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This is some of the most exciting organizing in the United States, and it’s happening in a church in Charleston, WV.

Sixty-four people turned out for the latest SOAR (Solutions Oriented Addiction Response) community meeting. The group is led by people in recovery, but all are welcome.

Every meeting starts with new people introducing themselves. “I’m here because I’m homeless, and we need to have a voice. We are not on the streets by choice. We are not parasites. We are struggling. We are human beings, and we want to be treated that way,” offered one new member.

“I’m 6 months clean. And I want to do anything I can to help others, because that helps me in my recovery,” said another.

SOAR doesn’t quit. They’ve organized countless rallies, workshops, art exhibits, and other public events to reduce stigma. They’ve done voter education, issue campaigns, and fundraisers for recovery groups. Recently, some of their leaders organized the first ever Glow Recovery Run…more than 500 people showed up. They’ve trained hundreds of businesses, community organizations, and individuals to carry naloxone.

They do all this without a single paid staff…yet.

Please follow their work, and message them if you want to donate.

Across this state, people in recovery are leading the people’s response to the drug crisis. With few resources, they work miracles. We have no hope of turning our state around without them. And we need to choose the side of people in recovery, whether they’re young or old, veterans or civilians, or any person struggling with addiction.

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