On Saturday, September 27, Harlan Pruden, NE2SS councilmember, joined thousands of individuals and families in recovery, treatment partners and advocates from all fifty states to form a human chain – a living symbol of recovery - across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and marched to a rally at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan featuring a special solo musical performance by singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The Recovery Rally - organized in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) – marks the launch of The Recovery Project, a wide-ranging, multi-year initiative of A&E Network, federal agencies and leading non-profit organizations designed to help raise awareness that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible.
Befitting the enormous interest in the upcoming election, advocacy will be in evidence at this year’s Rally. There will be an Advocacy Tent set up to register voters as part of this year’s Recovery Voices Count Campaign and to encourage rally participants to advocate for policy change. Harlan helped with this effort to register people to vote and helped collect 100’s of names of people that endorsed the “Recovery Bill of Rights.”
Recovery Voices Count is part of a national movement spearheaded by Faces and Voices of Recovery to make it possible for even more of our friends, neighbors and family members to experience long-term recovery from addiction by building recognition of the recovery community as a constituency of consequence.