A heartfelt media campaign for mothers of IDUs . . .
Photos of Harm Reduction International
Just in time for Mother's Day. Here you will see the first media campaign promoting needle exchange programs to mothers of injectors. When I was the director of Positive Health Project in NYC we ran a media campaign targeting mothers of injectors informing them of our services. The message was not to kick your kid out onto the street if he/she kept using. Send them to us we will help prevent them from getting HIV and keep them connected to care.
My name is Tony, and I am one of the people Steve photographed for the blog a few years ago. I have a few comments I'd like to make and one reply I'd like to address. First the reply: I was at every HOWL movie night and, with the exception of one night, everyone (crusties included) was well behaved. The disturbances were caused by "Homebums." Homebums are homeless people that are not travelers. They reside in NYC all year long. Some of the younger ones have taken to dressing like travelers because it's a style choice. I understand the confusion this could engender, but I wanted to clarify that travelers were not at fault at HOWL. I have traveled for about half my life but was born and raised in NYC. I am homeless. I sleep in the street. The clothing I wear could identify me as a crusty, I guess, but it happens to be the most durable yet comfortable clothing that I can afford that also helps me survive the climate. I did not choose to be homeless, but am making the best of a bad situation. To attempt to formulate laws that target a specific group of people and, to refuse aid to people that are not from a specific area, smacks of racism. What's next? Will you refuse us treatment in hospitals if we aren't from NY? Will we be banned from libraries, parks, and other public spaces where (socially accepted) people congregate? This happened to us at Tompkins Square Park a few years ago. A certain group of police officers made an arrangement whereas homebums would be allowed to drink in the park if they kept the crusties out. This resulted in a number of assaults on crusties in the park. Assaults that, if reported, led to an official response of something along the line of, "If you weren't in the park, you wouldn't have gotten beaten up." I was arrested for brushing my teeth in the men's room and told if I returned to the park, I wouldn't have to worry about teeth anymore. I do realize that some people do things that aren't ok, but where is that different from the NYU kids that urinate in phone booths or against the walls every weekend? Where is that different from the weekend warriors that come into the neighborhood, start fights, break windows, then run back to the suburbs or outer boroughs in time to make it to work? is it because of how we dress? because we don't have access to showers and/or a closet full of (designer) clothes. i want to applaud people like Andrea, Lisa, and Raina at The Space as well as Heidi and Alli at Collide for the work they do to help us survive. This winter, as all New Yorkers can agree, was especially harsh. Without those groups, I'm sure some of us would have died. They not only help us survive outside, they actively work towards providing solutions and getting us off the streets. Maybe people should think about helping these groups out and not just singling us out for "legal termination."
Finally finished my photography book! It’s called…
Finally finished my photography book! It’s called A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. Here’s a schedule of events surrounding it’s release if anyone will be around the NYC or LA areas in March. Yossi…
HEY GUYS IT’S GONNA BE COLD AND SNOWING BETWEEN 5 AND 19 DEGREES BEGINNING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND GOING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING . . . IF YOU NEED TO GET INSIDE HERE'S A LINK TO ALL OF THE WARMING CENTERS IN NYC
NYC.gov – Warming Centers
With the drop in temperatures, the City is providing warming centers located within Senior Centers in the five boroughs for a place to get out of the cold during the day. Please see times and locations below.
Everyone should want to end the drug war. In regards to point #2 – remember that the Good Samaritan Law in NYC makes it safe for users to call 911 if someone they are with is over dosing
Why People Who Hate Drugs Should Want to End the Drug War
Many people hate drugs. It is easy to see why. Most families have had a loved one with a problematic relationship to alcohol or other drugs. While it might be counterintuitive, people who hate drugs should be at the forefront of ending our nation's failed drug war.
On Valentines Day I joined Ian on a trip out to Greenpoint to check out a show at the Matchless Bar. The event titled ‘Valentines Day Inebration’ was a nice break from the regular Valentines Day atmosphere. In lieu of my thesis, I’ve been working on making it out to different shows to study our particular demographic and their culture. While a work in progress, the thesis is a holistic study of the transient community, their culture, and their historical presence in NYC. I’m particularly interested in studying the transient community in regard to the music typically associated with their culture.
Yet, with the plethora of sub-genres of punk and metal its hard to pigeon-hole a defining sub-genre as inherently “transient.” As someone pretty naïve to the scene, I had thought of Crust Punk as a cornerstone of the whole Crustie population, and therefore the transient population. The show we attended was pretty metal, and didn’t have much of the political aspects intrinsic to Crust punk. Bands in attendance included The Mortals, an all girls thrash metal band, Florida natives the Fatals, NYC locals Wizandry, and The Trowels from Philly. The bands presented a pretty heavy metal sound in the small show room that was well attended.
It definitely proved to be quite an interesting event. Ian was actually able to get me an interview with a member from the 90’s punk band L.E.S. Stitches that definitely helped provide context to the whole scene. As I continue to work on the thesis I’m sure to give more updates. Check out some of the bands websites below and stay posted!
Last night was the opening of the Heroin Stamp Project. The gallery was full, as was the sidewalk and street outside. It was very interesting to see the eclectic group of people who turned out to see a collection of heroin stamp bags blown up and on display. There were some statistics throughout about Hepatitis C (2 out of every 3 new cases of hepatitis C are a result of injection drug use) and the history of heroin in NYC. All, in all, it was a really clean show that eased a demographic into a NYC reality that they might not usually come into contact with. A portion of the proceeds go to our partner the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. It’s open until June 29th, so go, check it out and support. 329 Broome St.