INTL Youth Convening Day Five: The Bangkok Declaration

Written by Convening participant Eva Cesárova, from Youth Rise and the Czech Psychedelic Society.  The last day of the convening started with a guest speaker: Gloria Lai from IDPC’s office in Bangkok. We learned about the remarkable work IDPC has done … more

January 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Immigration and the War on Drugs

Local Police Assistance with Deportations

IMMIGRATION AND THE WAR ON DRUGS Simple drug use or possession, particularly of marijuana, is one of the most common reasons that people are criminalized in the United States. In some cases, individuals with drug charges are even asked to … more

INTL Youth Convening Day Four: Coalition Building & Regional Advocacy

Written by Convening participant Florian Scheibein, Deputy Director of Help Not Harm. Jan Stola of Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA) kicked off the day with a session on best practice guidelines for conducting risk assessments. We identified, evaluated and … more

INTL Youth Convening Day Three: How To Be an Effective Advocate

Written by Convening participant Samuel Andrews, Policy and Information Officer at the New Zealand Drug Foundation. The third day of the Youth Drug Strategies Convening was focused on how to be effective advocates for the change we want to see. … more

UC Berkeley SSDP Chapter Organizes Class on “Rethinking the Drug War”

Last semester, Students for Sensible Drug Policy members Rhana Hashemi and Lalitha Thirunagari organized a student-organized class titled, “Rethinking The Drug War: Historical Context, Framing, and Education.” The purpose of the course was to develop student understanding of how the … more

INTL Youth Convening Day Two: Full Spectrum Harm Reduction

Written by Kelly Parra-Alba, a Convening participant and Communications Director for SSDP UK After an enthusiastic start to the week, Day 2 began with a 3 part session on Full Spectrum Harm Reduction and what this could entail for our … more

INTL Youth Convening Day One: Fostering a Global Youth Movement

As the first day of the International Youth Drug Strategies Convening kicked off in Bangkok today, young people from around the world discussed the ways in which the global drug war has impacted their communities. The first activity of the … more

Good People Call Their Senators

In just 24 hours, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be conducting appointment hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions, nominated to become the next Attorney General. Several appointees are likely to threaten drug policy and criminal justice reforms in the coming years, … more

Introducing Texas State University SSDP

It is with great fervor that I introduce Sharon Medina and the Texas State University (TSU) SSDP chapter, hailing from in San Marcos, TX. The formation of TSU SSDP marks our 4th official chapter of SSDP in Texas. Sharon has … more

International Youth Convening Commences in Bangkok

Bangkok is about to get hit with a heavy dose of sensibility. This week, 26 youth leaders from 21 different countries will be meeting in Bangkok, Thailand for the first ever International Youth Drug Strategies Convening. The goal of the … more