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But What About Beer? A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces

Anarchist Movement

This zine was written because we felt that it might be important for people who have not encountered these issues before to have the opportunity to read through some of the common topics raised, so they can feel more informed and confident when discussing in a larger group. It is as well an act of solidarity with all the people negatively affected who don’t want or can’t get involved. We hope that by introducing these topics outside the discussion it will give people the option to read and reflect on what is written in their own time and space.

But What About Beer?

A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces – camps, events, social centers etc.

Introduction

This zine was written because we felt that it might be important for people who have not encountered these issues before to have the opportunity to read through some of the common topics raised, so they can feel more informed and confident when discussing in a larger group. It is as well an act of solidarity with all the people negatively affected who don’t want or can’t get involved. We hope that by introducing these topics outside the discussion it will give people the option to read and reflect on what is written in their own time and space. We are not calling for total abstinence or for a drug-free world. We would be happy if this zine provokes some thoughts on the use of drugs at political events, common activist spaces etc. and how this might affect everyone.

Since these types of events are relatively anonymous, temporary and often include a large amount of people that have not met or lived together previously, it is unlikely that people feel safe to express their feelings on this topic. For this reason it is safer to expect that there are people that are affected. This also takes off the pressure from the individual affected to have to speak up.

Below you will find some of the main questions and arguments in favor of drug use in common spaces and a basic response to them based on our own and other’s experiences from activist/political camps and events.

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But What About Beer? A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces
Authored by: Admin on Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 04:48 PM CDT

Drugs and activist events/spaces?

Just an all around horrible idea.

In my experience, the people who want to mix drugs and activist events are mostly alcoholics/addicts who are looking out for their own interests. They will have no misigivings about causing trouble if drugs are around.

Drug use in activist spaces also puts other people at risk. The authorities don't give a shit about who owns what packet of drugs when they raid a space. You want to sacrifice somebody's freedom and life just so you can get drunnk/high?

Just go to a fucking bar offsite.

But What About Beer? A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces
Authored by: clicketyclack on Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 11:28 AM CDT

 In my experience, this is one of the most poorly written, poorly argued, moralistic pieces of nonsense to address an important topic.

But What About Beer? A FAQ on drug consumption at common activist spaces
Authored by: kudzu on Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 11:59 PM CDT

It leaned too heavily on the "X makes some people uncomfortable" hand-wave, without much explanation of why or how.

Lots of things make someone uncomfortable somehow, but we don't make new rules to address all of them. What's special about alcohol that warrants listing it alongside very serious taboo things like homophobia, racism, and oppressive language?

Edited on Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 11:59 PM CDT by kudzu