We would like to congratulate the 2016 Peace Heathen Community award recipient Matthew K Born. The Peace Heathen Community award is to recognize people within our community who make a difference and often do not get the credit they deserve. Matthew has been a long time volunteer of Hamp Fest and co-founder of The Ave foundation. Matthew has been working to fight for homeless Rights and the end of the drug war for years always taking a more silent role and getting things done than ever reaching for the Spotlight. So I this year we are still honored to give Matthew a well-deserved award.
We would like to congratulate the 2016 allegro community award recipient Gargoyles Statuary. The allegro community award is given for a business or church who goes above and beyond in helping Foster strong community within the university district. Gayle Nowicki the founder, and owner of Gargoyle Statuary received this award for her over a decade long service to trying to create a strong community, she has spent many years pushing for positive change in in the University District, Our director Shilo Murphy when giving the award told the brief story about how she's always acknowledged that homeless communities in the university district should be treated as residents deserving the same respect and dignity as everyone else. I encourage you to check out her website and her store http://www.gargoylestatuary.com/ it is businesses like these that are the cornerstone of why the university district is such an incredible community.
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"People engaged in illegal activity are naturally wary of government facilities, Levine said. Bringing supplies to them can help build trust needed to get them additional resources and put them on the path to recovery."
"Al-Hakim speaks regularly with the people she delivers to, checking in on their lives. She's always ready to offer resources to anyone who wants to quit, but lets them come forward when they are ready."
come help us celebrate the unsung heroes of harm reduction. The people out on the streets every day, that go unnoticed. The people who dedicate their lives to making sure people are safe and healthy. We will be celebrating these people of our community with an Awards dinner October 14th at Thai 65 on University ave. the tickets are 25 dollars and include an open Thai buffet and a seat at a table and a night of entertainment and community, There will be a bar for anyone 21+ with ID. we would love it if you could join us for this special night. we have a very limited amount of seats so get your ticket now so you don't miss out!
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On August 31st The Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance will be Remembering those who have lost their lives to overdose and will be transitioning from 5 days a week of service to 6 days a week.
We will be opening the exchange on Wednesday's Starting on international Overdose Awareness day to help better serve our community.
We will have a Memorial wall at the University District Needle Exchange. Feel free to bring pictures, or write something about your experience with overdose and hang it on the wall.
We will have free Narcan/Naloxone training. The U district site also hands out a limited amount of Narcan Daily.
We will have Refreshments and the exchange will be open 5pm-7pm
This event is free.
This year the Dead Baby Downhill Turns 20 and The Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance will be pouring the Beers during said party. All tips will be going to PHRA!
come down to greatest party ever, you will not regret it!
located in the Georgetown Neighborhood.
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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects the liver and is transmitted primarily by direct exposure to the blood of an infected person. Sixty to 70% of people with chronic infection will develop chronic liver disease, which can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. Two to five million Americans are believed to be chronically infected with HCV and annual deaths from HCV range from 17,000 to 80,000. Since 2007, more people now die from HCV than from HIV/AIDS. Yet currently as few as 50% of HCV-infected patients are aware of their diagnosis, and once diagnosed, about one-third of patients are referred to care, a fraction of these are treated, and only five to six percent are cured.
yringe Access , Snorting kits, and clean supplies are some of the most effective tools to prevent the spread of Hepatitis. Thursday the 28th of July is world Hepatitis day, we have free testing at the university district needle exchange every friday. take care of yourselves and click on the title to link you to the Hep website if you would like to know more!
FOUNDERS DAY is this sunday from 1-4. we will have Needle Jenga, Ring toss, Free Thai food, the exchange will be open, Free Hepatitis testing, and THE CHAOTIC NOISE MARCHING BAND will be playing for your enjoyment!
this is a all ages community event. Children and Dogs are welcome!
come help us celebrate our founder Bob Quinn, and the University District Needle Exchange!
see you there!
SUNDAY JULY 31ST 2016, FREE FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC, AND TESTING!
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Founders day is a celebrating the life of Bob Quinn the founder of University District Needle Exchange. It is a free community event with food, fun, and music. Dogs and children are welcome.
Against Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users? A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through the Injection Sites We Already Have Just Might Change Your Mind!
Meanwhile, the county’s big needle exchange provider is moving ahead anyway. The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance has raised about $20,000 for a plan to buy three shipping containers and convert them into mobile clinics where addicts can inject or smoke drugs. Shilo Murphy, the group’s director, said he’s trying to raise about $20,000 more.
“They can talk about it all they want,” said Murphy, referring to the task force. “This is going to happen whether they do it or not.”
"The irony is that Ronald Reagan's own daughter developed a cocaine problem, but I don't imagine the Reagans pushed for her to serve 5 years in a cage for her addiction. No, it was African Americans, who despite using drugs at similar rates as whites, were targeted by law enforcement and incarcerated at grossly disproportionate rates."
Sheriff John Urquhart said the nation’s “War on Drugs” was a failure and law enforcement “must do something different.” He said he is willing to consider new approaches, even safe-injection sites, which Vancouver, B.C., has offered for several years.
Not until US culture reduces the stigma around recreational drug use will legislators react in kind. “Collective healing spaces are incredibly valuable,”