“Mothers throughout history have come forward for the sake of their children,” says Gretchen Burns Bergman, executive director of Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing (PATH). “We’re coming forth saying that the drug war has been more damaging to our families than the drugs themselves.”
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is well-known for helping push forward Prohibition in the United States. But perhaps less well-known are groups such as the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform, who were instrumental in the effort to repeal the 18th Amendment. In that the tradition, Moms United to End the War on Drugs gathered on the steps of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse to deliver a message this Mother’s Day: no more drug war.
Reason.tv was on the scene to talk with mothers who’d had their families torn apart by U.S. drug policy.”You don’t realize the drug policies in this country until they have an effect on you,” says Lorraine Rebennack. “And when you lose a child, your life is never the same. Nor is your family.”