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Who is the NC Survivors Union and Why are we here?

North Carolina Survivors Union

Mission of NC Survivors Union

NC Survivors Union is a community led statewide organization led and directed using team-based feminist models of governance. We aim to improve the lives of people who have been targeted by the war on drugs by: 1)organizing, growing, and strengthening, community led grassroots groups, 2) educating, mobilizing and advocating for policies and programs grounded in harm reduction, healing and disability justice, 3) providing direct services in areas where high risk communities are denied even the most basic services.


To bring about an end to the war on drugs and bring about the process of renewal and restoration to an America no longer at war with people who use drugs

Core Values

Centering the voices of people who use drugs

  1. Centering the voices of people who use drugs and building  community led groups and horizontal team based leadership is grounded  with the understanding that the people who are affected by a decision / and or problem have a right to be involved in the decision-making / and or problem solving process.

  2. User led and community directed is structured with checks and balances and undertaken using a system which demands that the contributions of impacted people have the most influence around topic areas. Includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision. 

  3. Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers. 

  4. Public participation seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision. 

  5. Public participation seeks input from participants in designing how they participate. 

  6. Public participation provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.  

  7. Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.

  8. We aim to build the health of all people.

  9. Drug-Induced Homicide Laws

  10. Build leadership

  11. Grow Horizontal Leadership

  12. Build A statewide group

  13. Work with others to build a national campaign

We are building a community!


Community-led organizations (are groups and networks such as collectives, coalitions, etc., and networks) are entities whose governance (decision-making (bodies or processes)), leadership, staff, spokespeople, membership and volunteers (when applicable) (predominantly) reflect the characteristics of their constituents, and identify with and have transparent mechanisms of accountability to their constituents, irrespective of their legal status. Community-led organizations and networks are self-determining and independent of government and commercial or for-profit actors. Not all community-based organizations are community led.  Community-led responses are actions and strategies that seek to improve the health and human rights of constituencies, that are specifically informed and implemented by and for communities themselves and the groups and networks that represent them.  Community-led responses respond to and are determined by the needs and aspirations of their constituents and not from funders. Community-led responses include advocacy, campaigning and participation in accountability; monitoring policies, practices, and service delivery; participatory research; community-led education, information sharing, and service delivery; financing of communities; and capacity building. Community-led responses can take place at global, regional, national, subnational, and grassroots levels, and be implemented virtually or in person.Not all services that take place in community settings (community-based) are community led. Key population led organizations and networks: people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, female, male and transgender sex workers, and transgender people, of all genders

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