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April 25, 2016
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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, “...it 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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