BRIDGES is an advocacy coalition working to end overdose and criminalization by promoting safe spaces, dignity, health, and justice for people who use drugs.
Funding for BRIDGES is running out! That means the funding for advocacy for safer drug consumption sites in Baltimore will be halted.
Advocacy is the only way we will be able to ensure safer drug consumptions spaces are sanctioned in our city, but we cannot do this without financial support.
We need YOU to help bring these life saving spaces to our city. For over a year, we have been busy building a grassroots coalition throughout Baltimore hosting events at community centers and churches. We cannot afford to let our momentium slow down.
What do we need the funding for:
1. Organizing a citywide advocacy campaign to increase public knowledge and understanding of safer drug consumption spaces
Our advocacy campaign will be a 3-month long project that provides community members with a welcoming harm reduction space with shade from the summer sun, cold water, fans, snacks; as well as access to overdose, HIV, and Hep C prevention resources; and educational materials and discussions around safer drug consumption spaces.
2. Finanically support our FANTASTIC community organizer, Rajani
Named one of the unsung champions of harm reduction by the national Harm Reduction Coalition, Rajani has been the kind of organizer that you can trust and rely on. Fierce with her analysis of justice and equity, she is the leader BRIDGES needs!
3. Continue building relationships with community members, organizations, and consumers of safer drug consumption sites
BRIDGES is unique -- we don’t want a top-down approach to policy change. Change comes from the demands of the people!
4. Build political support for safe consumption sites
Supporters of BRIDGES' efforts include: former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore City Solicitor Judge Andre Davis, and former Delegate Dr. Daniel Morheim.
During the 2018 Maryland General Assembly, BRIDGES mobilized and prepared 17 coalition members to testify in support of SCS legislation. Over the past year, policymakers’ interest and conversations about SCS moved in a more positive direction than previous years, positioning BRIDGES for greater success in the next year.
Read about our work: