Mother’s Day: How the Drug War Hurts Families


Sabrina At NORML

NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and other Reform Organizations Team Up for “Cops & Moms Week of Action”
Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2 in honor of Mother’s Day. The press conference will launch a new coalition of national organizations that will represent mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous Drug War.
The NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and others will share powerful stories of losing loved ones to the criminal justice system, and the social repercussions of prohibition. The coalition will unveil the “Mom’s Bill of Rights” and highlight a series of activities around the country timed to Mother’s Day.
“‘Mother’s Day’ was derived out of an intensely political effort to organize women on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line against the Civil War,” explained Sabrina Fendrick, coordinator for the NORML Women’s Alliance. “The reason mothers were made the vehicle was because they were the ones whose children were dying in that war.

Diane Fornbacher
Sabrina Fendrick, NORML Women’s Alliance: “The government’s war on drugs is unacceptable”

“Women were also largely responsible for ending alcohol prohibition,” Fendrick said. “This is more than just a ‘greeting-card holiday,’ this is the beginning of an institutional change in our society.
“The government’s war on drugs is unacceptable,” Fendrick said. For our children’s sake, the concerned mothers of the world are being called on to demand the implementation of a rational,
responsible, reality-based drug and marijuana policy.”
Leaders of the campaign who will be speaking at the press conference include former Maryland narcotics cop and LEAP, Neill Franklin; vice-chair of the NORML Women’s Alliance and proud mother, Diane Fornbacher; Aaron Houston, executive director of SSDP; Kathie Kane-Willis a Chicago social worker whose son died from an overdose two years ago; Joy Strickland, CEO of Mothers Against Teen Violence; Nina Graves of Delaware, a mother and former assistant chief
of police, and others.
Moms United to End the Drug War will also be unveiling a “Moms Bill of Rights.”
Event Details
What:   Mother’s Day press conference announcing coalition between moms, cops and students against the war on drugs.  Followed by a
nationwide “Cops & Moms Week of Action”.
When:   May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Where: National Press Club – Washington, D.C.
Who:    NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Moms United to End the Drug War and the Drug Policy Alliance.