Breaking the Taboo
New global campaign seeing Beckley working in association with Virgin Unite, Avaaz, Sundog and the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
The War on Drugs has failed. After 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil, all in the control of criminals. Drugs are cheaper and more available than ever before. Millions of people are in prison for drugs offences. Corruption and violence, especially in producer and transit countries, endangers democracy. Tens of thousands of people die each year in drug wars.
IMPROVING OUR DRUG POLICIES IS ONE OF THE KEY POLICY CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW.
On 5 December, we are launching a new initiative called Breaking the Taboo. To mark the event we are holding two film premieres of the documentary “Breaking the Taboo”, one in London on the 5th and the other in New York on the 6th, at venues provided by Google. At the same time our new website will go live at breakingthetaboo.com. The film will be made available on YouTube on 7 December. Until then, go see who’s breaking the taboo, featuring Kate Winslet, Morgan Freeman, and Dizzee Rascal.
You can also view the Beckley Public Letter, published in the Times and the Guardian, signed by President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, seven former presidents, twelve nobel laureates and many world-famous celebrities including Yoko Ono, Sting, and Richard Branson. The Beckley Public Letter forms the mission statement of Breaking the Taboo, and calls for an end to the war on drugs.
If you like what you see, you can sign our Avaaz petition to mandate the UN to reconsider their “one size fits all” approach to global drug policy.
Join us on 5 December and help to Break the Taboo!