NEW YORK, July 15, 2016–The Doe Fund held a demonstration on July 14 outside Big Boy Deli in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, calling for an end to the store’s sale of synthetic marijuana, frequently referred to as K2 or ‘spice.’ More than 50 of The Doe Fund’s ‘men in blue’ held signs demanding “No K2” and chanted “No more K2!” to draw attention to the serious dangers of synthetic marijuana, and their opposition to its presence in the community.
The protest came in response to the latest mass overdose related to K2 in Bed-Stuy on July 12, which sent 33 people to the hospital. Bed-Stuy and East Harlem have been particularly hard hit by the drug.
“What we are seeing now with K2 is exactly what we saw with the crack epidemic in the 1980s,” said George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund. “Drugs continue to devastate our poorest communities and send countless people into the criminal justice system, away from their families and communities, out of mainstream society, and into the cycle of poverty, incarceration, homelessness, and hopelessness. We demand that Big Boy Deli stop facilitating the destruction of lives in this community, and we will protest any store that continues to sell this drug.”
The majority of the tens of thousands of men served through The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program have a history of drug use. Those who chose to attend the demonstration did so in order to voice their opposition to the disastrous effects of drugs on the communities many of them call home.
Doe Fund trainee Reginald Scott noted that help is available for those addicted to K2, saying, “These individuals on K2 can come to the program and do like I’m doing. They can get off the spice and come and work.”
Additional information about the demonstration can be found here:
WABC: Protest against K2 held in Bedford-Stuyvesant, led by The Doe Fund members in Brooklyn
NBC4: Former homeless men protest K2 sales in Brooklyn
WCBS: Anti-K2 rally in Brooklyn
PIX 11: Despite mass overdose, K2 users continue looking for next fix
News 12 Brooklyn: Protesters target alleged sales of K2 in Bed-Stuy
New York Post: Protesters gather in ‘Zombieland’ after mass K2 overdose
New York Daily News: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton vows to shutter all stores that sell synthetic marijuana in aftermath of K2 outbreak
DNAinfo: Bed-Stuy protesters urge action to end K2 epidemic after 33 users overdosed