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Photo Opportunity: The Drug War Destroyed our Families. We Demand Peace

By | April 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

What: Public protest involving families from around the world, protesting against the War on Drugs, using a 1930s automobile (as used in anti-alcohol Prohibition campaigns - see photo below), but updated with anti-drug prohibition slogans and protesters wearing 1930s costumes. When: Monday 18th April, 2.00pm (EST) - prior to the biggest UN meeting on drugs [...]

Press release: “Our children are being killed by the UN’s drug war. We demand peace”, bereaved families tell global leaders

By | April 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Families from all over the world will descend on the United Nations headquarters in New York to demand an end to the global drug war.  As the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs meets, representatives from fifty families from Afghanistan, Canada, the Philippines, Kenya, UK, Belgium, Honduras, the US and Mexico gather to [...]

Do what I say – or else

By | April 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Hope Humphreys The Government has a message about drugs: Drugs are bad, don't use them, and if you do, we will punish you severely. End of message. The Government prides itself on sending the "right" message, but is it? The message I receive from the Government is that it's an [...]

Help us launch our International Families Against the Drug War campaign

By | December 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Today we are launching our new crowd-funding campaign on Just Giving to raise money for our new campaign 'International Families against the Drug War' which we will be taking to the UN next year. The campaign will be delivered in partnership with organisations and individuals from across the globe including Anyone's Child: Families for Safer [...]

‘Anyone’s Child’ at the Drug Policy Alliance Reform Conference in Washington

By | November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control were delighted to attend this year’s Drug Policy Alliance Reform conference in Washington DC thanks, in large part, to the Open Society Foundations scholarship programme which enabled Myself, Annemarie Cockburn and Cara Lavan from the project to attend. We were there to help gain exposure to our Anyone's Child campaign and to network [...]

“The War on Drugs: Harming, not protecting, young people”: a new report from the Count the Costs initiative

By | November 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone’s Child welcomes the launch of a new briefing from the Count the Costs initiative, which underpins much of the work the families are doing in the U.K., and highlights the universal need for a rethink on our failing drug laws. The briefing arrives, fittingly, on UN Universal Children's Day.   Seven Ways the War on Drugs [...]

“Drugs can be dangerous. But does banning them cause more harm than good?” – Anyone’s Child event, 3rd December, Bristol

By | November 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control are giving a talk on Thursday 3rd December at 6pm at the Redland Park Church in Bristol. Speakers include: - Anne-Marie Cockburn, mother of 15-year-old Martha, who tragically died due to an ecstasy overdose - Aimi Garidis, who lost her husband to drugs - Nicky Saunter, CEO of [...]

My daughter might still be alive if the government had moved the drugs discussion into the 21st century

By | October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is written by Liz Spinks. My daughter, Lorna Spinks, was born on 23rd October 1981 and died on 7th May 2001 – 48 hours after swallowing one ecstasy tablet whilst out clubbing with friends from University. She was born in Geneva and spent her too brief, but happy life living in France, attending a [...]

The criminalisation of people who use drugs is cruel and unjust. It’s time to speak out against it

By | October 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is written by Hope Humphreys, one of the members of the Anyone’s Child project. It is said that prison is only used as a last resort.  So, if someone gets a criminal record and is sentenced to two and a half years for a first ever offence, they must have done something pretty terrible. [...]

From victims to victory

By | September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is authored by Anne-Marie Cockburn, one of the members of the Anyone's Child project. It's two months after and there's a slight haze as the remnants of the day float around in my head. Did we place a marker in the history books? Well, we'll see, but it certainly felt that way. On 14th July, I [...]