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April 25, 2016
Julia-Grace Sanders and Casey Jaywork

“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs,” said Enrique Gonzalez, Community Advocate at the Public Defender Association, which helps organize VOCAL. “It’s been a war on people.”

Leonard King agrees. The Real Change vendor said he was raised in Chicago during the 1980s in a family ravaged by crack addiction. King said he supports safe drug sites as a way to keep other families from going through the same tribulations. “If they have safer environments where it’s sanitary for people to use” drugs, he said, “ opens their eyes to ‘Hey, maybe I have a problem, I need some help.’ [And] if they continue to use, at least they’re safe, they’re keeping their bodies clean.”

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