Safer Spaces–Film Screening & Community Discussion on Public Drug Use

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Come join Rosehip and organizers from Street Roots, Outside In, Sisters of the Road, Cascade Aids Project, & others to discuss alternatives to public drug use in this event–Safer Spaces.

We’ll be joined by documentary filmmakers and harm reduction advocates Taeko Frost and Matt Curtis for a screening of ‘Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York’ (34 min) followed by a panel discussion on how Portland is addressing public drug use to promote community safety.

More about the event:

Open drug use is a public health issue in Portland.  We’ve seen increases in overdose deaths and hepatitis C  because people who inject drugs do not have a safe place to use. Syringe exchange programs, such as the one at Outside In, saves lives by providing sterile injecting equipment, overdose prevention education, and resources for improving the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. But it isn’t enough.

We need to work together as a city to find alternatives to public drug use. Across the country, we’ve been seeing cities talk about integrating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) into our public health services. SIFs are a place where people who who drugs can inject or consume drugs under the supervision of trained personnel and connect to other life saving services. It removes public injection from the street or park to a hygienic, supervised space. SIFs have existed for over 30 years and there are 98 SIFs operating in 10 countries. There is only one SIF in North America and all 75+ of the the scientific research articles says it reduces HIV, hepatitis C, and overdose deaths while saving money and lives.

We’re ready to have the conversation! We’ll be co-hosting an event onThursday, June 16th from 6-8:30pm (P:ear – 338 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209to have a community conversation about ways Portland can find alternatives to public drug use. We are inviting two filmmakers who are leaders in public health and harm reduction in New York City to join us for the Portland premiere of Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York (34 minutes) followed by a panel discussion with community representatives. StreetRoots wrote about the documentary and since it’s premiere in NYC there have been events all over the country. The filmmakers have hosted similar events in Seattle (300+ people at Town Hall!), Chicago, New York City (600+ people, panel was moderated by Amy Goodman!) and Baltimore which has gained a lot of press coverage

These events have served as a catalyst for movement towards more progressive and supportive policies for people who use drugs to prevent overdose, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and restore the humanity and compassion of our public health system.

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May Demonstrations–Call for Medics

What a busy month we have coming up!  In the first two weeks of May, the Pacific Northwest will see two regional and international events for which street medics have been requested: Mayday (May 1st, Portland, OR) and Break Free (May 12-15, Anacortes, WA).  There is also word of possible protests as the overtly sexist, white supremacist, and fascist presidential candidate Donald Trump comes to the Northwest.  If interested in medicking (or just attending) any of these events, read on for more details.

We recommend that everyone also brush up on their protest safety guidelines and bring the water, supplies, and clothes for themselves and a buddy.

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 May Day – International Worker’s Day — May 1 in Portland (facebook)

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PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY 2016 :This year’s May Day promises to be energetic, large, and engage many communities fighting for racial, economic, legal, environmental, and social justice.  As usual, Rosehips invite medics to meet up nearby ahead of the fun at 1pm and make buddy pairs.  Look for the red duct tape (and bring your own!)

SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 – 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 – 4:00 PM : RALLY

 Break Free – May 12-15 in Anacortes, WA

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A site with two refineries where hundreds of people will risk arrest by engaging in peaceful civil disobedience.  Organizers have reserved campsites and indoor locations for housing and expect upwards of 1000 participants on a large family-friendly march Saturday, as well as hundreds to risk arrest in civil disobedience.  Cars and buses will head up Thurs & Fri.  If interested in medicking, email us so we can put you in touch with the medical organizers and work together.

Keep your eyes open for training and other announcement too as we head into the summer and convention season (RNC, DNC).  Not yet sure who will be heading those ways, but medics will be wanted.

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