust and improve relationships with people in our communities who use drugs, and to improve not only individual health but community health. In New York where this conversation took place, harm reduction has been used to address HIV, hepatitis C, overdose, and to focus on treatment rather than criminalization.

For a local connection, support local group Women With A Vision who celebrate 25 years this month!