CityWide Election 2011 Campaign
1 Feb 2011
CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign launched a general election campaign aiming to put the drugs crisis back on the political agenda. We were joined on Friday, February 3rd, outside Leinster House by local community drug & rehab projects, Community Representatives and spokespersons from some of the political parties in putting up election style posters and launching our election special newsletter. View photo's from the launch here
CityWide spokesperson Daithi Doolan says, "The drugs crisis in our communities continues. Lives are destroyed, families are torn apart and communities live in fear of intimidation and violence. But over the past few years we have seen less and less commitment from governments to tackle this crisis. This election is the time to make the drugs crisis a priority for politicians. Our campaign will be positive, active and community based. We will be circulating 100's of election style posters and distributing 1000's of newsletters through our network of local drug projects, community representatives, rehab projects & trade unions. We will be organising meetings to lobby election candidates & information sessions for community groups.
CityWide's campaign is demanding that any new government work with the community in tackling the drugs crisis, appoint a full time Minister with responsibility for drugs and fully fund local drugs services.
Doolan explained, "Front line services alone cannot solve the problems caused by drug use. In addition to these front line services, communities must be given the resources and supports to address the underlying causes of the drugs crisis. The government must work with those most affected by the problem, including communities, drug users and their families."
Download the campaign information sheet