Inland Empire Harm Reduction Shoutout

August 2020

https://www.ieharmreduction.org/

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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.)

Black & Pink Shoutout

July 2020

https://www.blackandpink.org/

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I’ve decided to start 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 the work they are doing, and use social media to share examples of what real-world activism, advocacy, and change look like.

This month I’m giving a shoutout to Black & Pink, a nationwide prison abolitionist organization centered around currently or formerly incarcerated LGBT+ people and people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA). They work at both broader and smaller levels with a variety of programs–see my infographic and their website (link in bio) for more detailed information.

Within this spotlight I’d like to highlight their 2015 report “Coming out of Concrete Closets,” which collects the largest national set of data on LGBT+ prisoners and discusses these experiences in the context of the general prison population, criminalization of certain trades, and the issues LGBT+ individuals and PLWHA face. I found it to be a very accessible report, sharing often-unheard voices and recommending a thorough set of long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals and policy changes.