What: End Overdose, Open Safe Consumption Spaces Rally
When: April 5th @ 12pm
Where: Steps of City Hall, Subway: N,R,4,5,6 to City Hall
Why: Over the past two months the Mayor has repeatedly stated that his delay in releasing the Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS) feasibility study is due to the “complexity” of the issue, though the basis of these statements is unclear. In his public statements, the Mayor has referenced different factors, including legal concerns, that these facilities are not a ‘panacea’ to the overdose crisis, and the administration’s focus on connecting people to treatment. Most recently, First Lady Chirlane McCray stated that City Hall is seeking more information because the SCS issue is so "complicated."
What is deeply troubling is that the Mayor and First Lady have failed to mention, even once, the substantial body of evidence that the SCS model saves lives. The Mayor has said he is going to release the study in "April." However, with our concerns and in the midst of an overdose crisis--we are demanding that the Mayor comes out to publicly support SCS and acknowledge that SCS save lives. Too many people have died, and we are saying NOT ONE MORE.