4,000 Miles. 5 Countries. 23 Days. 1 Message: End the Drug War.
After traveling 4,000 miles through 5 countries over 23 days the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice arrived on Monday to its final destination - the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS).
The caravaneros joined with thousands from around the world to call on global leaders meeting at UNGASS to end the drug war and reform drug policies grounded in public health, compassion and human rights.
Events kicked off in Foley Square, New York City, just steps away from the federal prison, where the Caravan joined with VOCAL NY, Latino Justice, Make the Road Brooklyn, LEAP, Moms United, Stop the Harm, Drug Policy Alliance and others to voice our shared demand for an end to drug war policies rooted in the militarization, criminalization and the incarceration of our communities.
Then members of the Caravan headed to the steps of the UN where family members of the disappeared, murdered, and incarcerated voiced their grief and their hope for change.
The day wrapped up with a powerful event at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Caravan member and Mayan religious leader Vitalino Similox, the Salvadoran Bishop Martin Barahona, and Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH in Honduras made powerful speeches against the war on drugs and the violence in their respective countries, calling for regulation, dialogue and compassion.
Thank you to everyone who has followed us on this incredible journey and for joining us in the fight for drug policy reform.
Events are continuing at UNGASS through Thursday in New York and then on Friday the Caravan will head to DC to take part in panel discussion being held at Congress. For more information click here.
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