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Anyone's Child is a network of families who have been negatively affected by our drug laws.

UK DRUG POLICY: MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

By | July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog is adapted from a speech given by Rose at the Durham PCC Symposium.  Rose tells her story for Anyone's Child, alongside Ruth Dreifuss, at the Durham PCC Symposium Good afternoon. I want to tell you what happened to my two much-loved sons who died, to show why I’m calling for legal [...]

Tomorrow my son turns 5. It will be his third birthday without his father Jake.

By | July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone’s Child member Cara Lavan Tomorrow (19th July) my son turns 5. It will be his third birthday without his father Jake. The day after tomorrow (20th July) will be the fourth anniversary of the death of Anne-Marie’s 15 year old daughter Martha. Today the government debates its ‘new’ [...]

Inspired by bereaved mother, MP says drug policy needs a radical re-think

By | July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tomorrow at 11:30 am (GMT) there is a UK Parliamentary debate on Drugs Policy. When: 11.30am Where: Main Chamber, House of Commons What: General Debate on Drug Policy Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, will take local constituent Anne-Marie Cockburn’s tragic story of losing her 15 year old daughter to an ecstasy overdose to [...]

5 Reasons to meet your MP

By | July 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

We want you to contact your MP directly to ask what they intend to do about our failed drug laws. Here’s why: 1. You can change the world Speaking to your MP is the best way to exercise your democratic right - you can have your voice heard directly [...]

Waiting with love – the truth behind “Narcos”

By | June 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog by Anyone’s Child Coordinator, Mary Ryder, was originally published by openDemocracy on 2 June 2017 Since the Mexican state intensified its drug war in 2006 more than 28,000 people have disappeared and over 150,000 have been murdered. They walked out of their homes one day, never to return. Often, no-one knows where they are, [...]

24 hours in a British jail

By | May 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  It’s June 24th. My husband has just been sentenced to 9 years in jail. I watch him walk out of the dock and into a life where he is no longer mine…he’s a convict now, owned by the state until his release. I pray that the system will see the man and not the crime; the future [...]

Ten years of militarized drug policies in Mexico: more violence and human rights violations

By | May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog is adapted from a speech given by Daniel Joloy, Amnesty International, at the launch of the Anyone's Child Mexico interactive documentary Mexico decided over ten years ago to militarize their drug policies and rely on the armed forces to conduct counter-narcotic operations and other public safety tasks. The so-called “war on drugs” has [...]

The Failed ‘War on Drugs’

By | April 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This is a guest blog by Gary Mead A remarkable event went almost unnoticed over the Easter weekend – Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, introduced a Bill to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. Only one other country – tiny Uruguay in South America – has completely legalised cannabis as a consumer product, although eight [...]

Mexican mothers join with UK academics to bring peace to Mexico – launch event Central London

By | April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Mexican mothers join with UK academics to bring peace to Mexico Launch Event: ‘Anyone’s Child’ - Mexico Never before heard stories from the front-line of the drug war “The 'war on drugs' is not a war on drugs, it is a war against human beings in Mexico.” Araceli Rodríguez Nava “I want to go back, [...]

Mothers bring peace to Mexico with a new interactive documentary

By | April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog by Anyone's Child Coordinator, Mary Ryder, was originally published by openDemocracy on 12 April 2017 “If we talk about the war on drugs we will win. They cannot silence our voices and hide our cries of pain, our anger, our fear, or our courage.” So says Araceli Salcedo Jímenez, mother of Fernanda Rubi, [...]