In recent years active users of illegal drugs have banded together in several American cities to form unions and engage in organized activism. “We ARE the People” (WATP) introduces the five original user unions in the United States and demonstrates how the War on Drugs is in actuality a War on People. The film explores the harms associated with, and stigma behind, many of the terms often used to describe people who use illegal drugs, including “drug abuser,” “addict,” “drug misuser,” etc. WATP also illustrates some of the ways that drug user unions not only provide support for their members but also actively fight against the stigma associated with drug use, and the war on drugs that sustains it.
“We ARE the People” features the leaders and supporters of this new American movement as they aspire to transform the dominant cultural perspective that shapes what it means to be a user of illegal drugs in the United States. This past autumn the original five drug user unions in the U.S. convened at the International Drug Policy Reform conference in Denver, Colorado. “We Are the People” gives the viewer a peek into this historic meeting in which the five unions formed a national federation: The United States Alliance of Drug User Unions (USADUU).