I’ve started doing monthly shoutouts to organizations engaging in advocacy, mutual aid, and other work, as both a resource to call on and for those looking for organizations to $upport. I hope to faithfully represent their goals and work, using social media to share examples of what real-world change and advocacy look like.
As some of you may know I’m based in Southern California, and this month I’m giving a shoutout to a local organization: Inland Empire Harm Reduction (IEHR), operating in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Harm reduction is an approach that accepts that drug usage is a part of our world, meets people where they’re at, and focuses on giving them the tools they need to safely manage their use, rather than shaming them for using.
IEHR does this by distributing resources like naloxone (Narcan), which can prevent death by overdose with opioids, as well as safe usage kits, clean supplies, information about safe usage or other health resources, and overdose prevention training. Check out their Instagram page and I promise you will learn something new about SoCal, safe usage, and mutual aid. I highly encourage you to look up harm reduction and other mutual aid orgs in your area!
If you like merch, they have a few different designs that are both fun and educational via @radhealthresources . (My personal favorites is the bucket hat that parodies the DARE logo with “NARCAN: Overdose deaths are preventable,” though their “All research and successful drug policy shows that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences” T-shirt is also very popular.)