Raise Shit!

Social Action Saving Lives

By Susan C. Boyd, Donald MacPherson and Bud Osborn  

Paperback $26.95

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

  • Social Work
  • ISBN: 9781552663271
  • $26.95
  • August 2009
  • 192 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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Authors

  • Susan C. Boyd

    Saint Mary’s

    Susan Boyd is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. She is the author of a number of articles and books, including: Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the myths; From Witches to Crack Moms: Women drug law, and policy; Hooked: Drug war films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.; and co-author of Raise Shit!: Social action saving lives and Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media, and justice. She also works with national and community organizations that advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction initiatives..

  • 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.