Community Responses to Criminalization

In November 2014, SOLID co-hosted a community convergence on the criminalization of poverty. Over 100 people in attendance, with reps from BCYADWS, SOLID, VANDU, Ankors, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, Committee to End Homelessness Victoria and others. Stay tuned for the follow-up meeting, with the aim of developing a strong BC-wide network opposing police targeting of the poor.

Concept paper and agenda

Community Responses to Criminilization (Nov 2014)

National Meeting of Organizations of People Who Use Illicit Drugs

On October 16 and 17, 2013, a national meeting of peer-run organizations of people who use drugs was held in Victoria, BC. At the meeting, there were over 40 people from across Canada, including representatives from 14 independent peer-run organizations, peer representatives from BC Health Authorities and supporters from ally organizations. The meeting was organized by a national steering committee composed of representatives from peer-run
organizations across Canada. The national steering committee met monthly for a year preceding the conference. The two-day meeting was planned and hosted by SOLID (Society of Living Illicit Drug Users) in collaboration with the national steering committee, with support from AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Harm Reduction Network, Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC), the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), and the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG).

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Read the report that came out of the meeting

Illicit Drug Users host their own college

Focus article on the Peer Convergence, a day long event run by and for people who use(d) illicit drugs in Victoria! This year’s event was a great success with over 75 people who use drugs and 15 service providers in attendance. The workshops run by graduates of the Leadership Street College addressed issues of criminalization, stigma and street survival!

Police Harass Harm Reduction Help

“Last week, an outreach worker with SOLID was stopped by Victoria Police for carrying drug paraphernalia — part of the job when you’re handing out supplies to drug users. Despite displaying a SOLID ID card and handing over a business card, the officer still checked the worker’s record for outstanding warrants. Minutes later, the same outreach worker was questioned by two officers while searching for used needles in a local park.” 2013 Monday Magazine article.

http://www.mondaymag.com/opinion/211250481.html