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AFROPUNK and the Drug Policy Alliance Join Forces

Melissa Franqui

AFROPUNK and the Drug Policy Alliance have teamed up for this year’s Brooklyn and Atlanta festivals to collectively unite our voices and say, “NO MORE DRUG WAR!”

This past weekend, the two-day AFROPUNK Brooklyn festival kicked off at Commodore Barry Park. While attendees arrived in droves ready for the sounds of Solange, SZA, Gary Clark, Jr. and more, they also came dressed fresh-to-death and discovered new opportunities to take action against the drug war.

DPA staff provided information, ways to get involved, and lots of DPA swag on  Activism Row.  We spoke to attendees about our marijuana legalization campaign in New York, Start Start SMART, our #SaferPartying campaign to keep festivalgoers informed about drugs and promote harm reduction, and our upcoming International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Atlanta on October 11th – 14th.

Many attendees were passionate about why marijuana should be legalized. From stopping the racist enforcement of drug laws in communities of color to making marijuana more accessible to people with illnesses or in pain, AFROPUNK revelers told us why these issues are important to them.

If you weren’t able to make it to Brooklyn this year, don’t fret. DPA will be continuing this exciting new partnership at AFROPUNK Atlanta, which is being held October 14 & 15 – the same weekend as the Reform Conference!  We will be programming social salons at their Carnival of Consciousness to further push forward the discussion about the movement to end the drug war.

Come to Reform 2017 and AFROPUNK Atlanta to feel the music, free your mind, see an incredible lineup of groundbreaking icons, and work to end the war on drugs!

Melissa Franqui is the manager of communications and marketing for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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