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2012 National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange

Activists getting arrested to support syringe exchange in DC, March 21, 2012.

No more federal dollars for syringe exchange: that was the message from Congress less than 3 months ago.

The funding ban is back, and the timing couldn’t be worse — with tight state budgets, and signs that many painkiller users are injecting or switching to heroin, our syringe exchange programs need more support than ever. The Harm Reduction Coalition and our allies are pulling out all the stops this time to demand that Congress and the federal government set politics aside, and we need your help.

On March 21, we made our voices heard around the country. Local meetings with US Senators, media events to highlight issues, and a National Call-in Day were sponsored by dozens of organizations and brought our opposition to Congress’ doorstep and let them know that we’re committed to syringe exchange and won’t back down!

Thanks to everyone who made calls, mobilized and supported the day of action!!

What: National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange
When: March 21, 2012

Local Report-backs:

Click here to see the list of local organizers.

Press Coverage:

Advocates in Hawaii visit Senator Inouye’s office.

Photos & Videos:

ACT UP Philly joined the action…fierce as always!

This is brilliant – thanks ACT UP Philly!

Here’s a video showing brave activists getting arrested in support of syringe exchange:

AIDS Activists Arrested for Protesting Syringe Exchange Ban from Housing Works on Vimeo.


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