With your support, we will raise our goal of $2000 to make a short video documentary to shift the ways we understand substance use and addiction in our communities.
Substance use in our communities is often a manifestation of individual and collective traumas.Our family members are needlessly incarcerated and dying every day because a treatable disease has been framed as a crime instead of a healthcare issue. Many of our families continue to be criminalized for substance use instead of having access to the healthcare they need.
Women who are substance using and pregnant at the same time face a criminal (in) justice system that only serves to shame and stigmatize addiction. Mothers who use are often judged and told they must love their drugs more than their kids or that if they really loved their kids they would simply stop using. We want to make a short video to highlight the powerful stories of strength and resiliency of our communities and shed light on the lived realities of people who struggle with addiction every day. By challenging exiting narratives around parenting and addiction, we hope to demonstrate the need for increased access to prenatal care and treatment for women who are pregnant and substance using.
At Young Women United we believe those most impacted should be at the center of building the change we collectively want to see. In 2013, Young Women United organized alongside 30 women who had previously been pregnant and substance using at the same time. Together, we created a safe space to share stories and compiled them into a report to inform how our public officials make decisions about prenatal care and treatment for our communities. On Mother’s Day 2014 we will launch our new public education campaign, to change the landscape of the way people think of addiction and parenting. This campaign will bring together local artists and women who have using and pregnant to together create new images and messages about families living through addiction.
The stigma and shame around around addiction is holding families back from getting the resources they need. We see this video as a one starting point in beginning a new conversation about addiction. Our families deserve more.
Join us in changing the frame by donating today! No matter the amount, every dollar counts!
In love and solidarity,
Young Women United