On Thursday June 26th 2014, people in more than 100 cities across the world took part in the second 'Support. Don't Punish' Global Day of Action, calling for drug policy reform and better support for harm reduction services. As part of the day of action, Unharm ran an event at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney.
The event marked 15 years since the Tolerance Room was set up at Wayside. That act of civil disobedience was successful in getting safer injecting facilities on the agenda for the 1999 NSW Drug Summit, which then led to the establishment of what is still Australia's only facility - the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. The event on June 26 also celebrated the success of the MSIC and called for safer injecting facilities to be established in other areas of acute need in NSW and Australia.
The event and the call for additional injecting facilities received substantial media coverage, including this powerful opinion piece by Tony Trimingham from Family Drug Support, which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald.
A huge list of countries took part in the Global day of action. Check out the video wrap up below.