safe injection site

We as anarchists need to start getting organized. Like, a lot of us are involved in various disparate groups (FNB, antifa, a local housing collective, a clinic or safe injection site, a DIY space, Black Rose, the IWW, maybe a left-wing gun club), but I feel like at this point we really need to coalesce into a more cohesive group. We need to federate under one name, even as our groups maintain their autonomy and new ones spring up, if we’re going to present an effective force for anarchism.

Like, the anarchists in Spain were all CNT-FAI, the anarchists in Ukraine were all Black Army, the anarchists in Chiapas were all EZLN, and the anarchists in Rojava are all YPG. We (western anarchists) need to be organizing similarly.

It’s actually laughable that the Harper Government thinks that outlawing safe injection sites and enforcing harsher penalties on those convicted of marijuana possession is focusing on prevention, harm reduction and treatment.

It’s also absurd that the Harper Government believes that safe injection sites don’t do anything to fight addiction to opiates when in fact offering treatment to addicts is exactly part of the reason why safe injection sites should exist.

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.

This is why mandatory minimums are fucked up. This is why arguing against safe injection sites is fucked up. There is a fundamental failure to understand the nature of the drug problem, which leads to fundamental errors in combatting the drug problem. It’s fucking infuriating.

To forestall one potential argument before it gets off the ground, I’m also going to leave you this excerpt:

But still, surely, I asked, there is some role for the chemicals? It turns out there is an experiment which gives us the answer to this in quite precise terms, which I learned about in Richard DeGrandpre’s book The Cult of Pharmacology.

Everyone agrees cigarette smoking is one of the most addictive processes around. The chemical hooks in tobacco come from a drug inside it called nicotine. So when nicotine patches were developed in the early 1990s, there was a huge surge of optimism – cigarette smokers could get all of their chemical hooks, without the other filthy (and deadly) effects of cigarette smoking. They would be freed.

But the Office of the Surgeon General has found that just 17.7 percent of cigarette smokers are able to stop using nicotine patches. That’s not nothing. If the chemicals drive 17.7 percent of addiction, as this shows, that’s still millions of lives ruined globally. But what it reveals again is that the story we have been taught about The Cause of Addiction lying with chemical hooks is, in fact, real, but only a minor part of a much bigger picture.

So if you believe the Conservative rhetoric on the economy (which, y'know, I don’t and as an economics major I would advise you all to be suspicious of it but that’s beside the point) I honestly think you still have a decision to make.

You have to decide whether the mistreatment of the aboriginal peoples of Canada is less important. 

Whether our refusal to help refugees in any significant capacity (while still calling ourselves leaders in that department) is less important.

Whether the muzzling of government scientists is less important. 

 Whether the lack of help for Canadians abroad such as Neil Bantleman and Mohamed Fahmy is less important. 

 Whether the rampant Islamophobia being pushed is less important. 

 Whether the complete disregard for our environment is less important. 

 Whether the attacks on religious freedom are less important. 

 Whether Bills C-51 and C-24 and their implications for privacy and citizenship are less important. 

 Whether the attacks on democracy - the Senate scandal, the robo-calls, the new voter act - are less important. 

 Whether the cutting of resources and lack of support for our veterans is less important. 

Whether the tough-on-crime legislation that further marginalizes the poor, the sick, and actually does not at all reduce crime rates, is less important. 

Whether the consistent blocking of of safe injection sites - a policy that puts addicts at risk for ideological reasons when it is so easy to help out these marginalized people - is less important. 

 Whether the countless other instances of Conservative discrimination against minorities and the poor and vulnerable of this country is less important. 

 If after taking all of that into consideration, you still want another Harper government, then vote Conservative. But be perfectly aware that this is what you’re voting for.