In 1971, Richard Nixon declared drug abuse "public enemy number one" of the United States, and so launched the War on Drugs. The DEA was formed in 1973, and with it came mandatory prison sentences for non-violent drug-related crimes. It wasn't until the '80s when Ronald Reagan really buckled down on drugs, causing a surge in incarcerations, primarily targeting poor people and people of color.
The War on Drugs still rages on today, though less public and with shifting dynamics. It is widely accepted that the tactics of punishment and stigmatization continue to fail in getting people to stop using drugs. In fact, studies show that they more than likely have the reverse effect, while also causing severe trauma to poor communities of color. The harm reduction movement came about in response to this crisis. Historically, harm reduction is a collection of public health and social practices that communities engage in to care for each other, intending to reduce the social and physical consequences of drug consumption, regardless of legality. The objective is to see where people stand on drug consumption and meet them there by treating them with compassion.
DanceSafe is a public health non-profit advocacy organization for health and safety in electronic music and nightlife communities. Established in 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area, DanceSafe was formed after its founder, Emanuel Sferios, discovered a problem with contaminated ecstasy floating in the underground rave scene and a lack of knowledge and resources on the use of MDMA. DanceSafe would, therefore, be established on two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, accessible education. The integration of these two principles has empowered the organization to develop effective peer-based education initiatives to reduce drug addiction and empower young people to make safe, educated lifestyle choices.
Rave Scout Cookies is committed to promoting harm reduction practices, and so for the past year, we have been in the works with DanceSafe National in hopes of expanding on their mission and legacy to different communities and realms out of their collective reach. We are excited to announce our first event, where we join forces to bring on a function filled with informative tips for both ravers and promotors to munch on.
SET TIMES AND DANCESAFE NATIONAL NYC PANEL&DISCUSSION:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
RAVE SCOUT COOKIES [ https://ravescout.club/ ]
DANCESAFE NATIONAL NYC [ https://dancesafe.org/ ]
DEE DIGGS [ https://soundcloud.com/dee_diggs ]
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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