Until now, a great majority of people connected to addiction have remained silent. Too many of us who are affected have been incarcerated, and for decades we have been afraid to speak up about failed policies and poor care due to long-standing stigma and discriminatory public policies.
The time is now to break that silence.
UNITE to Face Addiction is organizing a rally on October 4, 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Never before have tens of thousands of citizens stood up in the nation’s capital to speak with one voice about the public health crisis impacting more than 85 million of our fellow Americans.
We ask you to be one of the many people coming to Washington, DC to join in a show of solidarity and collective force to help the 22 million Americans with addiction, support prevention for those not yet affected, stand up for the 23 million more in recovery, and urgently act to save the 350 lives lost each day.
We’re excited to be partnering with hundreds of organizations across the country to face addiction and stand up for recovery. We welcome organizations to join us by adopting our Statement of Purpose and Organize Principles that are on our web site at www.facingaddiction.org.
The UNITE to Face Addiction rally will build on the work already happening in communities across the country where citizens are organizing and speaking out—about criminal justice reform, addiction recovery, health equity and deadly overdoses.
Here are a few things that you can do today to join in the mobilization:
- Go to facingaddiction.org and sign up as an individual or become a partnering organization
- Mark your calendar and commit to be in Washington, DC on October 4, 2015
- Find two friends who will come with you
- Share your story about why you’re coming at facingaddiction.org
- Be a bus captain and fill a bus with people to come together to Washington, DC at www.facingaddiction.org