PHRA


PRHA is a peer-run organization that promotes the philosophy of harm reduction and safer drug use. Active users at all levels of PRHA facilitate the need-based needle distribution program, serving the Cascadia region since 2007.

PHRA Presents: Founders Day!

PHRA Presents: Founders Day!

 

SUNDAY JULY 31ST 2016, FREE FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC, AND TESTING!

 

for more even info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/245377362499337/

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.

This Saturday the 3rd of June is the 2nd annual stand up for harm reduction event!

This Saturday the 3rd of June is the 2nd annual stand up for harm reduction event!

Join us for our 2nd annual Comedy extravaganza "Stand up for harm reduction" featuring the fabulous

Jeffrey Robert, https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.robert.9

Jamie Guerriero, https://www.facebook.com/Jamie-Guerriero-1095005757188749/?pnref=story.unseen-section

Sam Miller, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBQ55wkC_w

Aaron Fishbein, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaswEac1JzI

Robert Pidde, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uz57LuLSc8

Kelly Hannah, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNsQKWNOCwQ

Joshua Chambers, 

Elliott Rose,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9pnssB2zI

and Dj QweenB

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help facilitate the opening of our consumption room this summer, in an effort to help make Seattle a safe space for drug users.

you can buy tickets here:

https://peoplesharmreductionalliance.givezooks.com/events/2nd-annual-stand-up-for-harm-reduction

Aiming for Crime, Hitting the Homeless

Aiming for Crime, Hitting the Homeless

“They can hold these meetings, and scream and yell . . . and call for more cops, and point a finger at the most vulnerable in our communities. And blame them, instead of the people who are making public-policy decisions that are causing these inequalities in the first place.”

Under the Needle

Under the Needle

 

 

Against Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users? A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through the Injection Sites We Already Have Just Might Change Your Mind!

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/04/06/23911006/under-the-needle

Ithaca's Anti Heroin plan: Open a site to shoot Heroin.

Ithaca's Anti Heroin plan: Open a site to shoot Heroin.

"Though unheard-of in the United States, supervised injection sites have existed in Europe for years — one of the first was in Switzerland, 30 years ago — and in Vancouver, British Columbia, the only city in North America where the practice is allowed. They have been linked to a reduction in harm from heroin abuse: In Vancouver, fatal overdoses dropped 35 percent in the community surrounding its main injection site in the two years after it opened in 2003 and fell 9 percent citywide."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/nyregion/fighting-heroin-ithaca-looks-to-injection-centers.html?_r=0

 

Legalize it All.

Legalize it All.

 

https://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/1/

 

I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Why Seattle needs safe injection sites.

Why Seattle needs safe injection sites.

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 Reagan's are gone and put to rest, its about time their drug war follow suit.

The Reagan's are gone and put to rest, its about time their drug war follow suit.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-newman/nancy-reagan-war-on-drugs_b_9400628.html

 

"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."

New task force to tackle heroin epidemic in Seattle

New task force to tackle heroin epidemic in Seattle

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.

Love in our community

Love in our community

We tell people that we love them just the way they are. This week a little love came back to us. Emily (Tagalong) Walker who is one of the amazing Ave Rats who sleep outside in the university district made us a brand-new sign, she made the sign because two days a go someone had removed our sign from our door. She thought that was wrong and wanted to make us a brand-new sign. If you ever see Emily in the U District you should always reminder that she is loved and a valuable member of the U District community.

Meth Pipes and Oregon public broadcasting.

Meth Pipes and Oregon public broadcasting.


“If you want to fight the war on addiction let’s not fight the drug user; let’s fight the conditions, let’s fight the trauma, let’s fight the abuse that person has lived under,” Murphy said. “It is stigma, and it is abuse, and it is hatred that has gotten us to this place, and we will only defeat that with love and compassion.

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

 This Monday marked the end of an era along with a new beginning. Monte Levine and his partner Mark the founders of Ostrich Bay Exchange (OBE) located in Bremerton, Washington, have retired after 17 years of incredible service. Monte and Mark operated one of the longest standing exchange programs in the peninsula. In 2015, OBE merged with the PHRA to help facilitate Monte and Mark's well-deserved retirement. Lisa Al-Hakim, the second full-time employee ever hired at PHRA, will be taking over coordination of the OBE. Lisa will mark the second generation of harm reduction activists at OBE. She is looking forward to making OBE one of the best exchanges in the PHRA a family.

Times are changing

Times are changing

We have exciting news, We have just hired our second full-time employee for PHRA. All we've accomplished in the last eight years we have done with one paid staff and hundreds of volunteers. I would like to introduce you to Lisa Al-Hakim are Second full-time employee . Lisa been with our organization for the past six years volunteering mainly in fundraising and supply runs.

The heroes who came before us.

This year we celebrate 25 years of the University District needle exchange program. Along with the wonderful memories an incredible achievement of just making it to 25 years. We recognize the nine staff that died in our journey to create a positive change for the drug user community . Sebastian (filth) Greenberg, Julian (Sparrow), Autumn Menendez, Vanessa Downing, Rebekah Beck, Joe Albanese, Bob Quinn, Eric Hafey, Kathleen (Kat) McCarthy. We love and miss each and everyone of them. Some of them help create programs, some of them brought love and kindness, they all are remembered and loved.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St, Joan Receive the Golden Syringe Award

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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St, Joan Receive the Golden Syringe Award

Seattle.WA (University District) – May 31, 2015 – The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) recognized the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan with the first ever Golden Syringe Award on May 13th at PHRA’s Stand Up For Harm Reduction, Comedy Showcase at Jet City Improv.

The Sisters, an order of twenty-first century nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt who have helped lead the fight against HIV/AIDS were central figures in the Stand Up For Harm Reduction event. It’s only fitting that the Golden Syringe is larger than life and covered in glitter! It exemplifies the love and compassion the Sisters have towards harm reduction and Seattle’s transgender brothers and sisters. The Sisters took a stand in 2015 and made it possible for PHRA to start providing sterile and safe hormone injection needles free of charge to the transgender community through the University Needle Exchange.

Sister Glo Euro N’Wei states “I am deeply honored and proud to accept this award because my mission in life is everybody deserves love, everybody is worthy of love and everybody is love.” It’s a beautiful thing when two community organizations with similar philosophies can collaborate to strengthen our community.

“Every person that comes through our doors is told they are loved, they are worth it and they are good enough just the way that they are” says PHRA Executive Director, Shilo Murphy. PHRA works under the philosophy of harm reduction to fight the spread of infectious disease and educate the community about safer drug use. They offer safe disposal of used needles, access to new needles and clean supplies, referrals to other pertinent services such as detox and treatment options, and now free Hepatitis C testing, all in a non-judgmental environment. PHRA has been a key player in the local fight against Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

For more information about PHRA please visit www.peoplesharmreductionalliance.org

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Golden Syringe PSA

The Sisters take home the Golden Syringe Award!

We recognized the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan with the first ever Golden Syringe Award (covered in glitter of course) for their excellence in delivering love and compassion to our community. The award was presented on May 13th at PHRA’s Stand Up For Harm Reduction Comedy Showcase.