Families are struggling to survive and face these crises daily.

The Overdose Crisis

The overdose crisis, viewed through KISS, includes accidental and intentional overdoses, drug poisoning, opioid exposure, and a widespread drug supply that poses a constant threat. In the U.S., 11 lives are lost every hour, and in NYC, one life is lost every three hours. The tragic case of 1-year-old Nicholas Dominici, who was exposed to fentanyl at a counterfeit daycare, illustrates the severity of this crisis.

SOLVED BY:

Harm Reduction
Health & Wellness
Advocacy & Assistance

The Food Crisis

A food crisis is a severe shortage of food that results in suffering and hunger. KISS believes this also involves food apartheid, quality, affordability, malnutrition, and malnourishment. Every 3.6 seconds, someone dies from lack of food, totaling 24,000 deaths per day. It requires an urgent response to address immediate hunger and end practices that perpetuate food disparities.

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Food & Nutrition
Advocacy & Assistance

Drug-Related Complications

KISS resolves health complications tied to alcohol and drugs, including Substance Use Disorder (SUD), HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and other infections caused by sharing needles, organ damage from overdose, liver disease, conditions from injecting drugs, co-occurring mental health disorders, and flesh-eating from Xylazine.

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Harm Reduction
Health & Wellness
Advocacy & Assistance

Drug-Involved Implications

KISS raises awareness about the harm of alcohol and drugs on relationships and well-being. Substances can be used to control and overpower others, such as in date rape and coerced substance use in prostitution. Parents who use substances may face consequences, such as losing custody of their children. These situations can lead to physical and mental harm, and often involve violence, sex trafficking, alienation, legal conflict, profiteering, coercion, or exploitation.

Homelessness

At KISS, homelessness encompasses those living on the streets, in shelters, and in encampments. They suffer inhumane treatment from society, face a profound loss of quality of life, lack access to preventive and intervention resources, lack access to basic amenities, and are vulnerable to violence and early death.

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Harm Reduction
Advocacy & Assistance
Health & Wellness

The Housing Crisis

KISS acknowledges that the housing crisis is a result of long-standing inequalities, such as gentrification, discrimination, and a lack of ownership within oppressed communities. Its residents face the loss, devastation, and consequences of fires and building collapses. Furthermore, these residents often lack basics such as heat, hot water, elevators, paint jobs, and pest control in their homes.

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Advocacy & Assistance
Community Development

Educational Disparities 

Educational disparities, such as illiteracy and lack of community awareness, are common due to educational suppression and disinvestment in learning opportunities.

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Training & Vocational Development

Economic Disparities

Broken Families and Communities

KISS views broken families as a critical issue demanding a dignified and non-conforming response. Our drive includes addressing community disinvestment, which, for us, means combating division, individualism, social separation, and the marginalization of families. KISS recognizes ‌historical context, focusing on uplifting quality of life, safety, and living conditions. Our goal is to redefine the narrative around broken families, creating supportive communities where families can heal, thrive, and build resilient bonds. 

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Harm Reduction
Community Development

Generational Disparities

In the realm of generational disparities, KISS is a leading voice for breaking the cycles of poverty, substance use, and inherited impacts of slavery, imperialism, and genocide. We recognize the urgency to break these intergenerational chains, ensuring that each generation has the opportunity to thrive and overcome the challenges inherited from the past. We do this by providing a commanding and informative approach that recognizes the unique struggles and opportunities of each generation.

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Family-Specific

Racism, Racialism, and Racial Disparities

KISS believes that addressing racial disparities involves more than just acknowledging injustices, inequities, and violence. We must actively confront them. This includes recognizing how anti-blackness, a racist sentiment, affects different aspects of life such as health, wealth, and opportunity. We strongly oppose the erasure of people of color's positive contributions to history and media, as well as the ongoing oppression of Black and Indigenous people that prevents us from achieving a better quality of life. These disparities demand a dignified, authoritative, and non-conforming response in order to eliminate all tools of racial oppression.
 
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The Black Committee for Progress (BCP)

Ageism Against Youth

SOLVED BY:
Youth Opportunity
The Mentor Network

Interpersonal Violence

For KISS, our battle against violence encompasses fentanyl weaponization, drug-related violence, gun violence, gang violence, youth-related violence, sexual violence, racial violence, gender-based violence, and human trafficking. KISS commands a shift towards a safer, more just society where violence against the vulnerable is not tolerated. 

Structural Violence

Mass Incareceration

In the fight against mass incarceration, KISS takes a commanding and heroic stance, advocating for restorative justice and reform. Our goal is to break the cycle of systemic confinement, which has its roots in historical racial discrimination, ensuring that individuals affected by incarceration have the opportunity for redemption, advocacy among the wrongly accused, and a dignified life. We will not rest until every person who has been wronged by the system has the opportunity to be heard and have their story of redemption heard. 

The Sex Trade

At KISS, we shine a light on the often obscured and tragic challenges faced by individuals in the sex trade. We recognize the urgency of addressing this crisis, releasing those trapped in its grip. Less than 1% of the estimated 21 million trafficking victims are being identified, highlighting a global neglect in recognizing and protecting them. This stark reality emphasizes the dire situation faced by the vast majority, unable to leave or control who touches their bodies. The mortality rates among those in prostitution are alarming, with violence and drug use being predominant causes of death. The crisis remains vastly understudied but is unequivocally one of the most urgent and widespread challenges of our time. We recognize prostitution as a violence against humanity and a weapon.

Grief and Bereavement

In acknowledging the profound impact of grief and bereavement, KISS approaches this issue with dignity and action. We stand as a pillar of support, providing resources and assistance to those who have been tragically affected by the above crises. Our commitment is unwavering, understanding that addressing grief is crucial in our mission to defeat preventable death and build a future where humanity can succeed. 

Health Disparities and Chronic Illness

At KISS, we confront the critical issues of health disparities and inaccess with a dignified and magisterial approach. We recognize the systemic barriers that lead to unequal health outcomes, impacting marginalized communities disproportionately. Our commitment extends to dismantling these barriers, ensuring that every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances, has equitable access to quality healthcare. Through innovative grassroots solutions and community-driven initiatives, KISS strives to create a world where health disparities are eradicated, and everyone can access the care they need to thrive. 

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Health & Wellness
Advocacy & Assistance

Rescuing Families: A Call to Re-Define Our Fate


Our communities face a crisis of human dignity, human potential, and human existence. We die by the millions from preventable causes. Our family members are homeless, imprisoned, without food, and violent against each other. Overdoses and persecution threaten our children. Our communities are poor, racially unjust, and uneducated. But we can redefine our fate, and save our families if we act now. Take the first step in reclaiming our dignity, potential, and existence.



Let's end crisis for our families, together.

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