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Video: “Empty Chair at the Holiday Table” Honors Victims of the War on Drugs


This moving campaign by Moms United to End the War on Drugs focuses on the people who have been separated from their families by incarceration, overdose, addiction or violence.

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The holidays are a tough time for families who have lost someone. Many families will be missing loved ones this year due to the repercussions of the global war on drugs—whether they have been separated by incarceration, or lost to overdose, addiction or violence.

To honor these people, families across the US submitted images of an empty chair, with a picture of a loved one from whom they’ve been separated. The images were compiled into this moving video, “The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table,” produced by Moms United to End the War on Drugs, an organization that aims to “stop the violence, mass incarceration and overdose deaths that are the result of current punitive and discriminatory drug policies.”

To participate in the campaign, you can sign and share the organization’s Bill of Rights here.