Raise Shit!

Social Action Saving Lives

By Susan C.  Boyd, Donald MacPherson and Bud Osborn  

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This book tells a story about community activism in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES) that culmi-nated in a social justice movement to open the first official safe injection site. This story is unique: it is told from the point of view of drug users – those most affected by drug policy, political decisions and policing. It provides a montage of poetry, photos, early Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) meetings, journal entries from the Back Alley, the “unofficial” safe injection site, and excerpts from significant health and media reports. The harms of prohibition, and resistance, hope, kindness, awakening and collective action are chronicled in these pages.

raise shit

we have become a community of prophets in the downtown eastside rebuking the system and speaking hope and possibility into situations of apparent impossibility

to raise shit is to actively resist and we resist with our presence with our words with our love with our courage

by Bud Osborn

Authors

  • Susan C.  Boyd

    Distinguished Professor, University of Victoria

    Susan C. Boyd is a scholar/activist and distinguished professor at the University of Victoria. She has authored several articles and books on drug issues, including Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada. She was a member of the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. She is a long-time activist who collaborates with groups that advocate for the end of drug prohibition and for the establishment of diverse services.

  • Donald MacPherson

    Donald MacPherson is the former Drug Policy Coordinator for the City of Vancouver. He has been active for many years working on social justice issues that both strengthen and sustain the community in DTES.

  • Bud Osborn

    Poet Bud Osborn is a founding member of VANDU. He has been active for many years working on social justice issues that both strengthen and sustain the community in the DTES.

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