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Cautious Optimism To Tangible Hope – Labour Conference 2019

By | October 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This is a guest blog by John Hirst – Labour Member Bristol East CLP and Anyone’s Child Activist. A year ago, following the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, I wrote a blog for Anyone’s Child entitled ‘Change is Coming’ in response to the encouraging drug policy discussions I saw in the city. A year on [...]

Prison, Race, Rehabilitation and Wasted Potential

By | October 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Sunny Dhadley, a part-time consultant for Transform Drug Policy Foundation working to build the Anyone’s Child network in the Midlands. In September I attended an event UK Policy, Race, Cannabis & Business learning the lessons from US cannabis legalisation. The event was co-organised by Blaksox, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Stopwatch [...]

When Cops Turn Against the Drug War

By | September 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by journalist Tessie Castillo. Commissaris Muyshondt, sorry to bother you,” said a voice over the phone. “We arrested your brother this morning. Just thought you should know.” On the other end of the line, Officer Peter Muyshondt closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Not again. “Thanks for the heads-up,” Muyshondt replied in Dutch, [...]

Grieving my Own Childhood

By | September 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This is an anonymous blog about the grief and sadness of losing a childhood because of prohibition. photo by PasquaTek_001, 2007 "Only ignorance would lead you to believe that this might not be a reality for your child at some point. Only now the drugs are much stronger and the market is controlled [...]

How I Became a Drug Policy Activist

By | August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Transform Drug Policy Foundation volunteer, Sorcha, about how and why she became a drug policy activist. I started my journey at Cascade Creative Recovery, a community café run by people with substance misuse issues. Cascade provides a social network, safe space and creative courses to people in [...]

Why the latest drug-related death statistics matter

By | August 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone's Child member, Raychel, following the release of the 2018 drug-related death statistics Today the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for drug related deaths across England and Wales were released. I couldn't sleep last night already anticipating the anger I was going to feel, the sadness that was going to [...]

Casualties of War – the Philippines

By | July 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Niko Vorobyov,  a government-certified (convicted) drug dealer turned writer and author of the book Dopeworld, about the international drug trade. You can follow him @Lemmiwinks_III Three years ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a so-called ‘war on drugs’. Since then, at least 6,600 people have officially been [...]

Reflections on the Thames Path Walk

By | July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone's Child member, Chris, who organised a 65 mile walk along the Thames Path as part of our week of action to end the drug war in June 2019. The families walked all the way to Westminster to lobby government on the need to legally regulate drugs. [...]

Brian’s story: why I speak on behalf of Anyone’s Child

By | July 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In June 2019, Anyone’s Child member, Brian, spoke at Maidenhead: Take Drugs Seriously, as part of our Week of Action to End the Drug War. You can read his powerful and inspiring speech here. As well as being a member of Anyone’s Child, I work in harm reduction with [...]

Families affected by the drug war lobby UK Parliament about the urgent need for change

By | July 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

On 25 June we spoke up and told the UK government that enough is enough. We turned up to central London in record numbers to call on the government to legally regulate drugs. Action is needed now to save lives and create safer societies for all of our children.  [...]