Washington Heights Corner Project (WHCP) was founded in 2005 as an activist-run street-based educational outreach and syringe access endeavor aimed at reducing the spread of blood-borne diseases among intravenous drug users in the Washington Heights homeless community. To help overcome stigma and systemic barriers to care, WHCP provides support and services in an empowering and non- judgmental environment and apply a participant-driven harm reduction approach.
Washington Heights CORNER Project
WHCP | Condom Team
WHCP | Outreach Team
The Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME) was a clinical trial that tested whether hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), a licensed medication, was as good as diacetylmorphine, the active ingredient of heroin, at benefiting people suffering from chronic opioid addiction who were not benefiting sufficiently from other treatments. SALOME concluded that hydromorphone was as effective as diacetylmorphine in treating severe opioid use disorder.
NYHRE is a syringe exchange, education and outreach organization, born out of the ACT UP movement in the late 80’s. Its mission is to fight the stigmas associated with HIV, drug use and sex work. The film focuses on its Holistic Health program, its roots in the Young Lords Party and how it teaches participants to incorporate knowledge from traditional indigenous ways and energy-based practices into their daily lives to enhance self care efforts.
New York Harm Reduction Educators
NYHRE | Holistic Program
NYHRE | Juan
The DTES Market provides street vendors with a place to sell goods found in garbage bins throughout Vancouver and make some extra money to supplement their social assistance. It also reduces waste destined for the landfill and provides an affordable place for community members to go in the rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood. The market was started in 2010 as a response to the criminalized street vending in the DTES and now receives a permit and small grant from the City of Vancouver.
Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Published monthly by the not-for-profit Street Corner Media Foundation, vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine for $2. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor. Megaphone’s goal is to provide a voice and an economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people while building grassroots support to end poverty.
Megaphone | ERIC
Melanie Mark | NDP
Melanie Mark is a Canadian politician, the first First Nation woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia; she is a British Columbia New Democratic Party MLA representative for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Born of Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Cree, and Ojibway ancestry, Mark was raised in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.