OUR ISSUES

 

  • GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT
  • DIRECT SERVICES
  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
  • LEADERSHIP TRAINING
  • YOUTH ORGANIZING

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT

NC-USU is the only drug user union in the American South.  Our union has 4 major components.

  • Leadership Development/ Training
  • Community Organizing/ Grassroots Campaigns
  • Civic Engagement
  • Direct Services for people who use drugs

URBAN SURVIVOR’S UNION LEADERSHIP TRAINING’S:

USU’s training’s are designed to help our members become prepared to participate in policy development and policy making that affects lives of people who use drugs.

Some of USU’s Leadership and Community Organizing Training’s Include:

*   Media relations                                *  Advocacy

*  Coalition Building                            *  Drug user organization

* Drug user organizing                       *   Cultural Competency

 *   Holding Effective Meetings         * Leadership

* Youth Organizing                                *Sex worker organizing

USU aims to build healthy and just communities by building power among drug users, who often feel silenced.  We believe in the power of drug users to understand and solve many of the problems they face, given the proper education and tools.

The organizing projects of USU include:

Drug User organizing to end the drug war and develop a human rights and health based approach to drug use.

 Ending Mass imprisonment of non violent drug offenders and organizing formerly incarcerated people.  Ending biased police practices, Improving conditions in jails and prisons, and Increasing opportunities for people with criminal records.

Women & Drug Use

Drug users have the right to be healthy and they want to be healthy.  There are many ways that we can help improve drug user health.  Syringe Access is essential to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis.  Consumption rooms/ Safe injection facilities are also an important way to improve the health of people who use drugs.

HIV& Hepatitis Overdose: Syringe Access, Safe Injection Facilities, Hepatitis Education Expansion in NC. Overdose Awareness Day, HCV Awareness Day, HIV awareness Day.  Advocacy Days/ Legislative Days

Naloxone Access and The Good Samaritan Law- USU has worked to help pass the Naloxone Access Good Samaritan Law which allows drug users to call 911 in the event of an overdose without fearing arrest.  You can read the entire Good Samaritan Legislation on our website.

The police officer Safety Act- States that if you tell an officer before a search that you have syringes that you will be immune from prosecution for drug paraphernalia and the residue in the syringes.

Civic Engagement- FELONS CAN VOTE!

Direct Services- Harm Reduction Support Group, Syringe Access, Sterile Supplies Access.

 

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