High Alert Campaign Update

There has been a phenomenal community response to High Alert since the campaign launched just a fortnight ago. In that time, we’ve spoken to 3AW Drive, been featured on Triple J Hack, had a long-form interview with Dean Beck on JOY FM, spoken to Triple R, 3CR, and appeared in Mixmag, Acclaim, and Sydney Criminal Lawyers Journal. We have been providing on the ground support and conducting observations of Operation Safenight. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Vice-President Ash Blackwell witnessed the police work, "The majority of people surrounded and "sniffed" didn't have the dog indicate drugs in their possession. For the majority of people that did have an indication they didn't possess an

Everyone Thinks Drug Testing Australians on Welfare Is a Terrible Idea

It appears the Government failed to ask any drug and alcohol treatment experts whether this policy would actually work. During Tuesday night's Budget, amidst a flurry of announcements of higher taxes for the big banks and huge spending on infrastructure, the Turnbull Government revealed it would be starting a program of randomly drug testing welfare recipients. Doctors, harm minimisation workers, and drug reform advocates have all told VICE they were shocked by the announcement. It appears the government failed to consult peak bodies around the country, including the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, about the new policy. Asked by VICE which experts were consulted about the policy chan

Introducing High Alert

Recreational and party drug use in Melbourne, a longstanding bugbear for Victorian politicians, is again under fire from prowling cops in the form of Operation Safenight. The program, which will run through to August, sends extra police patrols and sniffer dogs out to the nightclub district on Chapel Street, with the power to stop and search patrons on the street, standing in lines, and in vehicles. Plain clothes officers will also be sent into the clubs to pose as buyers and patrol the bathrooms. The program has copped a lot of criticism and now former politician and activist Nevena Spirovska has launched High Alert Melbourne: an awareness and support campaign that aims to combat Victoria P

This campaign is fighting against sniffer dogs in night clubs

On Saturday night uniform and plain clothes police flooded Chapel St and Fitzroy St, two of Melbourne’s busiest club districts. Accompanied by police dogs they targeted club goers, including venues and the lines outside them. By the end of the night, 10 people lining up to get into clubs were arrested for having drugs, including cocaine, MDMA, and ketamine. A media release from Victoria Police said the activity was a part of ‘Operation Safenight’ which aims to “improve safety and crack down on drug and alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour.” It’s an operation that will see an increase in Police presence in entertainment precincts over the coming months. High Alert is a campaign advocating

NEW CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO MELBOURNE POLICE CRACKDOWN ON DRUGS

A harm minimisation campaign helping clubbers access legal information and sniffer dog locations is being launched in response to a police crackdown on drugs in Melbourne clubbing precincts. Another 10 people were arrested on Chapel St at the weekend as part of 'Operation Safenight,' the Herald Sun reports, following 20 arrests on its first weekend. The crackdown is targeting venue dancefloors, bathrooms, lines and city streets with a heavy presence of uniformed and undercover police officers, and sniffer dogs, to try and catch people dealing and in possession of illegal substances. Now, clubbers will be able to access real-time sniffer dog locations via text message by signing up through th

#I #Don’t #Buy #It

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Melbourne 'High Alert' campaign aims to warn drug users of police raids at venues

A new campaign aims to offer legal advice to drug users and tip off dealers and clubs when police are set to raid venues. The campaign's founder has told 3AW their aim is to reduced harm that they say is caused by Operation Safenight. Nevena Spirovska is the founder of 'High Alert', she spoke with Tom Elliott. "I'm in no way suggesting that there aren't harms when it comes to taking drugs," she said on 3AW Drive. "In our team we have people that are practising law that will be able to provide, not only legal information, but legal advice." Link

High Alert Campaign Launch

High Alert is an apolitical, independent, grassroots campaign in response to Operation Safenight. Through our website, Facebook page, night club flyers, and a 'High Alert' hotline we will provide factual, accessible legal information for people who may encounter the Police when they're out and about.

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2017 has seen a major trend in advertising develop where companies take a stand on a political issue in an attempt to prove to their customers that they can put their money where their values are. It’s called ‘brand activism’ and we’ve seen some truly spectacular examples of it in the last few months. Pepsi became the laughing stock of the internet with their #JoinTheMovement advertisement, whereas Airbnb were applauded for their #WithRefugees campaign, which offered free housing to people affected by Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban.’ Previously, most brands have chosen to remain apolitical rather than take a stand on current political issues. This was done to avoid alienating customers who may n

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