Tēnā koutou katoa, hello,
As New Zealanders, we pride ourselves on treating all people fairly, as equals. Of course, we definitely don’t always get this right – sometimes we get it horribly wrong, in fact.
It will be amazing hearing from Black Lives Matter about their progress towards equality as they fight racist drug laws in the United States.
What you may not know is just how much of New Zealand’s drug law has been influenced by American politics. We’re super keen to hear about the similarities (and differences) with how we do things here in New Zealand and to find inspiration from their successes. See details on the tour below.
on behalf of #HealthNotHandcuffs
Save the date Auckland
A co-founder of Black Lives Matter and two other leaders fighting the racist war on drugs in the USA are coming to New Zealand in September to inspire our movement!
Patrisse Cullors, Deborah Small and asha bandele have repeatedly put themselves out there to challenge injustice. They’ll share stories from the frontline about how a people’s movement can lead to meaningful change.
Come along and get fired up!
Save the date: Health Not Handcuffs public meeting, Auckland Town Hall, Monday 15 September.
More details are coming soon.
Can you put a poster about the event? Or promote on social and through your networks? Or help on the night? Any offers to volunteer – big or small -- will be gladly accepted.
The #HealthNotHandcuffs Crew