2021 Support. Don't Punish Global Day of Action

Support. Don't Punish.


2021 Support. Don't Punish Global Day of Action

29 March 2021
Support. Don't Punish

50 years ago, the government of the United States launched a ‘war on drugs’ that would tragically define the decades to come.

The idea that the challenges posed by drugs could be addressed through an ‘all-out offensive’ spread like wildfire across the globe, primed by international agreements produced against the backdrop of political expediency and bigotry, rather than evidence and empathy.

The consequences have been devastating. Some of them can be counted in the millions who have been arrested, incarcerated, and lost prematurely to wholly preventable deaths. But most of the impacts, reflected in personal stories of pain, trauma, and exclusion, cannot be reduced to numbers.

Importance notice on COVID-19

At the moment of writing these lines, 2.7 million people had lost their lives to the pandemic. Despite the hope carried by vaccination programmes, the world is still facing a catastrophe and we encourage you to think carefully about how your plans may be affected by the pandemic situation. In the Call, we ask you to devise contingency plans. In thinking about these, please check out the Bank of Ideas for Mobilisation (available in English and Spanish) as well as the report for the 2020 Global Day of Action, which includes many examples of remote/distanced mobilisation.

Call for Expressions of Interest

This Call allows us to identify plans and share with the wider movement, as well as to assess your needs and provide support where possible. The deadline to submit a response is Wednesday, 21 April 2021.


  • Submission period: 23 March – 2 May 2021
  • Assessment period: 3-7 May 2021
  • Notification of support & expected disbursement period: 10 – 24 May 2021
  • Global Day of Action: 26 June 2021
  • Feedback submission period: July – August 2021