Truth to Power: Creating Effective Campaigns

Recovering justice are hosting Michael Collins This is a workshop for people who have attended one or more of our previous events and who support drug policy reform. We will be looking at how to influence and change policy and law.

Speak the truth

Michael Collins is deputy director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs, in Washington, D.C., where he works with Congress and the White House on a wide variety of drug policy issues including sentencing reform and harm reduction. Before joining DPA Michael interned for Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and worked on drug war issues in Mexico for the CIP Americas Program. Michael has discussed drug policy issues on the BBC, CNN, Democracy Now, and CBS, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Drug Policy Alliance are an international organisation stated aim is to end the war on drugs. they believe drug policies should be based on science, compassion, health, and human rights not fear and stigma. they promote policies and attitudes that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition.

Recovering Justice was founded by people in recovery from substance use who believe that the criminalisation and stigmatisation of people who use drugs is inhumane, ineffective counterproductive and costly. Backed by international evidence and informed by personal experience we take the position that the current drug policies at a national and international level are one of the greatest barriers to getting into and maintaining long term recovery.

 

Agenda

Arrrive 9.30 for coffee and intros

 

10am till 12am

Michael will present and discuss the following:

– the basics of the legislative process

– how to get legislation passed

– how to build a legislative campaign

– how to engage politicians – pressure points, who holds power, etc.

– the difference between activism and advocacy, and when to use each.

– how to use the media including writing opinion pieces, getting quoted, etc

12 to 12.30 lunch provided

 

12.30 to 2pm

Using the work of Recovering Justice as a case studyMichael will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of an existing campaign and offer his expert knowledge.

– how to engage politicians – pressure points, who holds power, etc.

– the difference between activism and advocacy, and when to use each.

– how to use the media including writing opinion pieces, getting quoted, etc

 

Date and Time

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

10:00 – 14:00

 

Location

George Street Social

45-51 George Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 7JN