Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight, May 7th, 2018
A group of mothers is working together across Canada, the United States, and Mexico to change how all three nations respond to addiction.
#ListenToMom is the name of a campaign they’ve launched ahead of Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, May 13.
“Mothers are losing children to mass incarceration, drug war violence and accidental overdose across borders, due to the failed global war on drugs,” reads a media release announcing the initiative. “We are urging people to listen to our stories and to understand the need for a compassionate and tolerant approach to drug use and substance use disorders.”
Canadians are represented in the campaign by Moms Stop the Harm, which has members in Vancouver and across B.C. and the country. In the United States, they’re working with Moms United to End the War on Drugs and in Mexico, they’ve partnered with Red de Enlaces Nacionales.